Corolla Light Town Center

1159 Austin Street

Corolla, NC 27927

About Us


We are Cath and Eliot Shook, proud owners of Flying Smiles Kites, a pro kite shop located in the Corolla Light Town Center, on the northern end of the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Eliot has been flying since the 1970’s beginning with Peter Powell Stunt Kites, complete with the 100 foot tails! Cath took a bit longer due to our children. But she too finally had the opportunity to fly, beginning in the mid 90’s and has pursued a passion for quad line kites.

This passion has invented the Mesh Rev, perfected by Eliot, sport kite competitions in the Eastern League and the AKAGN invitationals. Though they personally came to their level different ways, they both are considered Master Flyers in quad lines. And each are capable of teaching and encouraging dual line sport kites!

We grew up loving the outdoors with our family and friends…and we want to pass forward that opportunity to all of you.

– Cath and Eliot Shook

Kim Rakowski and Dr. Prashant Rathee helped Cath open the store in 2008.  We thank them for all the time they spent that first year, and since then.  Especially Kim who is still with us part time!

Prashant Beach Kim at Wine Festival