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Rick & Shelby attend Burning Man in 2005.
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Half Vast Enterprises is the brainchild of Rick and Shelby Kinnaird from Avon, NC. Why the wacky name? Rick needed a commercial for a community show and wrote the following joke: “Brought to you by R. F. Kinnaird Enterprises, a semi-large firm. Some people call it the most ‘half vast enterprise’ they’ve ever seen.” When the Kinnairds needed a name for the rental business, Rick’s first thought was “Half Vast Enterprises.”

Rick first came to the Outer Banks to fly kites in the 1970’s and he’s been coming back ever since. He is an internationally recognized “tethered aerodyne” (i.e. kite) expert and is the voice of the Smithsonian Kite Festival on the Mall in Washington, DC every year in the early Spring. He is a writer and hopes to publish his first novel in 2008.

Shelby has been coming to the Outer Banks about every year for most of her life. After spending 18 years in the computer business, she is now a freelance graphic designer, web developer and writer. She also loves to cook. One day she hopes to combine all of her passions by writing and designing a cookbook (with a companion web site, of course).

Rick & Shelby each always knew they loved the Outer Banks (Corolla to Nags Head), but they discovered Hatteras Island together. They like its unique, hometown feel. They settled on the sound side for the wind, the calm and the sunsets. They got married at Sound Mind & Body in June 2004.

The Bar Harbor View Cottage in Maine was the retirement home of Rick's parents. He inherited the property when they passed away. Rick & Shelby love Maine as well and spend at least two weeks a year kayaking, hiking and watching gorgeous sunrises over Cadillac Mountain from the deck.

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