Meet the Crew

The Rosell Family

Paul Rosell
– Paul is the owner and founder of Hatteras Parasail in business since 1994. Paul saw an opportunity on Hatteras Island to open a parasail operation, traveled to Florida to train, and came home to open his own business – Hatteras Parasail. Over the years, Paul has flown thousands of people. As his children have grown and participated in the family business, Paul has been sidelined to maintenance. He keeps the business running smoothly doing the behind the scenes work on a daily basis. At the suggestion of his kids, Paul added kayak tours, wave runners, and just recently boat rentals to the family water sport business to keep him even busier and out of trouble. He still gets to fly customers every now and then when the younger captains allow him.

Maria Rosell-
Maria is the wife of Paul and mother of their six children. She is the glue that holds the family and business together. She takes care of the paperwork and reservation end of the business.

Jerry Rosell –
Jerry has been working in the business since he was 14 mating on the boat.  In 2007, at the age of 19, Jerry completed a US Coast approved course and got his Captain License to enable him to operate the boat. He is a graduate of Appalachian State University where he studied Art Education. Now, he along with his siblings, work the summer seasons in the family business. In his spare time, Jerry likes to surf, skate, coach soccer, coach tennis and minister the youth of Hatteras Island. 

Bryant Ballance -
  Bryant began working at the reservation desk at the age of 13 and then moved up to mate. At the age of 17, Bryant passed a US Coast Guard approved course and applied for his Captain License upon his 18th birthday. He has been working full time each summer in the family business.  After work, Bryant likes to play basketball, workout, and hang out with his dog Buster.

Tori Ballance- Tori also began at the reservation desk at  the age of 13 and soon began mating when the need arose. In May of 2011 at the age of 18, Tori passed a US Coast Guard approved Captain course and now joins the ranks with her two brothers. She works full time for us in the summer and attends Appalachian State University where she is pursuing a degree in Exercise Science with a monor in Health Promotion. She is pursing a job in her field.  In her off time, Tori is very active, playing soccer, basketball, surfing and swimming.

Asa Ballance- Asa began at the reservation desk at the age of 11, when customers would look at him and ask for a parent or an adult. Shortly after, he started mating on the boat. Asa continues to mate on the boat along with overseeing the wave runner portion of the business. He does general maintenance on the engines and keeps things progressing along. Asa passed a US Coast Guard approved Captain course and now joins the ranks with his sister and two brothers.  He is also a volunteer firefighter for both the Frisco and Hatteras fire departments and a ember of the Hatteras Island Resuce Service.  Asa enjoys surfing, fishing, soccer and basketball.  

Haley Rosell became an official member of the Rosell family when we adopted her in 2011 at the age of 7 after living with us for 3 years as our foster child. She is a perfect fit into our family with her high energy level and love of nature. At 11, Haley is in training for the reservation desk and helping wherever needed. You will see her on the docks catching many types of marine life and sharing her knowledge with others .

Brooke Rosell is the newest addition to the family as of October of 2013 as the newlywed of Jerry. She has a creative flair and is a photographer working for Daniel Pullen Photography. Brooke helps with the advertising and pictures for our family business. In her spare time , Brooke likes to watch her favorite shows , hang out with friends and sleep.

Elaine Whitaker – Elaine has worked at the reservation desk for three years and is better known as “Shug”. She is a family friend, neighbor and enthusiastic employee.  She loves to talk and assist customers with her friendly North Carolina accent. When not at the reservation desk, Elaine is the Career Development Coordinator at Cape Hatteras Secondary School. She has been in education for 31 years.

Madison Fairbanks – Madison has been at our reservation desk for several years helping visitors book their watersports adventures. Her friendly personality works well with our customers. She is a student at NC School of Math and Science in Durham, NC. Madison enjoys reading, fishing, basketball and hanging out with family and friends

Morgan Fairbanks –
Morgan has joined our ranks recentl
.y and is a wonderful addition to the desk. Her friendly smile and helpful nature make visitors feel relaxed and welcome. She is a student at Cape Hatteras Secondary School . In her off time, Morgan likes to read, swim, fish, and hang out

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