Teen Surf Camp - Outer Banks Cape Hatteras NC
Have you ever thought about learning how to surf? Do you already surf and want to improve your skills while meeting new friends? Have you already attended one of our other camps, and are looking for another incredible adventure? Come immerse yourself in the warm waters of the Outer Banks of North Carolina and learn about the incredible sport of surfing. Learn how to predict, select,and judge waves, and discover why some beaches break better than others.
Explore and surf the barrier islands of the Outer Banks, kayak the Pamlico Sound, climb the Hatteras Lighthouse, and visit the tallest dune on the East Coast at Jockey's Ridge State Park! Come learn about the amazing coastal ecology of this dynamic barrier island complex. Participants will be exploring miles of beautiful white-sand beaches from: Avon, Buxton, Rodanthe, Frisco, and Kitty Hawk. As always we will chase down the best waves the Outer Banks has to offer. We cater to the absolute beginner, and our staff of professional instructors will take your surfing to the next level. After surfing and exploring all day long we will recharge our batteries around a camp fire, while roasting marshmallows and making s’mores.
- Extensive daily surf instruction at a variety of surf breaks
- Guided tour of NC Aquarium at Manteo
- Kayak tour of the Pamlico Sound
- Climb the East Coast’s tallest dune at Jockey's Ridge State Park
- Visit the Hatteras Lighthouse
- Learn about ongoing oceanographic studies at the Duck Research Pier
- Earn 5 hours of community service
Below tuition includes all lodging, all meals, 24-hour same gender adult supervision, shuttle to and from the Wilmington International Airport (ILM), all equipment, professional surfing instruction (3:1 student to instructor ratio), daily transportation, activity fees, WB Surf Camp t-shirt, Surf Camp’s Pre-Surf Stretching Guide, Surfing Etiquette Guide, Sea Turtle/Coastal Conservation Guide, surftificate of achievement, and group photo. Each person is responsible for: roundtrip airfare to ILM and additional money for souvenirs. To secure your spot now, please select from the available date(s) listed below.
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Multisession weeks are a very popular option. This is a great way to take your surfing to the next level!
July 28 - August 3 | ages 13-16|| $1595||FULL|
August 4 - August 10 | ages 13-16|| $1595||FULL|
DAY 1-2: CAMP KICK OFF, INTRO TO SURFING, SURFING LIGHTHOUSE
All aboard! We’ll load up in Wilmington, NC as we prepare to drive to the Outer Banks in our 15 passenger vans. Excitement is mounting for the days ahead as we traverse the coastline on our way to the East Coast’s wave magnet, Cape Hatteras. Campers can choose to meet us at the KOA in Rodanthe if they wish, and we’ll join them when we arrive. Camp starts out with orientation, team-building games, and what to expect for the week ahead. Our first day of surfing starts off with Ground School where instructors cover important topics like ocean safety, marine life, sun protection, and wave dynamics in the Outer Banks. We’ll spend the day surfing the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse because waves tend to be very consistent here. For most of our dinners we’ll grill out, with campers adding their personal culinary touches. Each evening, we’ll discuss our highs and lows of the day, and have seminars on multiple aspects of surfing.
DAYS 3-4: AQUARIUM, SURF SESSIONS, KAYAK TOUR, BONFIRE
This morning we’ll make our way to the Manteo Aquarium where we’ll experience an abundance of marine life. Next, we head to Frisco to catch as many waves as possible! As you progress, you’ll be throwing shakas going down the line, taking your surfing to the next level. Tonight, we’ll enjoy an evening bonfire on the beach, roasting s’mores, and talking about the day’s adventures. In the morning we’ll take a scenic kayak tour of the Alligator River Wildlife Refuge. Alligators, red wolves, river otters, barred owls, egrets, and ibis call these back waters home. Nothing is more fascinating than getting to witness these creatures in their native habitats. In the afternoon we’ll make our way back to the lighthouse for another incredible session. By today, you can feel your arms and shoulders getting stronger. This is a sure sign that your paddling skills are really improving. Each day we’ve been helping keep the OBX beaches clean by doing a beach sweep at every beach we’ve surfed. We surf these waters, and we want them to be clean!!
DAY 5-6: JOCKEY’S RIDGE, DUCK RESEARCH PIER, NATURAL ART, CLOSING CEREMONIES
Today we give back to the local community by working with park rangers at Jockey’s Ridge State Park. The Ridge is home to the tallest sand dune in the eastern United States and we’ll have some fun surfing down this 80 foot high wall of sand! At the Duck Research Facility, an oceanographer will educate us about their work and all the impressive equipment recording changing waves, winds, tides, and currents. Their research pier is five football fields long, providing an incredible vantage to see what’s swimming (or surfing) in the water. If the wind is right, this could be your best session as we have the waves all to ourselves! Natural Art Surf Shop in Buxton welcomes us in the afternoon, where one of the last hand shapers creates all his boards, as he’s been doing so for over 30 years. You will get to meet the owner and take a private tour of his shaping rooms. We’ll finish off the day with a true local meal (if you like blue crabs, you’ll LOVE dinner tonight!) followed by an awards ceremony where we’ll name Campers of the Week.
DAY 7: CAMP CLOSING
Sleepy-eyed campers pile in the vans and we make our way back down the coast to Wilmington. Memories of the past week flood the air, and campers chatter back and forth about their best wave, what kind of board they want to get, and how they can’t wait to surf together again at Surf Camp next year!
Multisession weeks are a very popular option. When you combine any two weeks, you will receive the intersession free of charge (a $175 savings) if registered before December 31st. This is a great way to take your surfing to the next level!
Cape Hatteras KOA
For endless unspoiled sand and surf, we head for this oceanfront KOA on the Outer Banks. It’s just a few steps from our air-conditioned Kabins, over the dunes, to the Atlantic. You can walk the beach for miles, hunting for shells, casting for bluefish and scouring the surface for dolphins that often cavort by. Or head across this sliver of an island (it’s just a quarter-mile wide) to Pamlico Sound, where windsurfers and kiteboarders scoot off toward the horizon. With a pirate ship, a pool, a volleyball court, and a stage for talent night, the KOA is never short on activities when we’re done surfing for the day. It’s perfectly situated for the best waves on the east coast, not to mention all the amazing activities we participate on up and down the Outer Banks island chain.
This time of year the weather can show every side of itself within a matter of a few hours. We stay in the climate controlled Kabins so the sleeping is never uncomfortable, as it might be in tents. This time of year on Hatteras Island it can be pouring rain in one village and sunny and warm down in the next. It alternates between intense winds and calm glassy sunsets. Even the water temperature can fluctuate by 15 degrees Fahrenheit as cold fronts with whipping winds regularly pass through causing upwelling. We always recommend layers with the ever-changing weather patterns and sometimes even a wetsuit should the water temperature suddenly plummet.
Most days we will be surfing the famous beach at the Cape Hatteras lighthouse. The more intermediate and advanced campers there are, the closer we can get to the infamous first jetty. A highly prized wave in the area due to its consistency and natural rips which help surfers to paddle out on the really big days. Other days we’ll explore the “southside” and depending on wind and wave conditions we’ll explore the ever shifting sandbars to find our very own spots to surf.
Parent, Mount Pleasant, SC - "Hayden’s week at the Outer Banks camp last summer was such a positive experience for him, and seeing his picture and reading his comments reminded us how much he matured in that week away from home. Our special thanks to Director Jason who made an enormous impression. His influence will last a lifetime - both in terms of Hayden's surfing and more importantly, his appreciation for the power of positive attitude."
Javier, Silver Spring, MD - "I had such a fun time, I was in no mood to leave that Friday morning. I made great friends and really wish I could surf with them again sometime. We have all contacted each other through Facebook and have talked to each other on the phone. Aside from the awesome waves we experienced, the other campers and counselors that were there made the trip, a lot more enjoyable!”
Leah, Saratoga Springs, NY – “I had an extremely amazing time at WB Surf Camp! Meg really helped me a lot while we were in the water. I will remember it forrreverrr surfing is a life skill everyone should learn. It teaches you so much about life and yourself.”
Emily, Garden City, NY – “I had a great experience with WB Surf Camp. The workers are so nice and very helpful. I love camp and can't wait for next summer’s camp dates come out.”
Justin, Elizabeth City, NC – “I really had a great time at surf camp and can't wait to go again next year. I made a lot of friends from all over and the instructors were really great. I never surfed before and now I feel that I learned a lot and can't wait to surf more.”
Allison, Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA – “At first I was a little hesitant, but once I got there everything went uphill. I defiantly had the time of my life! Getting to meet some really chill people and then surfing with them. It was like having an adventure with what became like family. I had so much fun surfing and learning new things like ocean conservation and how to perfect my pop up. I was lucky enough to experience of the best day of my life at WB Surf Camp and it consisted of a full day of surfing, amazing grub, and a sweet bonfire. I'm so stoked for next year, just writing this is getting me amped for my next wave.”
Mitchell, Chevy Chase, MD – “I absolutely loved this camp. The fact that you spend almost every minute outside in the fresh air while surfing and being around great people who just want to make your experience more enjoyable. The instructors are amazing people who will always make you laugh in the worse situations. The past two years attending this camp I can say were the best weeks of my life. Everyone hangs out and once you get out to the camp, it seems like everything thing you left behind to go to the camp just disappears and all you can think about is how great of a time you are having. I will never forget the amazing weeks I have spent with the camp. I hope to play a part in the camps continued success by working for them next summer.”
Alex, Cary, NC – “It was awesome, I had tons of fun. I am coming back next summer and I look forward to having a great time surfing again.”
Ryan, Weston, MA – “Surf camp was awesome. I met a ton of new people and learned so much. Counselors like Hunter made camp awesome for me. He was so knowledgeable, that practically any question I had, he could answer. I think that surfing is a ton of fun but then when you have friends and then good counselors it makes it so much more fun. Surfing is maybe the best sport in the world.”
Oliver, Medford, MA – “I had some of the best times of my life and Steve and Jason deserve a lot of credit because they worked their tails off and they made all of our experiences better. I am looking forward to hopefully getting involved in surf camp again and I am thinking about in the future hopefully working for surf camp!”
Leticia, Caracas, Venezuela – “When we ask what the BEST was he hasn’t been able to make up his mind or decide if it was “THE INSTRUCTORS and how friendly and great they were to him, THE FRIENDS he made, THE WAVES he rode , THE FUN he had or how beautiful CAPE HATTERAS was” ….so I came up to a conclusion … the best thing of the weeks Luis spent at North Carolina this summer was SURF CAMP !”
Mark, Jacksonville, NC – “We had bonfires, went to a movie, cooked out, and surfed like crazy of course. Speaking of cooking out, the food is awesome. This past week that I went, there was even a vegetarian and the instructors always made sure that she got to eat what she liked. So again, I can’t say enough about all of the instructors help and generosity and friendship. I made very good friends this past week.”
Sara, Hastings on Hudson, NY – “The week that I spent in Cape Hatteras was one of the best weeks of my life! I had come to Surf Camp without any prior surfing abilities, which didn't create any problems at all. It was tough at first, but by the last few days I was riding tons of waves to the beach. Surfing is such an amazing feeling, and I'm so glad I experienced it with this group of people.”
If I have never surfed before, is this camp for me?
The Outer Banks surf camp was developed for the absolute beginner to the advanced surfer. There are so many beach breaks that are suited to different levels of surfing that it allows us to accommodate everyone’s surfing ability. More advanced surfers will be coached on more complex maneuvers while beginners will work on the basics with our top instructors.
If I have some surf experience will I get to learn more advanced maneuvers?
Although this camp is designed for the pure beginner, our staff is composed of amazing free surfers as well as competitive surfers, all of whom will be able to coach you to a higher level of wave reading, performance, and creativity in your surfing.
Do you provide equipment or should I bring my own?
All equipment is provided. We provide a variety of boards to use during your Outer Banks adventure. There are shortboards, fun boards, fishes, and longboards available for you to use.
Where will I be surfing?
We are extremely lucky to have the coastal geography of the Outer Banks so close to home. The coastline will bend from facing east/west to facing north/south within a driving time of 45 minutes, keeping the potential for great surf at our fingertips! Surfing locations in the Outer Banks are totally situational. This means that we can find the best waves for each surfing level depending on the current wind/swell conditions!
What kind of non-surfing activities will we be participating in?
- Explore the barrier islands of the Outer Banks
- Climb the Hatteras Lighthouse
- Visit the tallest sand dune on the East Coast at Jockey’s Ridge State Park!
- Guided, interactive tour of the Manteo Aquarium
- Check out the marine life from the Army Corps of Engineers’ half mile long research pier
- Kayak in the Alligator River swamps
- Cook up s’mores at nightly bonfires on the beach!
Will there be pictures of me surfing that I can purchase?
Our instructors will be taking some photos throughout the week, but we highly recommend that you bring your own camera. You will receive an email about purchasing Surf Camp’s photos in the weeks following the end of camp.
Where do we stay?
All instructors and participants stay in rustic, air-conditionedcabins at the KOA (Kampground of America) in Rodanthe, NC. The cabins do have electricity and are climate controlled.
What are the ages of your overnight campers?
The Cape Hatteras Overnight program is for ages 13 - 16.
How old are the campers I will be rooming with?
Roommates are grouped together by age (3 per cabin) in order to enhance the overall level of comfort.
How much spending money should I bring?
We recommend campers bring $50 to $75 per week of camp. This is for special food items and snacks, souvenirs, or gifts they wish to purchase while at camp.
Do you have insurance?
We carry a comprehensive insurance package, including general liability.
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