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Wrightsville Beach, NC
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Overnight Surf Camps - Wrightsville Beach, NC

This ultimate overnight surf camp for teens takes place on the pristine beaches of Wilmington North Carolina. Come to the camp where it all began and thousands of teens have found Overnight Surf Camp -  Teen Summer Surf Camptheir stoke of surfing. It’s amazing how proper surfing instruction from our world class coaches will accelerate your learning curve and eliminate the frustration most beginners face. Our certified team is experienced, knowledgeable, friendly and will guide you through our safe, effective progression. We know the importance of building a strong foundation and take the time to introduce all the fundamentals of surfing, board design, ocean dynamics, and wave prediction. WB Surf Camp is about focus, fun, and full immersion in this incredible sport. Joins teens from 46 staes and 26 countries all over the world for an adventure you will never forget!

The Wilmington area, known as the Cape Fear Coast, is considered the Hollywood of the East; Its location draws shows such as One Tree Hill and Eastbound and Down, as well as countless blockbuster films including Ironman 3. For you wahines, we were rated by SG Girl magazine as one of the top ten places in the world to travel alone for an unforgettable overnight surf camp adventure. With average summertime water temps in the low 80s, wetsuits are not needed and our summertime waves are perfect for beginner surfers. Money magazine has named Wilmignton the southern end of the North Carolina Coast one of the top 12 vacation spots in North America.

Our overnight teen summer camps are exciting, fun filled weeks of surfing, improving your skills, and exploring different coastal ecosystems on the East Coast. Come surf several different islands while having the time of your life! Stay in gender specific air-conditioned rooms at the Salt and Light Retreat Center on Topsail Island. While we cater to the absolute beginner, intermediates receive advanced coaching by our staff of professional instructors who will take you to the next level. You can search high and low, but you will find that we run the highest quality, most professional teen surf camp on the planet! Bring your friends, or come by yourself and see why Surfer Magazine rated Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina one of America's top 10 surfing towns.

Activities include:

  • Extensive daily surfing instruction at perfect warm water east coast beginner beach breaks
  • Guided interactive tour of the North Carolina Aquarium
  • Tour of the brand new 10,000 square foot Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital
  • Salt Marsh exploration: seine netting, crabbing, clamming, and species ID
  • Surfboard Factory and Shop Tour
  • Interactive daily seminars topics such as wave dynamics, swell prediction, board design
  • Surf movies, foosball, volleyball, beach bocce ball, disk golf, frisbee, and other fun beach games
  • Earn 5 hours of community service

Below tuition includes lodging in gender speific air-conditioned room, all meals, 24-hour same gender adult supervision, shuttle to and from the Wilmington International Airport (ILM), equipment, professional surfing instruction (3:1 student to instructor ratio), 5 hours of community service credit, daily transportation, WB Surf Camp t-shirt, activity fees, Sea Turtle Hospital donation, WB Surf Camp’s Pre-Surf Stretching Guide, WB Surfing Etiquette Guide, Sea Turtle/Coastal Conservation Guide, surftificate of achievement, and 8" x 12" group photo. To secure your spot now, please select from the available date(s) listed below. Enrollment limited. Multiple sessions can be combined for an extended stay.

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2016 WB Overnight Surf Camp Dates:

June 19 - June 25 ages 11-14 $1595
June 26 - July 2 ages 11-14 $1595
July 3 - July 9 ages 12-16 $1595
July 10 - July 16 ages 12-16 $1595
July 17 - July 23 ages 12-16 $1595
July 24 - July 30 ages 13-17 $1595
July 30 - August 5 ages 13-17 $1595


Camp starts off with orientation, ice-breakers, and walking 100’ to our main surf breaks. After covering the important aspects of ocean safety and swimming in the beautiful warm Atlantic for the first time, we head to the dining hall for our first delicious meal together. Before calling it a night, we watch one of many beautiful sunsets, chow down on some tasty deserts, set our surfing goals for the week, and share our stoke around the campfire!

It's time to catch our first waves! Our entire morning is spent across the street at our favorite breaks trading waves with your new friends and learning all the fundamentals you need to become a great surfer. After we break for a hearty lunch, we'll stay posted up at the beach all afternoon sharing waves and bumping volleyballs in the sand. With new friends surrounding you and long surf sessions on an amazing beach, we'll begin to get a feel for the waves beneath our feet. You are beyond stoked!

Our beautiful morning surf session will be followed with an exclusive tour of the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital and Rehabilitation Center. This brand new, multi-million dollar facility is the temporary home for sick and injured sea turtles found along North Carolina's coast. The TLC from these dedicated volunteers results in many of these animals' return to the ocean. You will be amazed at how perfect the surf is on Topsail Island with consistently clean wave conditions. You will catch wave after wave, only taking a break to reapply sunscreen, hydrate, and refuel with some tasty chow!

After several surf sessions, you've mastered the art of popping up. Now you're working on turning and heading down the line. The surf bug has bit! We take our advancing skills and high stoke to Wrightsville Beach to surf all morning. We'll finish this action-packed day with a visit to the North Carolina Aquarium, where we'll explore the many amazing habitats of North Carolina and learn about the animals found along our coastline. Once we get back to our ocean front campus, we will have the option of heading into the game room for some video games on the big screen or watching an awesome surf movie outside on the sand.

As you're paddling into waves today, you feel yourself getting stronger and notice an improvement. You’re catching more waves and getting a better grasp on how to read swells. After a morning spent soaking up the sun and surf, we'll transition to the back side of our barrier island paradise. Here we'll explore the different inhabitants of the salt marsh, while learning the important role this habitat plays in protecting our coastal habitats. The grand finale to the week is an awesome luau with food, games, limbo & hula contests, prize giveaways, and more!

Another day of catching long rides while newfound friends cheer you on - it doesn't get any better than this! Your instructors will conduct a mock surf contest giving everyone the opportunity to showcase their new skills. You'll be hooting and hollering for all your fellow campers as they catch their final waves. After dinner we will trade stories of the many amazing waves we caught while roasting golden brown marshmallows and eating smores around the fire pits.

It's hard to believe that a week has gone by so quickly! You'll try to talk your parents into letting you stay another week or where your next WB Surf Camp adventure will be. Whatever destination you choose, you know it will be magical! For our lucky campers staying for two weeks we do not skip a beat and hit the beach to surf a double session.



  • Stand Up Paddle Board Instruction
  • Kayak Tour of the Amazing Topsail Sound
  • Volleyball, cornhole, and other beach games
  • Hawaiian luau with food, hula & limbo contests, prizes, music, and lots more!


Gender Specific Accommodations

During camp, your home away from home will be Topsail Island’s premier beachfront retreat center, The Salt and Light Center. Located just steps away from one of our favorite surf breaks and pristine beaches, The Salt and Light Center provides the ultimate surf experience. Campers not only wake up to the sound of waves crashing and the feeling of ocean breeze on their faces, but also enjoy amazing sunsets, awesome prepared meals in our dining hall, beach volleyball, basketball, game rooms, fire pits, beach movies, and many more activities. The ocean view rooms we’ll be staying in are cozy, air conditioned, and have their own private bathrooms. Each camper has their own bed and rooms are gender-specific with counselors staying in adjacent rooms. The Salt and Light Center is the perfect location as it is only a short walk through a private beach access to endless waves and a gorgeous white sand beach.


Kathy, Charlotte, NC – “It was the first overnight camp for my 11 year old son. The staff with WB Surf Camp answered all of my questions and made me very comfortable. They even called two days before camp started! Their friendliness at check-in exceeded my expectations. I was really happy to have an insider view into camp with posts on Facebook. The counselors were equally kind and friendly on pick up day. Totally a fantastic experience, from initial contact to picking my son up. See you next summer!”

Sawyer, Raleigh, NC - “Attending WB Surf Camp was an amazing experience for me. I was very glad I chose WB Surf Camp to be my first overnight camp without anyone I knew. And the level of comfort was great; the instructors were so nice and tried super hard to keep everyone happy and comfortable. Honestly, there is not much more to say than THE CAMP WAS AWESOME! Thank you so much for the wonderful experience.”

Audra, Covington, LA – “WB Surf Camp is honestly the best camp ever. I loved meeting new friends and improving my surfing abilities! Everyone was like a big family. We all got so close. All of the instructors were super helpful and friendly! They made me feel right at home the day that I walked in. They make learning about coastal protection fun! I can't wait to go to WB Surf Camp again next year!”

Rob, Franklin, MA – “WB Surf Camp was the best experience of my life! I feel like I really improved my surfing ability and I met awesome people! The counselors Steve, Hunter, Marissa, Colby, and Sarah were all really cool and knew a ton about surfing. The eco activities were fun and I really learned a lot! We even went bowling on the last night of camp. It was a great feeling being away from home and just going to the beach to surf every day, and I'd do it again. By the end of the week, everyone was really close, and nobody wanted to leave!”

Lianne, Woodbury, NY - “After having a bad experience my first time trying to surf in New York, I decided I'd give the sport a second try. Going to a WB Surf Camp was something completely different from my normal summers and it was truly an incredible experience. Learning to surf was not the only memorable thing but I also made so many friends within such a short amount of time that I will keep forever, and had awesome counselors who truly enjoyed being with us! I will always remember and cherish Surf Camp and I will definitely continue surfing and loving all that the ocean has to offer.”

Eleanor, Chapel Hill, NC
– “WB Surf Camp was awesome, I've surfed before but at Surf Camp you get really good practice and become more capable of standing up, being comfortable with the ocean, paddling out easily, and catching waves by yourself. I had tons of fun and would definitely love to come back next year.”

Alyssa, Fredericksburg, VA - “Wow, your camp is amazing, one of the best weeks of my life! You have really put together a masterpiece. Your camp contains every element of summer, flexibility, sun, surf, great friends, relaxed atmosphere, and exciting activities all rolled into one great week.”

Grace, Arlington, VA - “WB Surf Camp was an amazing experience. Every day from eating at wag to surfing to cleaning the beach to playing “nuke-‘em” before bed it was all fun!”

Patrick, Schenectady, NY – “This camp is amazing. The instructors are all amazing and they make you feel comfortable. You make new friends and surfing with them is a lot of fun. This is an experience that I will remember for the rest of my life.”

Celeste Reeves, Charlotte, NC – “Surf Camp was an amazing experience and like none other. I had such a fun time there that when I got back home, I was sad that I wasn’t surfing. I will definitely be doing another surf camp next year and can’t wait for the new adventures that await me.”

Simon, Denmark - “In the summers before WB Surf Camp I went to language schools in England, to improve my English. This year I wanted to try something different and I had always wanted to learn to surf. Not only did I have an amazing time with great instructors, meeting a lot of new friends, and being introduced to surfing but I actually learned much more English in Surf Camp than in the language schools I’ve been to previously.”



If I have never surfed before, is this camp for me?
About 90% of our students have never surfed before, let alone held a surfboard. Our program’s dynamic curriculum is tailored for beginners. The only prerequisites are that you’re ready to have the time of your life and are able to swim.

Where will I be surfing?
We have a choice of three barrier islands all within a short distance from where we stay. We surf a wide variety of locations, and we choose the beach with the best conditions for all of our participants.

Will there be pictures of me surfing that I can purchase?
We will have a photographer taking high quality, high resolution photos throughout the week. You have the option of purchasing a photo DVD with all photos from your week. Please refer to your registration materials for details about this option.

What are the ages of your overnight campers?
Ages range from 12 to 17 and are sub-grouped by age.

What kind of non-surfing activities will we be participating in?

  • Guided interactive tour of the North Carolina Aquarium
  • Tour of the brand new 10,000 square foot Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital
  • Salt Marsh exploration: seine netting, crabbing, clamming and species ID
  • Interactive, daily seminars about topics such as wave dynamics, swell prediction, & surfboard design
  • 5 hours of Community service
  • Volleyball, cornhole, and other beach games
  • Hawaiian luau with food, hula & limbo contests, prizes, music, and lots more!

How old are the campers I will be rooming with?
Roommates are grouped together by age in order to enhance the overall level of comfort.

How much spending money should I bring?
We recommend campers bring $75 to $100 per week of camp. This is for snacks, souvenirs or gifts you wish to purchase while at camp.

Do you have insurance?
We carry a comprehensive insurance package, including general liability.

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