Women's Surf Camp - Yoga Surf Retreat
Do you want to learn a new skill, challenge yourself, try something completely different, explore a new area, enjoy the company of other active women, or just relax in beautiful surroundings? Then pack your bags, and leave the rest to us. Our Women’s surf retreat is designed just for women, and will help you reach your own personal goals. Learning in a supportive, noncompetitive environment is one of the core elements of our very special "learn to surf" beginner program.
You work hard all year long so come spoil yourself to a 6 day/5 night surf and yoga retreat that you will never forget. Stay a stones throw from our white sandy beach at one of Wrightsville Beach's premier resorts. You will be catered to every day and eat healthy dinners with your new Surf Camp family every night. Come meet other women consisting of many different backgrounds, beliefs, occupations, ages, and life experiences. We offer a high quality empowering program, and inspirational environment that will help you realize that you can do anything that you set your mind to.
With our progressional and proven teaching system, we instill confidence every step of the way with our 3:1 student to instructor ratio. During our women's only surf camp, you will experience safety, relaxation, fun, and freedom in ways that our professional staff could only facilitate. Our energetic instructors will give you personalized attention while slowly pushing your limits in our noncompetitive supportive environment.
Some come to "get away from it all" leaving kids and husbands behind. Others just prefer a week in the company of women in a super safe and easy to get to destination. Claim your space and opportunity for personal growth and independence free from the requirements and judgments of everyday life. Bring a friend or come by yourself to our surf and yoga retreat and see why Surfer Magazine rated Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina one of America's top 10 surfing towns. This special retreat has limited spots, so make your reservations now!
- Extensive daily surfing instruction at perfect beginner beach breaks
- Yoga classes taught by certified instructors
- Learn Stand Up Paddle Boarding and tour the backwaters of Wrightsville Sound
- Boat ride to secluded Masonboro Island
- Tour of the new 10,000 square foot Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital
- Learn the history of surfboard design at Surf City Surf Shop
- Participate in a Surfrider beach sweep
Below tuition includes oceanfront lodging at Shell Island Resort, breakfast and lunch, shuttle to and from the Wilmington International Airport (ILM), equipment (surf board rental, rashguard usage), professional surfing instruction (3:1 student to instructor ratio), yoga classes, daily transportation to and from activities, Surf Camp t-shirt, activity fees, Sea Turtle Hospital tour and donation, Surf Camp’s Pre-Surf Stretching Guide, Surfing Etiquette Guide, Sea Turtle/Coastal Conservation Guide, surftificate of achievement, and memorable group photo. For more specific information about our womens surf camps or to secure your spot now, please call toll free 1.866.844.7873. Enrollment is limited.
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August 17 - August 22 | ages 25+|| $1895||FULL|
The day has finally arrived for the start of WB Surf Camp’s Womens Surf & Yoga Retreat! The warm, emerald green waters of Wrightsville Beach are beckoning. We have been preparing for your arrival all year, and we promise that this will be a vacation to remember! Your beachside resort awaits you along with the stoked and smiling faces of your professional surf and yoga instructors. You’ll have plenty of time to unpack and get settled in to your suite at Shell Island before we meet on the beach, toes in sand, for introductions and orientation. After taking a dip in Wrightsville’s warm waters, we’ll freshen up and then escort you to a delicious dinner. You already feel at home in this cozy coastal town, and the excitement you feel for the week to come makes it a little tough to fall asleep. When you finally do drift off, you’ll be dreaming of all the waves you’ll be surfing tomorrow!
Nothing beats a Carolina sunrise, especially if you are staying right on the water…which you are! Your instructors will be picking you up early this morning so that we can take advantage of the calm glassy conditions that the mornings bring. Our first surf session will take place on Topsail Island. One of our favorite aspects of this beach is that it’s a bit out of the way. So as you enjoy the scenic 45 min drive, you will further enjoy the fact that we are practically the only ones here during the day. We’ll start off with Ground School, during which your Lifeguard Certified instructors will discuss ocean safety, marine life, and the basics of learning how to surf. We will make sure you are well-prepared before we even enter the water. Now the time has come to start catching waves, which we’ll be doing for the rest of the day! With a maximum 3:1 client to instructor ratio, you will receive personalized instruction to help minimize your learning curve and increase your comfort level in the water.
After a solid surf session, you’ll enjoy the best lunch break ever while sitting under the shade of our tent and watching the waves roll in from an emerald green sea. After lunch, we’ll head back out for more water time. You’ll notice your muscles are beginning to feel well-used and maybe even sore at this point, which why it is the perfect time to kick off the yoga portion of the program. The best part is, we get to stretch out in the shade of our tents on the beach! Back at the hotel you will have plenty of time to relax before our team picks you up to head out to one of the area’s best “south of the border” hot spots for dinner.
Don’t miss the boat this morning! Wrightsville Water Taxi will be awaiting your arrival in the causeway with Captain Joe at the helm. Our Captain will deliver us to the uninhabited island of Masonboro, where we’ll spend the day on our boards, enjoying this quiet slice of paradise. A publicly protected conservation area, “Mase”, remains intact and unchanged as a natural pristine barrier island. After your relaxing boat ride past the salt marshes and across the inlet, we will pull up on the sound side, set up camp on the front side of the island, and start things off with a morning yoga session.
Once loosened up, we will practice our pop ups on the beach and then hit the water for several surf sessions, with lunch in between. Riding along the Intracoastal Waterway back to the docks, you will be enchanted by the amount of birds, fish, and beauty that naturally exist here. After freshening up at Shell Island, you will be whisked away once more to the OC. This posh wine bar and dining experience will be quite welcomed after a full day breathing in the fresh ocean air.
After the surfing and yoga you’ve been doing over the past several days, your body is feeling stronger and more alive. Surfing utilizes and develops muscles that are often rarely used, so some soreness is perfectly normal. This is why combining surfing with yoga is so beneficial. Each day we’ve been discussing a different surfing topic from etiquette and board design to surfboard care and surf “lingo.” It is important to know what type of board is best suited to your level, and we’ll visit Surf City Surf Shop, a Wrightsville Beach landmark since 1978, where you will get a firsthand view of the history of surfboards.
Today, we will be learning to Stand Up Paddle through the flat water estuaries that exist behind Wrightsville Beach. SUP boarding, as it’s called, provides an amazing low impact, core workout on oversized surfboards that will feel as stable as a boat after riding a standard surfboard. Honing your balance and strength while enjoying a tranquil stroll down the waterway and salt marsh will elevate your spirits before retreating to the WB Surf Camp Headquarters for an in-house yoga session in our office studio. Our dinner destination this evening will be a lovely tapas restaurant in the heart of downtown Wilmington, just a block from the riverfront. Historic downtown Wilmington is a bustling city center with many shopping, dining, and entertainment experiences along the Cape Fear River.
Its back to the private beaches of Topsail this morning for another full day of surfing. You can’t believe your week at WB Surf Camp is almost over, and you’re already mapping out where and when your next surf adventure will be! By now, yoga is becoming engrained in your daily routine and you’re feeling more balanced and in tune with your body. Taking that to the water, you feel more confident in your surfing and you’re ready to push yourself further. You’ll be coached by your instructors as you begin paddling into your own waves today, getting longer rides and maybe even riding down the line. And you’re continuing to have the time of your life!
After lunch and an afternoon surf, we’ll be guided through our yoga poses to help keep us limber and relaxed. This afternoon, you will be treated to something very special. We will receive a guided tour of the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital in Surf City and meet founder, Jean Beasley, as well as some of their magical patients. Each turtle has a story, and you will find it difficult to not be affected by the plight of these amazing creatures. We’ll make our way back down the coast where tonight’s dining venue will feature an exquisite fusion of Thai & Vietnamese cooking voted the past 8 years as having the best dining atmosphere in Wilmington. Get dressed up and practice your chopstick skills because tonight is going to awesome!
It’s your final day of Surf & Yoga Camp, but it’s not complete without one more surf and yoga session out in front of the resort. After a solid final session in the water, we’ll go out for lunch and share our stories, laughs, and memories of the week. Goodbyes will be said, and those clients who are flying out of ILM will be chauffeured to the airport by our staff.
Shell Island Resort
Nestled on the northern tip of Wrightsville Beach, Shell Island Resort is surrounded by a sprawling expanse of sand and unparalleled views of the Atlantic Ocean, Mason’s Inlet, and Figure Eight Island. This family-friendly resort and hotel boasts a front row seat to the beckoning sea and a beach that seems to stretch endlessly, making it feel like it is yours alone.
Enhanced by a recent $10 million renovation, Shell Island Resort is better than ever with every suite being oceanfront. Each full-service suite sleeps from four to six people and includes one bedroom, one and a half baths and a great room that includes the living area with full size sleeper sofa, dining area and a kitchenette. Every suite is individually owned and distinctively decorated, providing all the amenities you expect. Open the door to your own private balcony to let the sea breeze in and bring the beach just a bit closer.
Features include a refrigerator, microwave, stovetop, coffee maker and blender, color cable on LCD Flat Screen HDTV’s, High-speed Internet access via complimentary wi-fi network, Blu Ray DVD Player in the Living Room, Bath and Body Works amenities in bathrooms, a 100% Smoke Free facility, newly remodeled indoor and outdoor pools, a new oceanfront restaurant and bar complete with outdoor seating, business center with complimentary Internet access, gift and sundries shop, hot tub, fitness room, laundry facilities, beach chair and bicycle rentals, sand volleyball court, and plenty of parking, available under a covered parking deck.
With the sand and surf just steps away, their new restaurant and bar, the North End Bistro, will soon become your favorite place to lounge in the morning. They feature American cuisine with local flair and flavor. The Bistro is open daily for breakfast each morning before your instructors pick you up for a day of surf and yoga at our beach of the day.
To keep things fresh we will be picking you up from the Shell Island Resort each morning to go surf various locations around our area. We will share the uncrowded beaches of Topsail Island and the completely empty beaches of Masonboro Island. We will spend at least one day surfing right out front on the well groomed sandbars of the north end of Wrightsville beach as well.
Irene, Apopka, FL – “I had the best time and did not want the week at WB Surf Camp to end. Bonding with the group and making new friends was the highlight for me. Surfing and yoga were awesome as well, but what made it so fun was experiencing it together and growing together with everyone. Thank you WB and the fab 5.”
Elise, Raleigh, NC – “Thank you all for a fabulous time!! it was just what this mom needed - the yoga on the beach & the fantastic surf lessons. I have the bug and hope to see you all again soon in the line up. With much thanks, gratitude & appreciation! WB Surf Camp, you guys rock - one stoked mom!”
Katie, Wilmington, NC – “I LOVE WB Surf Camp! I have been surfing off and on for a few years but never took a lesson. Now, I wished I had taken a lesson at the beginning. In just 5 days, I feel so much more comfortable in the ocean and I learned soooo much! The ratio of 1 instructor to 3 students was awesome, as we all got lots of attention in the water. I always felt safe and comfortable in the ocean. The instructors were all super positive and motivating and I was smiling and laughing throughout the whole day. I never felt rushed or stressed. The schedule was all very flexible depending on the waves and the weather. I recommend this to anyone, from beginners to experienced surfers. You will not only improve your surfing, but you will also make great new friends to share some incredible moments with. Om Shanti.”
Judy, Greensboro, NC – “I have had many terrific experiences in my life, travelled extensively, and met many different kinds of people. I consider your Women's Surf Camp program one of the highlights of my life. At 51, surfing could have been a real challenge, but the instructors made it easy. The amount of time and care you have put into making a top notch surf camp was evident every day. I would absolutely recommend WB Surf Camp to friends and look forward to travelling with you again. GREAT INSTRUCTORS, GREAT PROGRAM YOU ALL ROCK!”
Eirinn, Danbury, CT – “I had an absolutely fantastic time at WB Surf Camp. Learned quite a bit while I was there. I am already looking into coming back!”
Emily, Ontario, CANADA – “The instructors were also very supportive. Whenever I felt like giving up, my instructor was always willing to help me figure out what I was doing incorrectly, or just suggest that I might be dehydrated or need to take a break. Either way, my instructor was always helpful. So in conclusion, I had loads of fun! I definitely think WB Surf Camp is one of the most exhilarating experiences that I will ever experience. I can't wait to surf again.”
Jen, Burlington, VT – “Thanks for an awesome week! I had so much fun! I can't wait to go surfing again, and maybe even come back to North Carolina (although I'm hoping that Vermont will also develop a coastline sometime soon...) Thanks again for a great time!”
Chrissy, Columbia, MO – “WB Surf Camp was absolutely amazing, I really wouldn't change anything except I wish we were there longer!”
Pamela, Las Vegas, NV – “The camp was wonderful, the instructors were entertaining, positive, flexible and seemed genuinely dedicated to making this a good experience for the group. Katie is one of the best yoga instructors I've had. Very knowledgeable, giving us beneficial poses and modifications for every skill level in the group. Most important, she had a great positive energy that made the sessions therapeutic.”
If I have never surfed before, is this Camp for me?
About 90% of our participants have never surfed before, let alone held a surfboard. Our program’s dynamic curriculum is tailored to beginners. The only prerequisites are to be ready to have the time of your life and be able to swim.
Where will I be surfing?
We will enjoy the serene, relaxed beaches of Wrightsville Beach and Topsail Island.
What kind of non-surfing activities will we be participating in?
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 if I want to room by myself?
We offer single room upgrades for $500.
What is the nearest Airport and do you have a shuttle service?
The Wilmington International Airport (ILM) is only 15 minutes away, and Surf Camp provides shuttle service to and from the hotel. Our office stays attuned to any delays or cancellations to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible. Check in for our overnight surf camps is around 3:00 pm on the first day and check out is around 3:00 pm on the last day, ensuring maximum surf time.
What if I can’t get in by the set check in time?
Our office staff will be happy to coordinate your travel schedule with our onsite instructors and airport shuttle. In order to avoid missing any planned activities, participants should try to get in by 12pm on the first day and leave after 3pm on the last day.
How much spending money should I bring?
This is at your discretion. All meals are provided except for dinner, where we will be dining out at some of our favorite local restaurants. Any other snacks, food, or alcoholic beverages are not included
Should we tip our instructors?
Our staff works extremely hard, even before your arrival, until you’re safely on your way home, and even after you’re gone as a professional team. We will be your guides, instructors, entertainers and chauffeurs, providing services for which you would normally tip at home. If at the end of the week you are pleased with the performance of our team, a gratuity is always graciously and greatly appreciated.
Do you have insurance?
We carry a comprehensive insurance package, including general liability.