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Family Surf Camp at Figure Eight Island

 

Overview

Come learn how to surf this summer! Surf Camp is offering an exclusive program for Figure Eight Island residents and vacationers. During this 5-day learn to surf or improve your skills adventure, you will get wet and on your way to building confidence in the fundamentals of this exciting sport. Surf Camp provides all the equipment and a safe minimum 3:1 student to instructor ratio. This program is for island residents or visitors ages 8 and up. Our certified surf instructors will pick up and drop off all campers daily at the footsteps of your beach cottage. Thats right Mom and Dad, nothing to worry about! Your adventure will last from 8:30am to 2:30pm each day.

Camps are filled on a first come / first serve basis.

This adventure is $595 total/per participant. Cost includes: professional surfing instruction, equipment, and the adventure of a lifetime! For ages 10 and up.

Call toll free now 1.866.844.7873 to talk with one of our reservation specialists to schedule your Family Surf Camp on Figure Eight Island, North Carolina. This adventure can be privately chartered for your family’s surfing vacation during the months of June – August.

Itinerary

Monday

As you head down to the beach and see the crystal blue water, your excitement for camp builds! Today, we’ll take you through “Ground School” on the beach where you’ll learn all about paddling, popping up on the board, and surfing safety measures. Once you’re comfortable with these techniques, we’ll stretch our limbs, getting them nice and loose for our surf session.

We’ll also spend a few minutes discussing wave dynamics and the different types of surf breaks, clarifying that there’s more to being a surfer than just riding a wave. In the water, you’ll have a safe 3:1 camper to instructor ratio, ensuring you receive personalized attention. You’ll paddle out, instructor by your side, giving words of encouragement. When the moment’s right, you’ll feel a push as you glide into the wave, hearing your instructor yell “Pop Up!” You may stand up on your first wave, or it may take you a few tries; every person is different.

Tuesday

Today we’ll have short re-cap of the techniques that you learned in yesterday’s Ground School and a lot of water time. We’ll also host a discussion covering important surf topics like ocean conservation, and surfboard design. You’ll also learn how to properly care for surfboards, how to wax a board and prepare a board for travel.

As you’re out in the waves today, you’ll feel your strength and paddling improve, as your muscle memory begins to take over. You’ll also practice sitting on your board and turning it, a necessary maneuver when surfing. You’re catching more waves today and getting a better grasp on how to read the ocean.

Wednesday

Today’s discussion is about surfboard design, which gives a fascinating glimpse into the history of surfing. We’ll also learn how to properly care for our surfboards, demonstrate how to wax a board, and prepare a board for travel. As your camper is paddling into waves today, you can tell they are getting stronger and their paddling improving. They’re catching more waves today and getting a better grasp on how to read the waves.

Thursday

Your child’s connection to the ocean has gotten so strong, and you’re amazed by all the information that they come home with each day. To enforce this, we’ll split into groups for a short beach cleanup followed by an assessment of what we find where some cool prizes are handed out to the winners. Campers may start paddling into their own waves today as you become more accustomed to timing and positioning. This is one of the more challenging aspects of surfing; the only way to learn it is with experience. Your child’s instructor will provide coaching and encouragement as they work on catching their own waves.

Friday

We’ll round out the week with a discussion on surfing etiquette and the specific rules all surfers should follow. Surfing etiquette is a critical part of surfing that WB Surf Camp emphasizes in all our programs. Your child’s final surf session is truly epic, all smiles and waves! They may even be riding down the line today! You and your camper are now part of the WB Surf Camp Family, and we welcome you back soon for more waves, friends, and fun!

Accomodations

This program is exclusively for island residents or vacationers, as Figure Eight is a private island. There are no commercial hotels. The 1,300 acre island offers vacation rentals ranging from luxury oceanfront to sound side homes. It is the perfect vacation destination for those looking for a delight in nature, providing a great place for bird watching, quiet beach strolls on white sandy beaches, and salt marshes. Figure Eight Realty represents many of the properties on the island for vacation rental needs.

Reviews

Patti, Hampstead, NC – “The staff is very professional and an awesome group of people. They work very well with each other and love what they are doing with the kids. Safety always comes first. They care about the kids they are working with. This was our daughter’s first experience with surfing and she had a great time and learned so much. The fact that every morning the instructors would teach the kids something new and review what they learned from the day before was a great touch. Surfing is not all about getting on the board and surfing there is so much more you do not realize that goes into it. A special shout out to Summer who made this experience extra special for our daughter.”

Colin, Aberdeen, NC – “Our instructor was great with my son. Ben was professional and fun. My son is excited about surfing and my four year old can’t wait for his lesson.”

Grace, Raleigh, NC – “ It was so fun!! After that I want to move to the beach and surf EVERY day!! I am definitely coming back for another! Everything was perfect! Katie was very nice and taught us everything and made us feel very good when we caught are waves!! Thanks so much I hope to see you soon!”

Guy, Youngsville, NC – “I was very impressed with how organized and professional the instructors were to everyone. My son really had a great time and has learned to enjoy surfing as well as have respect for the ocean and beaches. The instructors for WB Surf Camp were fun and very professional. They gave my son a stronger appreciation for our beaches and deeper respect for the ocean. He is very excited about surfing and can’t wait to hit the waves again. Look forward to next summer.”

Ellen, Raleigh, NC – “WB Surf Camp is the best – they are safe, fun and get right down surfing. My son has developed a love for surfing and the ocean and he is capable surfer! Taryn was AWESOME. My son had a blast and got a lot of surfing in with her and built his skills even more. We will be back again!”

David, Colts Neck, NJ – “Kat and Ben were great. They made the experience educational and enjoyable. My 8 year old son said it was the best day of his life.”

Nicole, Charlotte, NC – “Their instructor couldn’t have been better! My boys wanted to keep him. Excellent instruction, patient, and fun. I can’t thank Josh enough for making my boys’ vacation. They were just thrilled! The instruction was age appropriate and tons of fun, Thank you Surf Camp and especially Josh!!! We will be back.”

FAQs

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 is tailored to beginners. The only prerequisites are that you are able to swim and ready to have the time of your life!

What age range are your students?

  • Everyone ages 11 and up are invited to participate in this exciting learn to surf camp!

Do campers ever participate in more than one camp session a summer?

  • They sure do. They not only participate for several weeks a summer, they usually return for several years. Our small student to instructor ratio of 3:1 allows personalized coaching and continued skill development, plus it is just so much fun!

What will the water temperature be?

  • The water temperature in southeastern North Carolina during the summer months will hover around 80 degrees. These perfect temperatures mean wetsuits are not necessary. We will supply you with a rashguard (equivalent to 50 spf protection) to prevent sunburn and rashes during camp.

What time does the camp run?

  • Your adventure will last from 8:30am to 2:30pm each day.

Do I need to have my own surfboard to come to camp? 

  • No! All equipment is provided. The soft-top surfboards that we use are of the highest quality and are most conducive to safe learning and productive surfing. Equipment type does matter: the Surftech Soft Top surf boards we use are by far the highest quality on the market.

What do I need to bring?

  • The only items you need to bring are a bathing suit, sunscreen, towel, and water bottle. We recommend female clients wear board shorts to protect sensitive skin.

Is there a lifeguard at the beach you use? I am worried about some of the safety aspects of a surf camp.

  • All our camp instructors hold current American Red Cross Certifications including CPR for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid.  We are very proud of our impeccable safety record!

We are traveling to North Carolina from out of town just to come to your camp.  Are there hotels, rental properties, or campsites nearby that you can recommend?

  • We maintain a list of recommended campsites, hotels, and real estate companies in the area. Please e-mail us at info@wbsurfcamp.com and we’ll be happy to provide it!

Do you have insurance?

  • We carry a comprehensive insurance package, including general liability.