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Surfing Lesson FAQs

If I have never surfed before, is the Carolina Surf School for me?

  • About 95% of our students have never surfed before, let alone held a surfboard. Our Carolina Surf School is tailored to beginners. The only prerequisites are that you are able to swim, and ready to have the time of your life!

Do you have a valid permit from the Town of Wrightsville Beach to operate on the Beach Front?

  • We do have a valid permit. This ensures that we have current liability insurance and workman’s comp insurance. All of our instructors carry a copy of this permit at all times. It is the law in Wrightsville Beach!

Why should I select your surf school over any other?

  • Our reputation precedes us. Our founder has been teaching people how to surf professionally longer then anyone else in the area (over 18 years). Our team of instructors is second to none, we have a full time reservation staff that is available 7 days a week, and we use the highest quality equipment. You will also receive a payment receipt and a survey after your lesson. We want to continue improving our customer service, so every client’s opinion is important to us! Last season we invested over 1,800 hours of training into our team so we are prepared and professional.

If you would like a reference, just ask – we have many clients that would love to talk with you. Our greatest compliments are our many returning clients and word-of-mouth referrals. We also give back to our planet and the less fortunate through our “Giving Back One Wave at a Time” initiative. When you support WB Surf Camp you support all the good things we do and all the lives we change for the better.

Who are our instructors and coaches?

  • All of our employees are highly trained and dependable professionals who are here to help your surfing progression in an accommodating and friendly manner. Profiles of all of our instructors can be viewed under the instructor link on our website.

Where do my lessons take place?

  • We offer Surf School lessons at all area beaches in southeastern NC including Wrightsville Beach, Surf City, Topsail Beach, Figure Eight Island, Masonboro Island, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Fort Fisher.What time are lessons offered?
  • Private lesson times are tide dependent, but we do try to cater to your schedule as much as possible. Call for exact times if you have dates in mind. Public group lessons will be offered from 8:00-10:00 am and 4:00-6:00 pm.

What types of lessons do you offer?

  • We offer private lessons (one student to one instructor), semi-private lessons (two students to one instructor), private group lessons (three students to one instructor), and public group lessons (three students to one instructor). These can all be two or three hour lessons.

Tell me more about your public group surf lessons.

  • Our public group 2 hour surf lessons take place from Memorial Day to Labor Day. You can join this learn-to-surf clinic by yourself and get our group rate. They take place at Wrightsville Beach Access #4. It’s a great, affordable way to try out the sport of surfing. Adults can join us for multiple days and get 1 hour free surfboard rental to practice, then 1.25 hours of surf instruction.

What age range are your students?

  • We have students of all ages! We offer private lessons for ages 5 and up. Semi-private and group lessons are available for ages 11 and up.

Do you provide all the equipment?

  • 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. We also provide each student with a 50 SPF rash guard to wear while surfing to prevent chafing and sunburn. Equipment does matter, and the Surftech Soft tops surf boards we use are by far the highest quality on the market.

What do I need to bring?

  • Just wear a bathing suit and sunscreen, and all you need to bring is a towel and water bottle!

What will the water temp be?

  • The water temperature in Southeastern NC during the summer months will hover around 80 degrees. These perfect temperatures mean wetsuits are not necessary. We will supply you with a rash guard (equivalent to 50 SPF protection) to prevent sunburn and rashes.

What happens if conditions are unfavorable for surfing on a particular day?

  • To accommodate larger surf or stronger wind conditions, your surf instructors will tighten up the student to instructor ratio to 1:1 to maximize your safety and enjoyment. Should weather or wave conditions cause us to cancel a lesson, we will make every effort to reschedule your lesson. We average a 97% surfability factor during our summer season, so days are rarely missed. Your safety and enjoyment is our concern so we will reschedule your lesson if conditions are unsafe or unfavorable.

We are traveling to North Carolina from out of town. 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 call us at 866-844-SURF or email us at reservations@wbsurfcamp.com and we’ll be happy to send you a copy!

Should I tip my instructor?

  • Our team works hard to exceed your expectations and ensure that you have an unforgettable experience. If at the end of your lesson you are pleased with the performance of your instructor, a gratuity is never expected but would be greatly appreciated.

What sort of payment do you accept?

  • We accept VISA/MC/AMEX credit cards or cash. Your credit card will not be run until the lessons are completed.

What is your Reservation/Cancellation Policy?

This policy can be read by clicking here.

Preparing For Your Surfing Lesson

Pre-Lesson

WB Surf Camp would like to extend a warm welcome to you as a participant in our Carolina Surf School. Our founders, Rick and Jen Civelli, look forward to having you participate in our exciting program. Please review the following information to help you prepare for your lesson, and ensure that you and your instructor have the best time out in the water.

  • Ensure that you have sent us all of your required paperwork.
  • If you booked your lesson a few weeks in advance, then it’s a great idea to follow our Pre-Surf Exercise Guide to get your muscles loose and ready for surfing.
  • Eat a light meal.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Get a good night’s sleep.
  • Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes prior to the lesson time.
  • Plan to arrive early to find parking and your instructor.
  • At all lesson locations, your instructor will be wearing a red WB Surf Camp T-shirt or a red rash guard, so they should be easily spotted.

What to Bring

In order to provide you with best possible experience, please review the following list of items that you should bring to your lesson. We will providing you with our safe, high quality surfboards, a UPF 50 long-sleeved rash guard, and professional surf instruction.

  • Arrive wearing your swimsuit, ready to hit the water
  • Your signed Release of Liability forms
  • Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Water bottle
  • Hat & sunglasses
  • Money for the parking meters (see the PARKING tab for more details)
  • Cash to tip your instructor, if so inclined
  • For lessons from mid-September through May: a wetsuit and possibly gloves and booties to protect you from cool water temperatures. Please contact our Surf School Coordinator to arrange a wetsuit rental prior to your lesson: 910.256.SURF.

Directions

Directions to Wrightsville Beach Access #4:

  • Coming North on US-17 BUS/Market Street, turn right onto Eastwood Road/US-74E
  • Continue on US-74E, crossing over the drawbridge onto the island
  • Veer slight left onto W. Salisbury Street
  • Turn left on N. Lumina Ave. and continue until you arrive at 2398 North Lumina Avenue/Public Beach Access #4, on your right
  • Your instructor will meet you on the beach, at the Lifeguard Stand at Access #4

Directions to Surf City on Topsail Island:

  • From Jacksonville, follow US-17 S. to Holly Ridge
  • Turn left onto NC-50/East Ocean Road, continuing on NC-210/NC-50, crossing over the swing bridge
  • NC-50 becomes Roland Avenue, which you will follow until you take a left on N. New River Drive
  • Make the first right onto Greensboro Avenue
  • Your instructor will meet you on the beach, at the public access at the intersection of Greensboro Avenue and North Shore Drive, which is two blocks to the left/north of the Surf City Pier

Directions to Kure Beach, Fort Fisher Recreation Area:

  • Take I-40 East until it turns into NC-132
  • Continue south on NC-132, driving through Wilmington
  • US-421 joins NC-132; continue south on US-421, following it through the towns of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach
  • Turn left into the state recreation area on Loggerhead Road: Parking and the Visitor’s Center are to the left
  • The recreation area may also be reached from Brunswick County via the Southport/Fort Fisher ferry, which crosses the Cape Fear River. After exiting the ferry, turn right onto Loggerhead Road. Parking and the visitor’s center are to the left.

Parking

Parking at the area beaches can be challenging during the summer months. Please allow at least 15 minutes to find beach parking, and even more on weekends, as the lots fill up quickly. Below you can find details about each location’s parking procedures and policies.

  • Wrightsville Beach:
    • $2.00 per hour or $14 for a day pass
    • If you park in one of the large lots at Wrightsville Beach, there are pay stations that accept cash and credit cards.
    • If you park on the street, you will need change for the meters, or you can pay by phone.
    • For specific details on parking at Wrightsville Beach, please click here.
  • Kure Beach and Topsail Island beaches: parking is free
    • For more details on parking at Kure Beach, click here.
    • For more details on parking in Surf City, TI, please click here.
  • Carolina Beach: $1.25 per hour or $7 for a day pass
    • For more details on parking at Carolina Beach, please click here.

Post-Lesson

  • Be sure to stretch out when you get home. Surfing activates muscles that are infrequently used, so you might be a little sore the next day.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Bask in the glow of your accomplishment!
  • If you have additional questions, please call us toll free at 1.866.421.WAVE.
Surfing Lessons at Wrightsville Beach

Come and see why Surfer Magazine rated Wrightsville Beach, NC as one of America’s top 10 surfing towns! Thanks to Interstate 40 and nearby Wilmington International Airport (ILM), this is the most accessible beach on the North Carolina coast and a perfect place to take Surfing Lessons or Stand Up Paddle Lessons.

Surrounded by water, you’ll be able to enjoy invigorating sunrises over the Atlantic and calming sunsets over the Intracoastal Waterway. There are five miles of white sandy beach and beautiful clear water that resembles the Caribbean. If you sit in your beach chair long enough there is a good chance you’ll be able to observe Atlantic bottlenose dolphins swimming and playing just a few yards past the stand up paddle boarders. Lifeguards are on stand and patrolling the beach from Memorial Day until Labor Day.

Wrightsville Beach is just minutes away from Wilmington, but don’t get them confused. They are completely separate towns, connected only by the green drawbridge that goes up on the hour (or whenever you’re running late!). Once on the island, you’ll experience its unique charm and you will feel like one of the locals in no time.

If lounging on the beach and reading the local paper, the Lumina News, isn’t quite your speed, don’t worry because there is plenty to do here. Wrightsville Beach is one of the most active towns on the coast. Runners, joggers, walkers, and rollerbladers frequent “the loop,” a 2.45 paved running path that goes through the center of town and around the town’s park, police and fire stations. Within the park there are basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts and multi-purpose fields. You’ll also pass by Johnnie Mercer’s Fishing Pier, a 945-foot long concrete pier, built to withstand hurricane winds of 200 miles per hour!

If you prefer to get your cardio by shopping, there are plenty of unique boutiques and surf shops. Afterwards, be sure to enjoy some frozen custard or an iced-latte from the local coffee shop. The dining options at Wrightsville Beach are plentiful. Don’t miss out on a Trolley Stop hot dog or Robert’s chicken salad sandwich for lunch. For dinner, there are numerous fine dining establishments complete with water views.

Wrightsville Beach is just one of the many pristine beaches of Southeastern North Carolina, which is ranked among the top 12 vacation spots in North America. The clear warm water averages in the low 80ss throughout the summer months, making it an ideal location in which to learn the sport of surfing or stand up paddle boarding though our world renown Carolina Surf School!

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Surfing Lessons at Topsail Island

Situated at the southern end of Topsail Island, off the coast of southeastern North Carolina, the Town of Topsail Beach is the smallest of the three communities located on the 26-mile long island. The island is just off US Highway 17, about half-way between Wilmington and Jacksonville. If you are flying in, Topsail Beach is about an hour drive from the Wilmington International Airport (ILM).

The Town of Topsail Beach boasts a friendly, family-oriented style of beach living. High-rise development is not allowed, beautification is encouraged, and conservation of the island environment is a top priority. There are plenty of beach accesses up and down the beach, but save your quarters for the gumball machine because parking here is FREE!

If you need to do a little shopping to make your vacation complete, venture into Surf City, just a short drive north. Here you will find several shops, boutiques, and restaurants.

Topsail Island is well known for it fishing. The Jolly Roger ocean pier is located on the south end of Topsail Beach and is open from March through November. The Jolly Roger is more than just a pier though; it is an entire complex complete with a motel, convenience store, and bait shop. In the summer months, you’re likely to catch blues, spanish, spots, croakers, pompano, sheepshead, flounder and king, just to mention a few!

The wide, secluded beaches here are nesting grounds for the endangered loggerhead sea turtle. Also, Topsail Beach is home to the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. Jean Beasley, the hospital’s founder and director, was voted Animal Planet’s 2007 “Hero of the Year.” Every camper that comes through a Wrightsville Beach Overnight Program or Guppy Camp has the opportunity to visit the center and come face-to-face with one of these amazing sea turtles. The hospital takes in sick and injured turtles, rehabilitates them and then releases them back into the ocean. On average, 20 to 30 turtles are released each year thanks to the countless number of hours put in by the dedicated volunteers.

Topsail Beach is just one of the many pristine beaches of Southeastern North Carolina, which is ranked among the top 12 vacation spots in North America. The clear warm water averages in the low 80’s throughout the summer months, making it an ideal location in which to learn the sport of surfing or stand up paddle boarding though our world renown Carolina Surf School!

[Click Here to Make Your Reservations]

Surfing Lessons at Surf City

Have you or your kids ever thought about learning how to surf or stand up paddle boarding? Surf City is just one of the many pristine beaches of Southeastern North Carolina, which is ranked among the top 12 vacation spots in North America. The clear warm water temp averages in the low 80’s throughout the summer months, making it an ideal location in which to learn the sport of surfing or stand up paddle boarding through our highly acclaimed Carolina Surf School.

Situated in the center of Topsail Island, off the coast of southeastern North Carolina, Surf City is the largest of the three communities located on the 26-mile long island. The island is just off US Highway 17, about half-way between Wilmington and Jacksonville. If you are flying in, Surf City is a 45 minute drive from the Wilmington International Airport (ILM). Surf City is the commercial hub of the island with a variety of shops and restaurants to choose from.

This family-friendly beach is beautiful and un-crowded and it’s average small lazy summertime waves are perfect for beginner surfers. It is a great beach to set-up chairs, an umbrella, and picnic basket and settle-in for a fun-filled day at the beach catching waves, building sand castles and throwing a football around with the kids. There are plenty of beach accesses up and down the beach, but save your quarters because parking here is FREE!

There are many activities to try such as biking, hiking, golfing (regular and miniature for the kids.) This is a great place to rent a kayak and paddle around. You might paddle yourself right into the middle of a pod of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins! The wide, secluded beaches here are nesting grounds for the endangered loggerhead sea turtle. While vacationing here, you must take a short drive south to Topsail Beach to visit the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. Jean Beasley, the hospital’s founder and director, was voted Animal Planet’s 2007 “Hero of the Year.”

Surf City is also well known for its fantastic fishing. The Surf City Fishing Pier is 937-feet long with a 40-foot octagon at the end, a live well tank for king fishing, and two large fish cleaning stations. The pier is well lit at night if you prefer night fishing. In the summer months, you’re likely to catch blues, spanish, spots, croakers, pompano, sheepshead, flounder and king, just to mention a few!

[Click Here to Make Your Reservations]

Surfing Lessons at Figure Eight Island

Just north of Wrightsville Beach, Figure Eight Island, NC is a private, exclusive, oceanfront community. It’s a favorite hideaway for stars and political figures that vacation in one of the 441 homes on the island. You won’t find any commercial enterprises here. The only development includes a yacht club, a marina, tennis courts, and a boat ramp.

If flying in, Figure Eight is only 16 miles away from the Wilmington International Airport (ILM). It is accessible only by a guarded bridge across the Intracoastal Waterway. It is the perfect escape from reality but near enough to Wilmington that you have access to everything you need as far as shopping and dining are concerned.

This distinctive 1,300 acre island features over five miles of unspoiled white sandy beach. This uncrowded, beautiful stretch of beach is perfect for the vacationer who seeks pure peace and quiet. It’s a great beach to just relax with a good book and a big glass of sweet tea. Make sure you look up from your book every now and then because there’s a good chance you’ll witness Atlantic bottlenose dolphins cruising by. With the natural state of this island, you’ll also see numerous species of shore birds such as pelicans diving into the water after their lunch. You and your family will have a whole stretch of beach to yourselves so there is plenty of space for football, paddle ball, bocci ball or skim-boarding. When’s the last time you flew a kite?

Figure Eight is a great place to turn the TV’s off, forget about the internet, and get active. Surfing, Stand Up Paddle boarding, kayaking, kite-surfing and sailing are all popular water sports to try while on vacation. There are more surf breaks here than there are surfers so you’ll catch all the waves you want with no crowds.

You’ve got all day to catch fish from the shore and grill out with the family. If you don’t have much luck with the fishing though, there are great restaurants just a few miles away in the Porter’s Neck area. Try Kiva Grill and Two Guys Grill, some of Surf Camps favorites.

Figure Eight Island is just one of the many pristine beaches of Southeastern North Carolina, which is ranked among the top 12 vacation spots in North America. The clear warm water averages in the low 80’s throughout the summer months, making it an ideal location in which to learn the sport of surfing or stand up paddle boarding though our world renown Carolina Surf School!

Click Here to Make Your Reservations

SUP Lesson Information

SUP Lesson FAQs

What is Stand Up Paddle?

  • Stand Up Paddle boarding, also known as Stand Up Paddle surfing or SUP, is a water sport in which the participant stands, with feet pointed forward and parallel, on a board resembling a surf board. The SUP boards are longer, thicker, and wider than a typical surf board, giving it more volume, buoyancy, and stability. The sport can be enjoyed in the ocean, surfing, or in any calm body of water. The participant also utilizes a lightweight, single-blade paddle to propel, turn, and glide over the surface of the water.

If I have never SUP’d before, is this for me?

  • About 95% of our students have never SUPed before, let alone held a Stand Up Paddle board. Our SUP lessons are tailored to beginners. The only prerequisites are that you are able to swim, and ready to have the time of your life!

Do you have a valid permit from the Town of Wrightsville Beach to operate on the Beach Front?

  • We do have a valid permit. This ensures that we have current liability insurance and workman’s comp insurance. All of our instructors carry a copy of this permit at all times. It is the law in Wrightsville Beach!

Why should I select your SUP school over any other?

  • Our reputation precedes us. Our founder has been teaching people how to surf professionally longer than anyone else in the area (over 20 years). Our team of instructors is second to none, we have a full time reservation staff that is available 7 days a week, and we use the highest quality equipment.

After your lesson you will be emailed a survey asking for your feedback and a receipt reflecting your payment. We want to continue improving our customer service, because every client’s opinion is important to us! We enter every season well-prepared and with the highest degree of professionalism. We also give back to our planet and those who are less fortunate through our “Giving Back One Wave at a Time” initiative. When you support WB Surf Camp, you support all the good things we do and all the lives we change for the better.

Do you have references that I can contact?

  • Absolutely! We have many clients that would love to talk with you. Our greatest compliments are our many returning clients and word-of-mouth referrals.

Who are our instructors/coaches?

  • This season, we invested over 2,000 hours of training into our team. After combing through hundreds of applications each year, we select, interview, and hire only the best. Prior to the start of each season, every employee is certified in First Aid and CPR through the American Red Cross, certified as Level 1 Surf/SUP Instructor through our in-house training, and must pass a 500yd open ocean swim test.
  • One of the other traits that we look for in potential employees is a background education in marine and environmental science. In fact, many of our instructors are teachers, outdoor educators, or currently studying one of these fields. All of our employees are professionals who are highly trained, dependable, and are here to help your surfing progression in an accommodating friendly manner. Profiles on all of our instructors can be viewed under the our founder link on our website.

Where will my lesson/tour take place?

  • We offer SUP lessons at all area beaches and waterways in southeastern North Carolina.

What time are lessons offered?

  • Group Lesson/Tour times are from 9:00am – 11:00am and from 5:50pm – 7:30pm , but for private groups we do try to cater to your schedule as much as possible. Call for exact times once you have dates in mind.

What types of lessons do you offer?

  • We offer both private lessons and private group lessons. These can both be two or three hour lessons.

What age range are your students?
We have students of all ages! We offer private lessons for ages 5 and up. Semi-private and group lessons are available for ages 10 and up.

Do you provide all the equipment?

  • All equipment is provided. The Stand Up Paddle boards and paddles that we use are of the highest quality and are most conducive to safe learning and productive SUP’ing. We also provide each student with a 50 SPF rash guard to prevent chafing and sunburn. All of our equipment is brand new for our 2011 season.

What do I need to bring?

  • We recommend bringing a small beach bag with the essentials; sunscreen, water bottle, and a towel. Other than that, you can just wear your bathing suit/ board shorts.

What will the water temp 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 rash guard (equivalent to 50 SPF protection) to prevent sunburn and rashes.

What happens if conditions are unfavorable for SUP’ing on a particular day?

  • Should weather or wave conditions cause us to cancel a lesson, we will make every effort to reschedule. We average a 97% SUPability factor during our summer season, so days are rarely missed. Your safety and enjoyment is our concern so we will reschedule your lesson if conditions are unsafe or unfavorable.

We are traveling to North Carolina from out of town. 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 call us at 866-844-SURF or e-mail us at reservations@wbsurfcamp.com and we’ll be happy to send you a copy!

Should I tip my instructor?

  • Our team works hard to exceed your expectations and ensure that you have an unforgettable experience. If at the end of your lesson/tour you are pleased with the performance of your instructor, a gratuity is never expected but would be greatly appreciated.

What sort of payment do you accept?

  • We accept VISA/MC/AMEX credit cards or cash. Your credit card will not be run until the lesson is completed.

What is your Reservation/Cancellation Policy?

  • This policy can be read by clicking here.
Preparing for your SUP Lesson

Pre-Lesson

We can’t wait to paddle out with you! Please review the following information to help you prepare for your lesson, tour, or fitness class. These details will ensure that you and your instructor have the best experience possible.

  • Ensure that you have sent us all of your required paperwork, or that you bring it with you the day of the lesson to give to your instructor
  • If you booked your lesson a few weeks in advance, then it’s a great idea to follow our Pre-Surf Exercise Guide, to get your muscles loose and ready for SUPing.
  • Eat a light meal
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes prior to the lesson time
  • Plan to arrive early to find parking and your instructor
  • At all lesson locations, your instructor will be wearing a red WB Surf Camp Team T-shirt

What to Bring

We will provide you with safe, high quality Stand Up Paddleboards, paddles, PFDs, a SPF 50 short-sleeved rash guard, and professional instruction. Please review the following list of items that you should bring to your lesson.

What to bring:

  • Arrive wearing your swimsuit, ready to hit the water
  • Your signed Registration and Release of Liability forms
  • Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Water Bottle
  • Hat & Sunglasses
  • Money for the parking meters (see the PARKING tab for more details) Ocean lessons only
    Cash to tip your instructor, if so inclined
  • For lessons from mid-September through May: A wetsuit and possibly gloves and booties to protect you from cool water temperatures. Please contact our Surf School Coordinator to arrange a wetsuit rental prior to your lesson: 910.256.7873.

Directions

Directions to WB Surf Camp SUP Launch:

  • Coming North on US-17 BUS/Market Street, turn right onto Eastwood Road/US-74E
  • Continue on US-74E, crossing over the drawbridge onto the island
  • Take the first right onto Keep Street by the Redix store
  • Continue down Keel Street and park in the Motts Channel Marina Parking lot
  • Meet your instructor under the gazebo

Parking

Parking at the area beaches can be challenging during the summer months. Please allow at least 15 minutes to find beach parking, and even more on weekends, as the lots fill up quickly. Below you can find details about each locations parking procedures and policies.

Wrightsville Beach

  • $2.50 per hour and starts at 9:00am
  • If you park in one of the large lots at Wrightsville Beach, there are pay stations that accept cash and credit cards.
  • If you park on the street, you will need change for the meters, or you can pay by phone.
  • For specific details on parking at Wrightsville Beach, please click here.

Post-Lesson

  • Be sure to stretch out when you get home. Paddling activates muscles that are infrequently used, so you might be a little sore the next day.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Check our FB page to see some pics of your adventure
  • If you have additional questions, please call us toll free at 1.866.421.WAVE.