Overnight WB Teen Surf Camp
This summer marks our 20 year anniversary! 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 their stoke of surfing. It’s amazing how proper surfing instruction from our world class coaches will accelerate your learning curve and eliminate the frustration beginners face. Our certified coaches are experienced, knowledgeable, friendly and will guide you through safe, effective progression.
Our overnight teen summer camps are awesome, fun filled weeks of learning how to surf, improving your skills or just enjoying tons of surfing time. We cater to all levels of surfers from the absolute beginner to advanced teens. You will receive skill appropriate coaching by our staff of professional instructors who will take you to the next level. Join teens from 48 states and 27 countries all over the world for an adventure you will never forget!
- Stay in air conditioned ocean view rooms at our Topsail Island Surf Shack.
- Extensive daily surfing instruction at warm water consistent beach breaks
- Surf Photography Analysis
- The best camp food ever!
- Learn about wave dynamics, swell prediction, board design
- Surf movies, ping pong, foosball, volleyball, smash ball, beach bocce ball
- Hawaiian luau
- Free digital photos taken by our professional staff photographer
- Enrollment limited
Cost includes lodging, all meals, 24-hour same gender adult supervision, shuttle to and from the airport (ILM), equipment, professional surfing instruction (3:1 student to instructor ratio), t-shirt, Sea Turtle Hospital donation, Surfing Etiquette Guide, and 8″ x 10″ group photo. Multiple sessions can be combined for an extended stay.
Campers must be tested for COVID-19 within 3 days before arriving at camp. Low-risk behaviors are advised after testing and prior to camp
While at camp, participants will be staying in the heart of Topsail Island. Pronounced Tops’l by the locals, this 26-mile long, quarter-mile wide barrier island has a rich history filled with pirates, fishermen, and surfers. Nowadays, Topsail is known as a laid-back beach town.
Campers will be housed in this fully furnished retreat center with an ocean view, air conditioning, and beach access just a few feet away. This is an ideal location, as we will only be steps from some prime waves. Campers will see the sun rise over the ocean while checking conditions from their balconies.
The rooms are gender-specific and feature air-conditioning, comfortable common areas, and gender-specific bathrooms. Each participant will have his or her own bed. WB Surf Camp staff members are housed on-site and will provide 24-hour, same-gender adult supervision. Campers will enjoy dining together in our very own dining hall.
Campers will not only enjoy the breathtaking sunsets from the decks of the Retreat Center, but also campfires and outdoor activities such as volleyball, corn hole, spikeball, basketball, and much more.
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.”
I have never surfed before, is this camp for me?
Our program’s dynamic curriculum and awesome surf instructors can coach beginner through advanced surfers. The only prerequisites are that you’re ready to have the time of your life and are able to swim.
I have surf experience will I get to learn more advanced maneuvers?
Our staff is composed of amazing free surfers as well as competitive surfers, all of whom are great technical instructors and will be able to coach you to a higher level of wave reading, performance, and creativity in your surfing.
Should I stay for one or two weeks?
A sizable number of teens stay for 2 weeks each summer. We offer supervision and coaching in between sessions so teens get to continue improving their surf skills while staying at our ocean view campus.
Where will I be surfing?
We have a private beach access right in front of our accommodations that offers up great uncrowded warm water beach breaks. Water temps will be between 78 – 82 degrees so no wet suites are needed.
Will there be pictures of me surfing?
We will have a surf photographer taking high quality, high resolution photos throughout the week. We will be posting pics to Instagram and FaceBook as well as viewing them at camp.
What are the ages of your overnight campers?
Ages range from 11 to 17 and are sub-grouped by age and session.
What kind of non-surfing activities will we be participating in?
Additional non-surfing activities based on weather, wind and wave conditions may include:
- Stand Up paddle board adventure
- Kayak Tour of the Topsail Sound
- Guided interactive tour of the North Carolina Aquarium
- Tour of the new 10,000 square foot Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital
- Surfboard shop tour
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