Yoga Surf/SUP 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 and SUP 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 with a surf, SUP, and yoga retreat you will never forget. Stay a stone’s 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 WB Surf Camp family every night. Come meet other women from different backgrounds, beliefs, occupations, ages, and life experiences. Our empowering program and inspirational environment will help you realize you can do anything 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 only our professional staff can facilitate. Our energetic instructors will give you personalized attention while slowly pushing your limits in a noncompetitive and 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 accessible 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
- SUP Yoga on the tranquil waters of Banks Channel
- 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
- Participate in a Surfrider beach sweep
- Unlimited photos taken by our professional staff photographer available.
Cost includes oceanfront lodging at Shell Island Resort, breakfast and lunch, shuttle to and from the Wilmington International Airport (ILM), equipment (surf board rental, rash guard usage), professional surfing instruction (3:1 student to instructor ratio), yoga classes, SUP yoga, daily transportation to and from activities, Surf Camp t-shirt, activity fees, Sea Turtle Hospital tour and donation, WB Surf Camp’s Pre-Surf Stretching Guide, Surfing Etiquette Guide, certificate of achievement, and memorable group photo. For more specific information about our women’s surf camps or to secure your spot now, please call toll free 1.866.844.7873. Enrollment is limited.
DAY 1: Sunday
The day has finally arrived for the start of WB Surf Camp’s Women’s Surf, SUP, & 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 oceanfront resort awaits you along with the stoked and smiling faces of your professional surf and yoga instructors. After a brief orientation we head right out to go Stand Up Paddle Boarding. Afterwards, we’ll freshen up and take you to one of our favorite restaurants for a delicious dinner. You already feel at home in this cozy coastal town, rated one of the top 10 surf towns in America by Surfing Magazine.
DAY 2: Monday
Nothing beats a Carolina sunrise! Our first surf and yoga sessions will take place on beautiful Topsail Island. You will enjoy the fact that we are practically the only ones here during the day. After an amazing beach yoga session, we start off with our 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’re well prepared before we even enter the water. Now the time has come to start catching waves! 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.
DAY 3: Tuesday
As we head out for today’s adventures we will all grab an organic juice from Wrightsville Beach’s Superfood bar SurfBerry. We will board our own private boat and our Captain will deliver us to the uninhabited Masonboro Island, where we’ll spend the day on our boards and yoga mats enjoying this quiet slice of paradise. A publicly protected conservation area, “Mase” remains intact and unchanged as a natural pristine barrier island. Upon arrival we will start things off with a morning yoga session. Once loosened up, we will hit the water for several surf sessions, with lunch in between.
DAY 4: Wednesday
We start today with our daily yoga practice on our SUP boards. Challenging yet amazing SUP yoga is a must try! We will paddle into our own secluded cove while our certified SUP yoga instructor will lead us through a blend of challenging movements, with a heavy emphasis on alignment of the body and movement with breath. After lunch we will head out for another amazing surf session while your coaches will continue your learning process. 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.
DAY 5: Thursday
As the sun rises we’ll be guided through our yoga poses to help keep us limber and relaxed. Then it’s back to the private beaches of Topsail for another day filled with surfing. By now, yoga is becoming ingrained 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.
This afternoon, you’ll be treated to something very special. We will receive a private guided tour of the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital in Surf City and meet the magical patients. Each turtle has a story, and you will find it difficult to not be affected by these amazing creatures.
DAY 6: Friday
We will we walk on water once again but this time we’ll be taking our yoga instruction with us. While tucked away in a secret cove, you will get away from it all during this SUP yoga session on the peaceful waters Banks Channel. After some deep meditation, we will scull through the breathtaking views and wave to the passing paddlers on our journey back to the harbor. Once back on land, we’ll delight ourselves at SurfBerry’s organic juice bar! SurfBerry’s fresh pressed juices, acai, pitaya bowls and smoothies are packed with essential vitamins and nutrients that will provide you with amazing energy and leave you feeling great for the rest of the day.
Before paddling out for an afternoon of surf, we will comb Wrightsville Beach as a part of the Surfrider Foundation beach sweep. Nothing gives back more than the stewardship of protecting our environment. Dinner tonight will be overlooking the waterway. While boats dock and music fills the air, we will reminisce on the day and cheers to our last night together.
DAY 7: Saturday
It’s your final day of your Surf, SUP, & Yoga retreat, 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, complimentary Internet access, hot tub, fitness room, laundry facilities, and plenty of parking, available under a covered parking deck.
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?
- Tour of the Sea Turtle Hospital
- Day trip to the secluded island preserve of Masonboro
- Yoga on the beach as well as within the relaxed comfort of a local studio
Will there be pictures of me surfing?
- We will have a photographer taking high quality, high resolution photos throughout the week.
What if I want to room by myself?
- We offer single room upgrades for $900.
What is the nearest Airport and do you have a shuttle service?
- The Wilmington International Airport (ILM) is only 15 minutes away, and WB 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?
- 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.