Surfing on the Cape Fear Coast

Surfing Guide for the Cape Fear Coast

Surfing is a way of life on the beautiful beaches of southeastern North Carolina. So many locals cherish and respect the rich history of the sport and lifestyle that make us who we are. Watching someone glide on a surfboard while perched on the crest of a wave incites awe! It also poses questions like how does one learn and who came up with this exhilarating sport?

Today surfing is a way of life for millions of people, but it is ingrained in history—born under the feet of indigenous islanders thousands of years ago. Surfing’s legacy began with the first Polynesians who experienced wave riding in route between the tropical islands spotting the Pacific.

Fast forward to the present and learning to surf it is at the top of everyone bucket list! There is no better place to cross that off your list than the consistent beginner breaks of the Cape Fear Coast.
In the summer, the clear and warm water temperature averages in the low 80s, making it an ideal location to learn to surf. Both our spring and fall shoulder seasons are also fabulous as crowds are light and the waves still perfect for learning.

Surfing is about getting back to the basics, and learning is an extremely popular option for both vacationers and locals alike. The best part is that anyone can learn! Surfing provides a platform that builds confidence for beginners, yet it can also humble even the most gifted natural athletes. You can start when you’re 5 or 75 and the key factor is professional instruction. Learning to surf the right way is essential to understanding the fundamental building blocks necessary to achieve your goals.

The best introduction into the world of surfing is through a professional surfing lesson or weeklong surf camp. Proper instruction will accelerate your learning curve and take away many of the frustrations beginners face—all while providing a fun atmosphere.

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Cape Fear visitor longboarding

When you are ready to catch your first wave make sure you choose a company that can provide you the best wave riding instructions possible. Keep in mind several important factors when selecting a program. First, ask how long the company has been in business. You will tend to find that the longer a company has been around, the better their instructional methodologies.

Second, all instructors at a minimum should be certified in CPR/First Aid and teach at a student to instructor ratio of 3:1.  Make sure safe, soft-topped boards equipped with safety fins are used. Taking lessons will teach you skills that could otherwise take months and years to learn on your own, while giving you knowledge and resources to continue at your own pace.

Picture this: focused eyes, ear-to-ear smile, your instructor cheering you on as you ride your first wave ever. My favorite summer moments are seeing the faces of beginner surfers light up as they ride their first wave!  Always remember that the best surfer out there is the one having the most fun.

Pura Vida!
Editorial by: Rick Civelli , Founder/President WB Surf Camp

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