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NC Marine Debris Symposium News: Fall 2014
By November 17, 2014 Read More →

NC Marine Debris Symposium News: Fall 2014

Marine debris is a problem that continues to grow.  Our waterways and oceans are constantly polluted with a wide variety of marine debris ranging from polystyrene trays and plastic bags to derelict fishing equipment and abandoned boats. Marine life, such as several Fish species, Whales, Sharks, Sea Turtles, and Birds have been known to ingest marine debris or become entangled in marine debris, which may lead to injury, intestinal blockage, and death.  Marine debris is an Eastern North Carolina concern not only because of the threats to our native wildlife, our ecosystem and our own health, but it also washes up on beaches and shorelines degrading the environment, and effecting our local economy and tourism. Local cooperation and regional partnership is needed to create public awareness while developing ways to […]

Coastinista:  Your Daily Cup of Coastal Conservation (Tangled Up in the Blue)
By October 31, 2014 Read More →

Coastinista: Your Daily Cup of Coastal Conservation (Tangled Up in the Blue)

A few years ago, as seen in these photos, I was doing a beach cleanup at the South end of Topsail Island and came across this Common Loon that was hooked, tangled, and emaciated. I was able to grab him, remove the hook and line, but he was still in bad shape.  I took him to Possumwood Acres Wildlife Rehab in Hubert where he recovered and was released. This is not all that uncommon and happens from time-to-time when surf and pier fishing. This summer, while attending the Southeastern Marine Debris Consortium Workshop in Charleston, I got a text message from a friend, who was pier fishing, with a photo of a Loggerhead Sea Turtle entangled in his line. I […]

Peace of mind in the ocean: The first user-friendly shark deterrent band

Peace of mind in the ocean: The first user-friendly shark deterrent band

CHARLESTON, SC Oct. 7, 2014 –  Shark. Just one mention of the ancient jagged-toothed creature that lurks beneath the waves fascinates our culture as much as it inspires fear. This image is amplified annually through the beloved Sharkweek program, which has run for more than 25 years. People know the chances of a shark attack are minimal, but we have a hard time silencing the fear that we could be the unlucky one. Nathan and David Garrison, surfers, divers, and Co-founders of Mano (the Hawaiian word for Shark), say they and fellow surfers share a heightened fear of sharks because they spend so much time in the ocean. Nathan is quick to note, “We always hear the ‘lightning vs shark […]

Women’s Surfing Competition Returns to North Carolina

Women’s Surfing Competition Returns to North Carolina

Wahine Classic kicks off week of surf contests, camps WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC July 15, 2014 – On the shores of the nationally ranked surf town in some of the country’s cleanest ocean waters, more than 100 female surfers from New York to Florida will compete in shortboard, longboard and standup paddleboard heats during the Wahine Classic in Wrightsville Beach, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 15-17.   The quintessential surf town made National Geographic’s short list of America’s Last Best Beach Towns in its June/July 2014 issue. Also in June 2014, Wrightsville Beach was named by the Natural Resources Defense Council as one of its 35 Superstar Beaches for its clean ocean waters.   Wahine Classic organizers Jo Pickett of Crystal South […]

Acclaimed Cold Stroke Classic Returns to N.C. January 18

Acclaimed Cold Stroke Classic Returns to N.C. January 18

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC January 7, 2014 – Wrightsville Beach will host one of the East Coast’s longest running stand-up paddleboard races on Friday and Saturday, January 17-18, 2014. The 6th Annual Cold Stroke Classic features the coldest race conditions of the year in coastal North Carolina. Over 120 professional and recreational paddlers from all corners of the United States and countries as far away as Portugal will race. “The Cold Stroke Classic launched the sport of SUP on the East Coast,” says John Beausang, editor and owner of DistressedMullet.com, a leading online paddleboard resource. “It brought early pioneers and SUP ambassadors to Wrightsville Beach, including Chuck Patterson, Byron Kurt, Brandi Baksic and E.J. Johnson. It was the race that launched […]

Wilmington area Athletes Dominate East Coast Paddle Surf Championship

Wilmington area Athletes Dominate East Coast Paddle Surf Championship

Wrightsville Beach, NC November 17, 2013 – Following a Canadian sweep of the North Carolina Surf to Sound competition on Saturday, Wilmington area athletes Jarrod Covington and April Zilg won top honors on Sunday in the Men’s and Women’s divisions of the East Coast Paddle Surf Championship. “Sun and waves. We couldn’t ask for anything better in November,” said Covington. “The surf was excellent, about waist to chest high with clean ocean conditions. The wind was light. The sun was shining all day and everyone was sitting on the beach like the middle of summer. Absolutely perfect.” More than 150 athletes from eight states, the Virgin Islands and Canada gathered in Wrightsville Beach, N.C. for friendly, yet intense paddleboard competitions […]

Canadians Capture Top Elite Wins in NC Surf to Sound Challenge

Canadians Capture Top Elite Wins in NC Surf to Sound Challenge

Wrightsville Beach, NC November 16, 2013 – Under sunny skies with mild temperatures in the mid-60’s, over 150 competitors from eight states, the Virgin Islands and Canada participated in the 3rd Annual North Carolina Surf to Sound Challenge on Saturday, Nov. 16.   “Conditions are nice and warm, especially for a Canadian,” said Larry Cain at Blockade Runner Beach Resort. “It’s really fun for us to come down here and see this weather and be in shorts and bare feet again.”   Facing a choppy start in the surf, northeasterly winds, and paddling against an outgoing tide through Masonboro inlet, Cain, Olympic Gold Medalist and member of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, captured his third consecutive victory in Men’s Elite […]

Elite Women’s and Men’s Champs Return for NC Surf to Sound Challenge

Elite Women’s and Men’s Champs Return for NC Surf to Sound Challenge

Kate Lewis and Larry Cain Return for NC Surf to Sound Challenge Wrightsville Beach, N.C. – Elite North Carolina Surf to Sound Challenge Champions Kate Lewis (2011) of New Bern, and Larry Cain (2011-12) of Canada, return to Wrightsville Beach for fall-season competition this weekend. Joining the champs are contenders from South Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, the Virgin Islands, and paddleboarders spanning the state of North Carolina. Jarrod Covington, named 2013 All Waterman by WBLA, will serve as race director for NC Surf to Sound Challenge and the East Coast Paddle Surf Championship, Nov. 15-17, at Blockade Runner Beach Resort.   “We are excited about Surf to Sound Challenge and the Paddle Surf Championship because of the perfect paddling weather […]

Results: Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic

Results: Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic

Women’s East Coast Surfing Competition Returns to North Carolina   Morgan Knight of Virginia Beach finishes first place in Pro Longboard; Darsha Pigford of Wrightsville Beach tops Pro Shortboard; Jackie Fisher of Kure Beach wins SUP    Wrightsville Beach, NC August 19, 2013 – Wahines (wa-hee-nees), a Polynesian word meaning surfer girls, assembled Saturday and Sunday to compete in the Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic. Girls and ladies faced stiff competition in shortboard and longboard divisions during the two-day event, August 17 and 18.   Jo Pickett, Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) longboard champion in 2012 and shortboard champion in 2006, co-chaired the Wahine Classic with Jack Viorel of Indo Jax Surf Charities. Blockade Runner Beach Resort served as host hotel.   Taking advantage […]

Wahine Classic Attracts Local and East Coast Surfer Girls

Wahine Classic Attracts Local and East Coast Surfer Girls

Wrightsville Beach, NC August 4, 2013 – Julia and Madeline Eckel are quintessential Wrightsville Beach wahines, (wa-hee-nees), a Polynesian word meaning surfer girls. The Eckel sisters have only to cross South Lumina Avenue to surf Wrightsville’s waves but as members of the Eastern Surfing Association (ESA), Julia 13 and Madeline 11, have surfed competitively up and down the East Coast from Maryland to Florida, racking up points that qualified them to surf the ESA regionals in Ocean City, Maryland. Last week, Julia was surfing in El Salvador with her dad, Brian Eckel.   As a family of six, everyone, including their brother Web, 8, and sister Lucy, 6, is passionate about surfing says mom, Carroll Eckel. Five years ago, her […]

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