Surfing

Surfing along the South Carolina beaches and North Carolina beaches

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 […]

Camp Albemarle’s “Free 4 All” to Celebrate 60 Years of Ministry

Camp Albemarle’s “Free 4 All” to Celebrate 60 Years of Ministry

NEWPORT, NC July 22, 2013 – Camp Albemarle celebrating 60 years of ministry by hosting a “Free 4 All” day full of fun for the community on Saturday, August 10, 2013. The free camp day and birthday party will be held at Camp Albemarle in Newport, NC from 1pm to 7pm on August 10th. Activities include paddleboard demonstrations, Alpine Tower Climbing, tree climbing, swimming, arts and crafts and bands for entertainment. There will also be a bar-b-que cook-off and cake to enjoy. The community is invited to come and taste-test the bar-b-que and vote for their favorite in the 1st annual Bacon Ministry. There will also be other snacks and food for guests to enjoy. Leftover food will be donated […]

New River Foundation Kayak & Canoe Demos at Earth & Surf this Saturday

New River Foundation Kayak & Canoe Demos at Earth & Surf this Saturday

For the Seventh Annual Celebration of the Earth and Surf Festival New River Foundation is offering  Kayak and Canoe Demos. Jacksonville, NC July 5, 2013 – Spend this Saturday (07/06) learning about your waterways.  Join us at N. Topsail Beach (Beach Access #2) 2950 Island Drive.  Lots of exciting events.  Check out  www.earthandsurffest.com  for all the details! New River Foundation is excited to again host the kayak and canoe demos!  If you have always wanted to get in a kayak or canoe and give it a try–JUST DO IT !  Come and join your Foundation Friends this Saturday–July 6th! Choose your chariot from our canoe and kayak fleet and get ready to enjoy the natural splendors of our Onslow County Waterways! Demos […]

“Surf’s Up” at Wilmington, NC & Island Beaches

“Surf’s Up” at Wilmington, NC & Island Beaches

Wilmington, NC July 4, 2013 – The “surf’s up” this summer at Wilmington, North Carolina and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach, which is still basking in the glow of its 2012 National Geographic designation as one of the “World’s Best Surf Towns.” This follows in the wake of previous surf accolades. In 2008, Surfer magazine named UNC-Wilmington as one of the East Coast’s top surf schools. Experienced and beginner surfers enjoy riding the sweet waves at the USLA lifeguard-protected (Memorial Day-Labor Day) island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach. The area is also ideal for stand-up paddling (SUP) in the ocean, harbor and Intracoastal Waterway.   Outside magazine (May 2006) acknowledged […]

Winners of 2013 Carolina Cup in Wrightsville Beach, April 27

Winners of 2013 Carolina Cup in Wrightsville Beach, April 27

Men: FIRST PLACE – Danny Ching, CALIFORNIA (Danny is two-time Men’s World Champion) SECOND PLACE – Eric Terrien, FRANCE (Eric is Men’s EUROPEAN Champion) THIRD PLACE – Jamie Mitchell, AUSTRALIA (Jamie is ten-time Molokai World Champion) Women: FIRST PLACE – Annabel Anderson, UNITED KINGDOM (Annabel is Women’s World Champion) SECOND PLACE – Jennifer Kalmbach, HAWAII (Jennifer was voted Women’s Stand Up Paddler of the Year by SUP Magazine readers in 2011) THIRD PLACE – Brandi Baksic, CALIFORNIA (Brandi is a firefighter and one of the world’s fastest women in stand up paddle boarding)   More: Record breaking number of participants for seminars and races at the 2013 Carolina Cup: 900. Record breaking number of racers: 449. (The Carolina Cup is […]