WB Teen Overnight Surf Camp
2024 Schedule Coming Soon!
This ultimate overnight surf camp for teens takes place on the pristine beaches of Topsail Island, North Carolina. Come to the camp where it all began over 20 years ago and join the thousands of teens who 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 surf coaches are experienced, knowledgeable, and 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. Join teens from all 50 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.
- Freshly cooked meals catered to any dietary needs.
- Learn about wave dynamics, swell prediction, board design, and surf culture.
- Surf films, ping pong, foosball, volleyball, basketball, gaga ball and more.
- Hawaiian luau and dance party.
- Free high-quality digital photos taken by our professional staff photographer.
- Enrollment limited for low camper-to-instructor ratios (18 campers).
Cost includes lodging, 24-hour access to camp staff, all meals, round trip airport shuttle (ILM), equipment, professional surfing instruction (3:1 student to instructor ratio), t-shirt, Sea Turtle Hospital donation, Surfing Etiquette Guide, an 8″ x 10″ group photo. Multiple sessions can be combined for an extended stay with weekend activities.
2023 Teen Overnight Camps
Participants stay in the heart of Topsail Island. This 26-mile long barrier island has a rich history filled with pirates, fishermen, and surfing. Surfers have ridden the waves here on Topsail Island since 1965!
Campers are housed in our air conditioned, ocean view “Surf Shack.” This epic location is only steps from where we surf. Campers will see the sun rise over the ocean while checking conditions from their balconies.
Rooms are gender-specific, feature air-conditioning, comfortable common areas, gender-specific bathrooms and each participant will have his or her own bed. WB Surf Camp staff members are housed in each bunk room and are within ear shot and eye shot of campers for 24 hours a day.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the activities?
Campers will participate in 2-3 surf sessions per day, dependent on surf conditions. Our staff will make sure your camper gets as much water time as possible! Additional non-surfing activities based on weather, wind and wave conditions may include:
- In-depth, hands-on lessons on wave dynamics, board design, swell dynamics, and coastal conservation
- Volleyball, ping-pong, gaga ball, and other beach games
- Tour of the 10,000 square foot Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital
- Surf movies, camp-wide games, and tie-dye
- Surfboard shop tour
- Hawaiian Luau Volleyball, ping-pong, gaga ball, and other beach games
- Beach games and lounge time
For other general camp FAQs, please click here.
What airport is best to fly into for your program, and do you provide a shuttle service?
The best airport to fly into is the Wilmington International Airport (ILM), which is located a short drive from our camp facility on Topsail. Our educators meet all participants at baggage claim. The shuttle cost to and from this airport is included in the program tuition as long as the flights are within our flight window of 12 – 3 pm. Flights outside this window are subject to additional fee.
What does my camper need to bring?
A complete packing list will be included with your camp forms once you’ve completed the enrollment process.
Can you cater to special diets?
Yes, we can accommodate many dietary restrictions and preferences. If your camper requires a special diet, we are happy to ensure your camper’s dietary needs are met. You will be asked about food allergies and special diets in your camper forms. If you have additional questions or concerns, our Program Coordinators would love to help you!
Can I call home during camp?
Here at WB Surf Camp, we strive to create confident and independent surfers, both in and out of the water. We have all campers check in with their parents upon arrival, but we have limited parental contact for the duration of the camp. WB Surf Camp is a growing experience, and we find that young people do best and gain confidence through independence. Campers are NOT allowed to carry cell phones at any time during camp. Any cell phones brought to camp will be collected upon arrival and returned upon departure. Phones will be charged the night before for campers who are flying. Parents will be updated through emails and the many pictures we’ll be posting on Facebook throughout the trip! We will provide an after-hours number to reach the on-site Director in the event of an emergency.
What are the ages of your overnight campers?
Ages for the WB Teen Overnight program range from 11 to 17. These are then sub-grouped by age, so campers are bunking together with other campers their age.
I have surf experience will I get to learn more advanced maneuvers?
Our staff is composed of amazing free surfers and competitive surfers, all of whom are great technical instructors. This amazing team will be able to coach you to a higher level of wave reading, performance, and creativity in your surfing. We have a very competitive hiring process and select surfers with experience in surfing and water sport instruction.
Where will I be surfing?
North Topsail Island offers a consistent, fun wave throughout the summer months. This beach break is perfect for beginners learning the ropes, or more advanced surfers to hone their individual style. We have private beach access right in front of our accommodation that offers amazing uncrowded surf sessions. With water temperatures ranging from 78-84 degrees, no wetsuits 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 these surf and lifestyle photos to our Facebook page under an album titled with your session. Our photographer and staff will upload 100-150 photos a day!
What is your cancellation policy?
WB Surf Camp is an extremely high quality, tight margined program with limited space. Therefore, once your student has been accepted into the program, exceptions to this policy cannot be made for any reason, including weather or personal emergencies. We strongly recommend families purchase trip insurance to protect their investment. Additional information for trip insurance coverage and providers can be found here. Please review the terms of our cancellation policy. In order to enroll in Carolina Ocean Odyssey, you must agree to these terms. Our full cancellation policy can be found here.
Do you have insurance?
We carry a comprehensive insurance package, including general liability.
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.”
“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.”