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5 tips for the ideal summer surfing getaway

Posted May 6, 2016 4:29 p.m. EDT
Updated May 6, 2016 5:21 p.m. EDT

Known as a pioneer in East Coast surfing since 1909, National Geographic named Wrightsville Beach among the world's best surf spots and one of the "Last Best American Beach Towns."

The shores of Wrightsville Beach are perfectly suited for riding waves and a variety of water sports activities. Here are five quick facts and tips you should know before planning your ideal summer surfing getaway.

1. Wrightsville Beach Takes The Trophy
Known as a pioneer in East Coast surfing since 1909, "National Geographic" named Wrightsville Beach among the and one of the But that's not all. "Surfer" and "Men's Journal" magazines have referred to Wrightsville Beach as in the United States. Experience for yourself some of the best surfing around in a social island community this summer.

2. Shop 'Til You Drop
Once you get to Wrightsville Beach, several local favorites can hook you up with your own surfboard or with a rental board. Try , or . Sweetwater attracts surfers from around the world with its O'Neill/Sweetwater Pro-Am held on Wrightsville Beach, which has grown into one of the largest surfing contests on the East Coast and lasts for three days.

3. Dinner With A View
At Wrightsville, the surf never leaves you -- even when you break for dinner. Enjoy restaurants with ocean views and fresh seafood. For dinner right on the beach, try , which features live music on the adjacent Crystal Pier on select Fridays. If you prefer views of Wrightsville Beach’s Intracoastal Waterway, dine at , which also boasts live music and panoramic views including the nearby marina and sailboats. Or if you’d rather overlook Banks Channel, enjoy a meal at , famous for its seafood nachos.

4. Surf's SUP!
Wrightsville Beach hosts events that attract some of the best standup paddlers in the world throughout the year. The island is home to , a two-day standup paddleboard event in April. This year's event featured the largest standup paddle surf prize purse on the entire East Coast, with the potential for a combined purse of $9,000 -- that's enough to inspire anyone to give SUP surfing a try! Spend this summer practicing your skills for next year, or get ready for the Surf to Sound race taking place in November.

5. Learn to Surf
Wrightsville Beach boasts several options for . Book a weekly day camp at , or select one of the teen overnight camps or Guppy Ocean Safety Adventure Camps for the littlest surfers (ages 6-10). For surfer girls, puts on the Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic, an all-female surf competition.

From sunrise to sunset, Wrightsville Beach has the surfing and many other water sports activities like sailing, kayaking and paddle boarding you seek.

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