More than a century ago, Wrightsville Beach became the first successful community to bring surfing, a popular West Coast sport, to the East Coast.
Our State celebrates its 85th birthday this year, but for its employees, it feels like Year One.
by Alan Hodge
With more than 5,000 shipwrecks lying off our shores, it’s no wonder that the North Carolina coast is known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic.
We Live Here
In this quaint, laid-back town in Onslow County, every turn leads you back to the water.
by Bryan Mims
At Wehrloom Honey, Aron and Jessica Wehr turned a sweet gift into a passion they share with the community.
In Carteret County, a market between the sidewalk and the sound pays tribute to coastal history.
Whether you’re a wave chaser in search of a surfboard or a coffee lover looking for a pick-me-up, Annex Surf Supply has you covered.
by Drew Perry
At Millbridge Speedway in Salisbury — where go-karts roar around a red-clay track — a family on the hunt for excitement hits pay dirt.
by Lynn Wells
Our State: The Photo Essays
When an avid outdoorsman marries a devotee of Crystal Coast no-wake zones, compromise is a necessity.
At a rural crossroads in Halifax County, black farmers chart a new destiny for their families through the Tillery resettlement program.
Chances are, one of our southern barrier islands — Bald Head, Oak, Holden, Ocean Isle, or Sunset — has been your beach for years. Look beyond the sand and surf, and you’ll find charming villages, acres of nature, and signature fried seafood, generations in the making.
The Surf Issue
It might boast: Outer Banks breakers are the envy of the East Coast. Or it could share a tale: The world’s best surfer first got his feet wet in the shadow of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Ask nicely, and it might divulge a secret or two: About legends and landmarks — even where to find a clam cookout or a fine fish supper. After all, our waves have plenty of those, too.
The Towns: Where Sea Meets Soul
by Andrea Weigl
Craig Love has turned surf culture into his own culinary style. Now, he’s got a kitchen full of surfers — from managers to cooks — who share his deep appreciation of the sea and all that it provides.
by Linda Dunn
In the 1980s, three Atlantic Beach surf shops — Bert’s, AB, and Marsh’s — gave teenagers a social network as connected as Facebook and as immediate as Twitter. Before long, surfer fads turned into fashion, gossip became news, and young people found their community.
Legendary East Coast surfer Jo Pickett travels the world, chasing waves. But she makes her home in Wilmington, where Carolina’s blue swells remind her of family and the importance of living fearlessly.
Cool evenings and plenty of sunshine inspire us to head outside, where outdoor dramas, open-air concerts, and berry festivals beckon.