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.
Surfing in North Carolina
Professor Longboard: Tony Silvagni
If you want to learn to ride the waves, one of the world’s best surfers is more than happy to teach you.
Gidget Grown Up: Jo Pickett
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.
A Feast of Love
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.
The History of North Carolina Surfing
What began as a would-be surfer’s dream more than a century ago has become a reality for wave riders up and down the North Carolina coast. It’s a history written on the water by generations of surfers with a shared passion.
Back in the Day: First in Surf
More than a century ago, Wrightsville Beach became the first successful community to bring surfing, a popular West Coast sport, to the East Coast.