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.
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.
When waves are breaking, surfers in Rodanthe cancel other plans — or show up late with wet hair and irrepressible grins.
Wilmington’s surfing scene sparks creativity and, in turn, creates friendships. Just ask Chip Hemingway and Will Allison.
Here, on the fine edge of the Outer Banks, the Atlantic offers a working man’s wave, reliable and steady. And when these early risers catch a ride, they feel on top of the world.
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.
In this quaint, laid-back town in Onslow County, every turn leads you back to the water.
One woman brings a world of inspiration to Mount Olive’s annual pickle festival.
In a town once defined by trains and tobacco, the community honors both through colorful public spaces downtown.