CoastLine: Surf Spots Are Super-Secret, But NC Surfers Are Tight-Knit

Jun 5, 2019

The East Coast of the United States – specifically North Carolina – is known for its beautiful beaches, but it’s not really on the map for world-class, surf-able waves.  Nonetheless, the Cape Fear region is growing a surprisingly robust surf culture.  

The beaches of North Carolina have landed on all kinds of lists – including on Dr. Beach’s 2019 list of the best beaches in America.  Okracoke Lifeguarded Beach in the Outer Banks won second place in 2019 – just after a beach in Hawaii.  But it’s not just beachcombers, sun worshipers, and swimmers who enjoy area beaches.  Surfers are a major part of the beach community.   

On this edition of CoastLine, we explore the culture and community with three of the area’s long-time surfing enthusiasts – who also happen to be experts:   

Jo Pickett has raised her kids on the waves off North Carolina’s coast.  She’s a former U.S. Womens Surfing Champion, and for more than two decades she’s owned and operated the Crystal South Surf Camp

Mike Barden has been a part of Surf City Surf Shop in Wrightsville Beach for nearly 28 years.  In 2003, he decided to buy the business – which he owns today.    

Sheldon Goodwin has served as Manager of Sweetwater Surf Surf Shop, also in Wrightsville Beach, for the last six years.