Carolina School of Surf
Surfing & Windsurfing • Gear Rentals • Stand Up Paddleboarding
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Paddle out and surf Ocean Isle Beach or Holden Beach with the Carolina School of Surf! We are a crew of veteran locals that have been teaching for 10+ years! Since 2009, we have offered high quality surf lessons, OIB exclusive Stand Up Paddle Boarding lessons, and a Surf Camp at Holden and Ocean Isle Beach that creates a solid foundation for beginners, intermediate, or advanced surfers to become better. Perfect activity for families, youth, adults, solo, and large groups! Our staff is trained professionally in First AID and CPR. Come experience the OIB beach in one of the most fun and unique ways possible! Through one of the best outdoor sports ever created!
Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina

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Travelers' Choice
2022

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Kristi S
2 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
We initially scheduled a private lesson for our 2 daughters, ages 12 and 13. Scheduling online does not allow you to schedule 2 private lessons for the same time slot, so I scheduled the lessons back to back for Tuesday. On the Sunday before the lesson, I called to see if we could add a lesson for our 24 year old son sometime in the week Carlston answered and not only was able to add the lesson, but moved us to a "mini" group lesson for all 3 kids at the same time and explained that scheduling online wouldn't allow it, but he was able to do it. He added an assistant instructor, so our group of 3 had 2 instructors. He even moved the lesson to Monday since the water would be choppy during the initial time slot I chose. Awesome customer service!

None of our kids had ever tried to surf and Carlston was an excellent instructor! Not long after entering the water, he and the assistant instructor had all 3 kids up on the board and catching a few waves. The kids were all smiles when the lesson was over and can't wait to go back for another lesson when we vacation again.

The lessons are 1 1/2 hours. The first few minutes were instruction on the beach and the rest was in the ocean. Our kids are athletic (thanks to their dad) and were able to handle being in the water for that long without a break, but I would caution anyone who's not used to strenuous physical activity to ask the instructor to take it easy. Since this was the first lesson, I'm not sure if that's normal to not take a break. Our kids were tired, but exhilarated! Personally, I know I couldn't have done it.

We will definitely be taking the kids again!
Written July 22, 2020
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Jennifer D
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Aug 2021 • Family
Most amazing camp! Carston, is an amazing owner/instructor and his team are the best! We couldn't have asked for a better summer filled with surfing for our young children. The first week was so amazing we signed up for additional weeks and later our niece joined. The fundamentals of surfing on brand new equipment in an amazing teaching location for beginners was awesome. Education on rip tides and water safety in addition to environmental stewardship was fun for the kids. We were so impressed our young children were independently able to carry, paddle out and popping up on wave after wave in no time. The instructors were so much fun, patient, professional and kept our kids safe in the ocean, exceptional staff! As parents we were able to relax and even surf ourselves :) Yesterday at the beach with family the pay off was our niece, daughter and son independently paddling into waves and riding them to the shore! The happiness and accomplishment for these young kids was priceless. What an amazing camp...one with heart and stoke! We can't thank you enough, Carolina School of Surf for our endless surf summer. Counting down the days until next summer camp!
Written August 14, 2021
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David B
5 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
Without a doubt I would recommend the surf camp to any any one with young children or grand-children. Our grandson participated in the week long camp and had the time of his life, he is now a surfer for life! The entire staff was amazing; our grandson's instructor, Patrick, was new but he did an wonderful job and our grandson quickly bonded with him and the entire staff. The camp was fun, informative and educational. The ratio of students to instructors was great, allowing for lots of one on one time. Safety was emphasized at all times and the staff spent time to focus on the environment and the importance of maintaining the oceans/beaches. They provided lots of positive feedback and were always willing to talk to the grandparents. It could not have been a better experience! Our grandson is already planning for next years camp!
Written July 16, 2021
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Bradley P
2 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
I can’t say enough about how great this experience was for me and our girls. Carston made everything from start to finish easy and provided a sick surfing lesson for two super excited teens. Definitely recommend this to anyone coming to OIB for the summer!
Written June 15, 2022
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kbickett
1 contribution
Jun 2021 • Family
I signed my 6 year old Granddaughter for a week and she ended up doing 2. She loved it and the staff is REMARKABLE. My Granddaughter has already asked if she can do 2 weeks next summer. The staff is so supportive of the kids and work with them on a very positive level.
Written July 1, 2021
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Nauset4
Winston Salem, NC1 contribution
Jul 2020 • Family
Took our 13 year olds for their first surf lesson and they were up and riding waves within 15 minutes. Tupac was a great instructor and Carson runs an awesome surf school. The kids are hooked.
Written July 30, 2020
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Road224881
1 contribution
Aug 2022 • Family
Amazing group of people teaching not only surfing but water safety, environmental stewardship, and confidence. She takes life skills learned there and applies it to her life at school and home.
There is no better feeling than seeing your child riding waves with a huge smile on their face. My daughter has participated in the surf camp for two years and had some private lessons. She will attend annually until she ages out. A huge thank you to everyone!!!
Written August 24, 2022
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Heather M
Fort Bragg, NC88 contributions
Jul 2021
I initially reserved a private surfing lesson for my husband for his birthday, and he loved it. Please don't feel that these lessons are only for those 18 and younger! His lesson was at the same time as the regular lessons, he just had the one-on-one instruction. He's 38 years old, active duty military, and it was the highlight of his vacation. I also reserved paddle boarding lessons for both of us for later that day (much more my speed than surfing) and we liked it so much we bought our own paddle boards once we got back home.
I cannot recommend Carolina School of Surf enough, for all ages. Try them out and you won't be disappointed!!!
Written July 16, 2021
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Pattijot
2 contributions
Jun 2020 • Family
This was an excellent camp. My son had never surfed before and on the first day, he was up on his board. By the end of camp, he was surfing! It was amazing. The instructors are fun and helpful. Often there was a 2:1 ratio of kids to instructor, so each kid got a lot of individual instruction. He can’t wait to come back!
Written July 1, 2020
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edrig08475
Calabash, NC1 contribution
Aug 2021
This was for my 11 year old. We have been in the area for a year and he has wanted surfing lessons. He is also immune compromised so his activities at times have had to be limited. He loved it!! My wife loved it! The two girls who instructed him were great! He was riding waves by the end and wants more lessons. The instructors were caring and knowledgeable. Definitely recommend!!
Written August 22, 2021
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