Hometowns leave lasting impacts. I grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina and stuck around for undergrad at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. It’s one of the rare, non-commercialized beach towns left, all just ten minutes away from a reputable university on the East Coast. Over 22 different surf shops call the greater area home. Some describe the Southeastern surf hub as a mini California, due to its growing surf population and incredible talent pool. Surf City, Wrightsville, Folly, and Carolina Beaches are authentic surfing towns that encapsulate the region.
Many of these places feature waves that allow for only one-and-done maneuvers. In other words, you may only have one chance to throw a turn your entire session, teaching local surfers to read waves impeccably. We binge on glassy conditions, chase swells, and surf what outsiders would otherwise scoff at. Deeper documents Southeastern surf stories that all about community.
It shares stories of women in surfing and traditional longboarding. Once you understand and care, you can’t help but take action for the communities and what sustains them. I handpicked groms, searched the ESA districts, contests, and surf shops for voices that encompass these communities. We scheduled surf sessions, prayed for waves, showed up at first light for free parking, the best lighting, and shot until the batteries were gone.