Coastal Living magazine recently named Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina among the “ten best little surf towns in America.” In what could be considered a move to earn that title, Wrightsville Beach will be hosting three major surf events in August.
During the weekend spanning August 10-12, Wrightsville Beach will host the Wahine Classic, an event just for female surfers. The Wahine Classic will host women surfers of all levels, from professionals to amateurs and teens. The August event will mark the 21st year of the Wahine Classic. Wahine is special because it marks the first time many young women get a feel for competitive surfing.
The following weekend, on August 17-19, Wrightsville Beach hosts the 13th annual O’Neill/Sweetwater Pro-Am Surf Fest. This is a HUGE event—the second largest on the East Coast. The event will draw more than sixty professionals from all over the world, including a few from the Wrightsville Beach area. In addition, there will be about 200 amateurs competing, too. It’s a momentous event for surfers and spectators alike, as the action isn’t confined to the waves. There will also be an Art and Music Fest, where local artists and musicians will be showing off their craft and selling items, the proceeds of which will benefit two non-profit organizations, UNCW’s Surf Club and Hope From Helen. Even if you don’t surf, Surf Fest is a phenomenal event, where you can hang out and view some of the best surfers from the East Coast, not to mention international personalities.
On August 20th, Wrightsville will host an event for the non-profit organization Surfers Healing. The event is an opportunity for people who live with autism to experience the enriching sport of surfing. Surfers Healing is in its 21st year, and in that time, they’ve provided one-day surf camps to nearly 5,000 children from the United States, New Zealand and Australia. The one-day camp will provide an incredibly therapeutic experience for autistic children. The event is partnering with the local hotel Blockade Runner, which strives to make their resort autism-friendly.