Watersports Reign Supreme 

As a naturally gifted watersports hub, Wrightsville Beach motivates travelers to take full advantage of our active island lifestyle. Our many waterways, from surf to sound, inspire a sense of movement and adventure everywhere you look. Whether you're a first-time surfer looking for a chance to get out on the water or a seasoned racer competing in the IRONMAN North Carolina—ranked by triathloners as the fifth best swim in the world—you'll find your flow at Wrightsville Beach.


Named one of the top surfing towns in the world and the birthplace of surfing in North Carolina, the waves of Wrightsville Beach attract both amateurs and experts. The island's year-round surf waters and surf town vibe are just two of the many reasons to learn to surf here. Surf instructors with surf camps and schools like Crystal South Surf CampIndo Jax Surf SchoolSean's Private Surf Instruction or WB Surf Camp offer private lessons and group classes that are fun for children and adults alike. You can even try wakesurfing in the waters surrounding the island. So, suit up, rent a board and hit the waves at Wrightsville Beach.

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Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)

Come paddle our crystal blue waters while enjoying one of the hottest activities our island offers. Wrightsville Beach is one of the best "SUP Hubs" in the US, according to Outside magazine, thanks to the variety of waterways in and around our island. Several signature races, including one of the largest SUP races in the world—the Carolina Cup held in April—help make this a paddleboard haven. Whether a first-timer or a seasoned pro, standup paddleboarding is a fun way to enjoy the water and get a good full-body workout at the same time. Rent all the gear you'll need from Cape Fear Paddleboarding or Wrightsville SUP. For a different kind of experience, schedule a boat charter with Epic Excursions and add paddleboards to your trip to explore uninhabited islands and unpopulated area waterways.


Come sail away on our island blues. Hop aboard a lesson or let experienced captains take you for a sail on the calm waters in and around Wrightsville Beach. Driven by steady breezes, our beautiful waterways and year-round sailing conditions make our barrier island the perfect spot for novice and experienced sailors alike. Lessons are offered by the Blockade Runner Sailing School and Wrightsville Performance Sailing.


Paddle among the salt marsh along the Intracoastal Waterway, through the interior of the island along Bank's Channel or out into the Atlantic Ocean surf. For a remote-island adventure, kayak over to Masonboro Island Reserve and discover an uninhabited, undisturbed barrier island full of local and migratory wildlife and unspoiled beauty. Kayak rentals are available at Blockade Runner Surf to Sound Adventures or Wrightsville Kayak Company or you and your family can sign up for a group or guided kayak adventure. For groups of four to six people, rent an outrigger canoe from Wrightsville SUP for a fun and invigorating day on the water.

Scuba Diving

Just off our island shore, hidden beneath the waves, are hundreds of sunken sites to explore. There is a wide variety of offshore reefs, ledges, shipwrecks and underwater habitats within a few miles of Wrightsville Beach. The Alexander Ramsey, a liberty ship purposefully sunk as an artificial reef, is popular with beginners. More advanced divers will find a day's worth of exploration at the Hyde and the Markham, two shipwrecks just a few hundred yards away from each other. Natural underwater oases, such as Lobster Ledge and Fossil Ledge, are popular for their abundant aquatic life, pre-historic Megalodon fossils and beautiful reef structures to discover. Charter a boat or find a full-service experience with one of these diving companies in the area.