August 3, 2011

Carolina, Kure, Wrightsville Beaches Make A Splash With Plenty Of Water Sports Options In 2011


Visitors to Carolina, Kure and Wrightsville beaches find ample opportunities to dive into water sport activities. Whether it is taming the area's world class surf, trying something new like stand-up paddle boarding or simply grabbing the boogie boards with the entire family, the three communities offer a variety of options for all ages and skill levels entering the last weeks of summer fun.

Area residents and visitors alike are expected to flock to this year's 15th Annual East Coast Wahine Surfing Tournament, held at Wrightsville Beach Saturday, Aug. 20 and Sunday, Aug. 21. The nationally-recognized tournament draws almost 200 women surfers and even more surfing fans each year to the renowned Columbia Street surf break. The area is also known for the annual Southeast SUP Championship, drawing stand-up paddle surfers from around the region since 2009 for the nationally-recognized competition.

Those considering a trip to one of the beaches might want to check out the rich local surfing culture. At Carolina and Wrightsville Beaches, families can take advantage of a number of surf school and camp options that make life easy for adults and children alike. Both private and group lessons are available for novice as well as advanced surfers. At Kure Beach, the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher hosts summer surf camps for children ages 10 and up.

Rentals also are available at a variety of locations at each beach, and visitors might take up stand-up paddle boarding or another sport that suits their preference. Visitors to Carolina, Kure and Wrightsville beaches can try something different by renting jet skis, canoes or kayaks, or by learning to scuba dive or surf with the area's top experts. Others may find their calling with great options for water skiing, parasailing, swimming, windsurfing, boogie-boarding, sailing or snorkeling.

For more information about Carolina Beach water sport activities, visit
http://www.carolinabeachgetaway.com/outdoor/activities_amusements.html. For more information about Kure Beach water sport activities, visit http://www.visitkure.com/activities/outdoor_recreation.html. For more information about Wrightsville Beach water sport activities, visit http://www.visitwrightsville.com/activities/beach/

Carolina Beach, part of North Carolina's coast, remains a uniquely "original" beach. With a classic boardwalk, fascinating festivals and colorful characters, the beach remains an enjoyable destination for the entire family all year. For more information, visit
http://www.carolinabeachgetaway.com or call (800) 641-7082.

Kure Beach, part of North Carolina's coast, offers a chance for visitors to unplug from the world in a wonderfully natural, small-town beach community unlike any other. Home to a wide assortment of activities and adventures for people of all ages, the pace at Kure Beach allows vacationers and beachgoers to reconnect with what really matters. For more information, go to
http://www.visitkure.com or call (800) 631-1460.

Wrightsville Beach, part of North Carolina's coast, is one of the state's most accessible and enjoyable beaches. First-time and returning visitors alike can find year-round activities for children and adults of all ages. For more information, go to
http://www.visitwrightsville.com or call the Wrightsville Beach Visitors Center at (800) 650-9106.

Credit for photos: From
Odysea Surf and Kiteboard School as they hosted UNCW Marine Quest. View more photos @ Odysea's facebook page.
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