Surfrider Foundation celebrates June 20, International Surfing Day, at public access #38 on Wrightstville Beach. The Cape Fear Chapter gives away goodies and WB Surf Camp gives free surfing lessons. The group holds other events throughout the year, but this one is like Christmas. It has a strong environmental focus and coordinates projects related to water quality, critical habitat, storm drain runoff and beach clean-ups.
Cape Fear Paddlers is a group that was initially dedicated to canoes and kayaks when it was formed in 2001, and has a slate of paddling events—day trips, overnight camping trips, races—a membership roster, a newsletter, and meetings that include programs and paddles.
N.C. Estuarine Reserve is an organization you should know about if you're interested in paddleboarding the many miles of protected waters that lie between our barrier islands and the mainland. Masonboro Island is eight miles long, hugging New Hanover County's coastline south of Wrightsville Beach, and is uninhabited—at least, that is, by people. A whopping 87 percent of its land mass is covered with marsh and tidal flats, and a paddleboard would be ideal for exploring them.
However, NC Coastal Reserve has a slate of rules governing what you can and can't do in and around this island, and those might be good to know before you inadvertently do something hideous.
Masonboro is designated as a national reserve site, and the organization also handles state reserve sites, which in this area are Bald Head Woods and Bird Island. These two are N.C. Coastal Reserve (NCCR) sites, whereas Masonboro and Zeke's Island are N.C. National Estuarine Research Reserve (NCNERR) sites. Zeke's Island is right off the tip of Fort Fisher on Pleasure Island, and "The Basin" offers ideal paddleboarding conditions.
Terms: Paddleboarding: Related Organizations
Paddleboarding: Boards, Related Organizations