Crystal South Surf Camp – Wrightsville Beach


As the oldest surf camp in Wrightsville Beach, Crystal South Surf Camp has been helping people from all over the world take their surfing abilities to the next level since 1996. Whether you have never surfed before and have always dreamed of learning or if you want to improve your already existing skills, we offer all of the coaching and instruction you will need in order to reach your fullest potential while staying safe and having the most fun possible!

Through our programs, we will teach you how to surf and how to enjoy every aspect of the ocean. From surf etiquette and ocean safety to coastal ecology and marine life, you will leave us with a vast understanding of the ocean and how to enjoy every minute of your time spent in the ocean. Please join the fun this summer and let us share our love of the ocean with you!

The History of Crystal South Surf Camp

Crystal South Surf Camp was established at the south end of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, in 1996.Founded by East Coast female surfing legend Jo Pickett, the camp began as a way for residents to provide their children and loved ones with the skills and knowledge that Jo’s children were quickly acquiring through her coaching. Since then, new and returning students have sought out Jo and her family to help advance their abilities and their stoke in and out of the ocean. Many students who learn their skills here become instructors for Crystal South Surf Camp and other surf schools. Crystal South Surf Camp builds a world view into the experience of surfing at Wrightsville Beach, while learning to surf in a safe and structured environment with certified instructors.

What Makes Our Surf Camp Different?

Surf Camp and Surf Lessons in Wrightsville Beach, NCWith the abundance of surf camps popping up in most beach communities, it is becoming more and more difficult to choose the perfect ocean experience for yourself or a loved one. As the oldest and longest established surf in Southern North Carolina, we have led the charge in manufacturing stoke for our clients. Through our many years of instruction, we not only meet our clients’ expectations, we exceed them both in and out of the water

At Crystal South Surf Camp, we pride ourselves on being the only surf camp in Wrightsville Beach with coaches and instructors who are national and regional surfing champions. Camp founder / owner Jo Pickett continues to compete in the Eastern Surfing Association (since 1977) and directs the Wahine Classic Wrightsville Beach. Airlie Pickett competes on the UNC Wilmington Surf Team, affiliated with the National Scholastic Surfing Association.

We are  also fortunate to have staff instructors who are teachers within our public school system. Our alumni often join us during the summer to instruct, coach, and mentor our students.

Our surf students often join us for more than one week per summer, and return summer after summer to build their surf skills. Crystal South Surf Camp provides the appropriate surfboards during this transition from beginner to intermediate level. Then we go shopping, and choose the best surfboard for you! This is a custom service offered only by Crystal South Surf Camp, and we place a high degree of importance on this service, as we facilitate your continued surfing improvement and enjoyment.

The Future of Crystal South Surf Camp

New this summer 2015, we will be offering overnight surf camps to small groups of girls ages 12 to 14. Activities include surfing, surf skills training (balance, strength, agility, slack line), skateboarding, ukulele and guitar sessions, and Spanish lessons!

Also new in summer 2015 will be an Outer Banks girls’ surf trip, ages 12 to 15. More information will be forthcoming on this trip! We have exciting field trips planned for this trip, in addition to several surf locations.