Thursday, April 16, 2015

Waterman Ocean Festival Set for April 16th-19th

A variety of activities are planned for the second annual Waterman Ocean Festival. The fun gets underway at the Wrightsville Beach History Museum on Thursday, April 16th and continues through Sunday, April 19th. The festival was created to acknowledge those individuals who have worked tirelessly to promote water sports along the beaches, channels and waterways of Wrightsville Beach. The festival is also aimed at conservation and spotlighting the recreational options along the area's coastal waters.

The first annual SUP Surfing Pro-Am will be the main event. Registration is set for Friday afternoon at the Oceanic Pier and the competition will be held either Saturday or Sunday, depending on the surf. To add to the excitement, the individual who has the highest combined finishes in the Wrightsville Beach Pro-Am and the Carolina Cup will be presented with the 2015 "All-Waterman" trophy. For those interested in honing their skills, there will be an SUP workshop on Sunday on the north side of the Oceanic Pier.

For more information, you may call the museum at: 910-256-2569-visit their website: or e-mail questions to:

Here is a look at the complete schedule of events:

Thursday, April 16 - 4-5 PM - First Wave Project

  • SUP clinic for youngsters with Jo Pickett of Crystal South Surf Camp and Jarrod Covington of WB SUP - YWCA Afterschool Program in museum yard
  • Afternoon Surfing History for Kids with Skip Funderburg at Wrightsville Beach Museum

Friday, April 17

Registration for WB SUP Surf Pro-Am Competition on the Oceanic Pier

Saturday, April 18 - WB SUP Surf Pro-Am Competition and Wounded Warrior SUP Clinic

  • 7 AM on the beach registration for WB SUP Surf Pro-Am
  • Surfers Meeting 
  • Heats begin
  • Lunch Break 
  • Local Wounded Warriors Event - Jack Viorel, INDO Jax  - North side of Oceanic Pier 
  • SUP Surf continues (surfing conditions may require this contest to be completed in one day). If surf is good for both days, then it will be a two-day event as scheduled.
  • After party on the deck at the Oceanic

Sunday, April 19

  • 8 AM start for semi's and finals for SUP surfing competitions
  • 3PM Colin McPhillips SUP Surf Clinic 
  • Awards Ceremony for WB SUP Surf 2015 and Newkirk Waterman Cup Awards ceremonies for the WB SUP Surf Pro-Am

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