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Surf Camps!

September 20, 2023 @ 8:00 am - September 21, 2023 @ 5:00 pm EDT


Surf Camps!

Weds – Thurs, (Sept. 20-21)

Instructors: Dale Williams, Tom Noffsinger, Jeff Atkins, Ashley Brown

Location: Cape Charles, VA

Cost: $295 (+ housing)

These two-day, pre-symposium surf camps are geared to paddlers who want some intensive instruction to improve their surfing skills. There will be two tracks: advanced and intermediate. The venues will include Metompkin Inlet and/or Smith Inlet. There is an additional fee of $295 for this training and registration is separate from the symposium registration. Group housing will be available. If you are interested, please contact Rick Wiebush (rwiebush@gmail.com; 410.788.1241).

Advanced Surfing Track

This course will be run by Dale Williams (ACA L5 ITE) and Tom Noffsinger (ACA L5). It is for people who have a lot of surf experience, a reliable roll in conditions, strong self-rescue skills, a strong forward stroke and plenty of stamina. You need a helmet. In addition to refining several aspects of surfing technique, both days will include an extensive (e.g., 1.5 hour) debrief session to reflect on what you’ve accomplished, where you want to go next, and any “incidents” that may have occurred. These debriefs will take place at one of the group houses after people have had a chance to shower and change. This course is limited to eight participants.

Intermediate Surfing Track

This course will be led by Jeff Atkins (ACA L4 IT). It is geared toward people who have paddled in surf multiple times, have taken at least one formal surf class, but have surfed primarily in a shore break. You should feel comfortable in 2 – 3 ft surf. A roll is a definite plus but not required. However, you should be adept at one or more self – rescues and totally competent with assisted rescues. The skills will include understanding the surf zone, identifying safe areas, the set-up and take-off, timing, power strokes, holding position on the wave, surf zone etiquette, and launching and landing, among others. There will be lots of drills to increase your confidence in a dynamic environment. You need a helmet. This course is limited to eight participants.


September 20, 2023 @ 8:00 am EDT
September 21, 2023 @ 5:00 pm EDT


Rick Wiebush


Cape Charles
VA United States + Google Map