Weather or not to get out

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This week has showcased how nasty weather or the constant threat of nasty weather can have a disastrous effect on people who live outdoors and the forecast doesn’t look much better.  While water temps slowly rise out of the winter freeze, we need all the sun that we can get.  Camping becomes a a game of ‘chicken’ with thunderstorms.  A run on a favorite trail becomes a stain removal video on your DIY Youtube channel.  For many, cabin fever will set in and we will go outdoors anyway.  There are, however, some essential tools to make this weather cooperate with our new dependency on wearable gadgets.

If you’re like me, I don’t suit up, go out, or pack up without my GPS, phone, wallet, or camera.  I’m also not a rich man and can’t afford to constantly replace these things but I refuse to let the weather ruin my weekends.  Luckily, we try to keep to shop stocked with tools for your adventure.  We have basic dry bags, DryCase back packs (my personal favorite), a huge assortment of discounted spring wetsuits, and plenty of warm threads.

Choose S&A Surf Camps

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Surf and Adventure Surf Camp in Virginia Beach

Teaching people how to surf has always been a huge part of who we are at Surf and Adventure.

Even before I was drafted to my first season here, I knew that Surf and Adventure lacked all of the elitism and snobbery that plagued the surf scene in Virginia Beach.  Sandbridge was a ‘safe’ place to come and learn to surf.  It’s what attracted me here and its why I still choose to surf here over the much more popular spots like 1st street and Croatan.  Everyone claims to love surfing but nobody seems to be having much fun there.  Our goal is to keep surfing inclusive of everyone whether you are a weekend warrior or the next east coast export to the WSL.

Safety is always a huge concern when playing in the ocean and it should be. All of our instructors go through intensive training and CPR certification.  More importantly, our instructors love teaching people to surf and many of them had their first experiences with our camps as kids, like our lead instructor Coeltryn Kirkland.

Our camps begin Monday mornings with introductions and some on beach instructions where we go over wave mechanics and some basic safety measures before hitting the water.  We will then move at the pace of the participants from pushing students into their first rides to teaching them to ride the line.  Of course, you should expect an appearance of the SUPSQUATCH at some point during the course.  SUPsquatch is our 6 person, inflatable surfboard.  Whether you’re a twenty year veteran or a newbie, this an experience for everyone.

In the spirit of creating a comfortable learning environment for all, we have created our Chica Camps.  These camps take place on Thursdays and Fridays and are for girls only.  These camps are similar to our other camps but condensed into two days and usually have smaller group sizes.

Sometimes your schedule doesn’t line up to make the camps.  We also offer group surf lessons on a rolling basis.  For more information, click here.

If group lessons aren’t your thing, we also offer private lessons where you get all of the attention. For more information, click here.

Our camps are located at Little Island Park, just north of the pier.  Little Island is an excellent place to hold camps with convenient parking, bath houses, and surfing specific stretches of beach.

We take great pride in our camps and their reputation for building a love of surfing and are always stoked when customers come through the shop and tell us how much they enjoyed surf camp when they were kids.