Standup Camps “We Make New Riders Everyday”

Standup Paddleboard instruction from REAL Coaches is the fastest way to learn the sport or progress your skills. There is a proper way to learn to SUP: with experienced coaches setting up sessions and guiding you through a well thought out, organized curriculum.

Do not remain a beginner forever- you will miss learning valuable skills if teaching yourself or trying to learn from a friend. REAL SUP Coaches will break down the individual skills required to SUP, detailing the proper techniques that make Standup Paddleboarding easier and more enjoyable. The REAL method makes SUP fun from day one!

Ready to book? Need more information? Send us a message or call toll-free at 866-REAL-548 or 252-987-6000.


Zero to Hero Beginner Standup Camp

Takes you from an absolute beginner to a self-sufficient paddler! Our camp allows you to become fully immersed in standup paddleboarding for three days with the best coaches in the world, at the best location on the planet! We’ve proven that back-to-back instructional days are the fastest way to learn to standup paddleboard. The REAL Zero to Hero Standup Camp provides complete beginners with the skills, knowledge and gear they need to become self-sufficient stand up paddlers.

Cost: $495
Time: 3 Days, 10am-1pm each day.
When: March through November. Tuesday-Thursday every week.

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Required Ability

No previous skills necessary. Must be able to swim.

Goals of the Camp

The ultimate goal of our Zero to Hero Standup Camp is for you to become a standup paddleboarder with a solid foundation of knowledge and skills. In order to get you there, we’ve developed a well thought out plan for each camp that will make you a safe, self-sufficient paddler. Self-sufficiency means that upon completion of the camp, graduates will always be able to take their new skills home and practice on their own. Students can then confidently acquire valuable time on the water once their camp is complete.

You guys have made a really professional system of learning here that sets you apart from many other schools I’ve tried. Outlining not just the "how" to do a skill but the "why" was really useful for me. Although I’m not exactly “ripping it up”, I now know that I can go home and practice on my own safely. Can’t wait to get back for the next camp!

Thomas Chenowithe, Toronto, ON, Canada

Student to Coach Ratio

The student to coach ratio for all REAL Standup Paddleboarding Camps is 4 students to 1 coach. This allows for maximum guidance on the water by a qualified and knowledgeable coach.

What to Expect

The Zero to Hero Standup Paddleboarding Camp runs from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday every week from March through November at our Cape Hatteras location. Students are expected to check in at the REAL Lesson Center at 9:30 am sharp every morning.

Your camp runs three hours a day for three days and is taught by some of the best coaches in the world. Full immersion with these coaches means that you’ll leave with skills, knowledge, gear and a plan that will allow you to quickly progress to the next level.

Included in the price of the camp is access to REAL’s exclusive North American Surftech Tuflite Travel Center. We have over 150 new Surftech surfboards and standup paddleboards available for you to use free of charge during your camp. You will always have the best equipment for each day’s conditions and this will help you to learn even more quickly.

*After Hours Rental Standup Paddleboards : REAL Zero to Hero SUP Camp runs every day from 10am - 1pm. Standup Paddleboards are free to use during the camp and are available to use for a small rental fee after the camp.

Wetsuits are needed for the fringe months of the season, so if you have one, bring it with you. Rash guards are recommended for UV protection. REAL stocks a full selection of wetsuits and wetsuit accessories from O’Neill, Patagonia, Rip Curl, Billabong, Quiksilver and Xcel.

Everyone was extremely knowledgeable about the instruction and the equipment and was more than willing to take the time to answer a lot of questions. I will definitely be back next year and will be bringing some friends with me.

Jeff Bittenbinder Orlando, FL

Ready to book? Need more information? Send us a message or call toll-free at 866-REAL-548 or 252-987-6000.


Enjoy your sessions and be surprised at how easily you can learn Standup Paddleboarding when following the REAL curriculum and working with a professional REAL SUP Coach. Our REAL Standup Paddleboarding Camp program is three days of total immersion into the sport.


REAL Lesson Center

The REAL Lesson Center is right onsite for kiteboarding, surfing and standup paddleboarding lessons and camps with 26 full time coaches, 12 PWCs and a private 4 acre Bermuda grass launch right on the Pamlico Sound. The new REAL Lesson Center features 2,500 sq ft of dedicated school space plus direct access onto the 4,000 sq ft deck, 3 private, separated classrooms, overhead video projectors, plus 5 outdoor showers, bathroom facilities, lockers and more making this the best instructional facility in the world.


Learn to Standup Paddleboard

The REAL Zero 2 Hero Standup Paddleboarding Camp makes learning to standup paddle easy and each topic fun to learn. Most self-taught standup paddlers learn bad habits early and never progress to their true potential. These same people also forgo the “quick tips” that make standup paddleboarding incredibly easy to learn. This experience can be the same when trying to learn from a friend. The REAL Zero To Hero Standup Paddleboarding Camp syllabus has been created from scratch to build each block of knowledge, ability and confidence from the ground up. You are having fun on day #1 and building on that knowledge and ability every day moving forward. The REAL Camp Program features three days of total immersion into the sport. There is no better way to learn to standup paddleboard!


Exclusive Terrain

All REAL Standup Paddleboarding Lessons and Camps are held in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. REAL holds an exclusive permit with the National Park Service that allows us access to premium locations along the undeveloped Cape Hatteras National Seashore to insure minimal crowds and quality conditions. This means over 70 miles of limitless flatwater and ocean paddling, as well as incredible downwinders, tours and beautiful scenery. Learn more about Cape Hatteras


35 Full-Time Coaches

Our coaches are the reason so many people speak highly of REAL. When you arrive for your standup paddleboarding camp, you will find the friendliest, most professional people you will ever work with in an instructional environment.


Custom Designed Programs

The REAL Lesson and Camp programs have been custom designed to maximize learning, fun and safety. Our top level professional staff, the use of the best gear, and our discerning selection of the best locations, have lead to a comprehensive instructional program that is unmatched by any other training facility in the world.


…Since the Beginning

REAL is known around the world as the leader in high-end watersports instruction. Our professional staff, custom programs, state of the art teaching facility, and instructional DVDs, make REAL the ultimate source for learning the best sports on the water.


Why Cape Hatteras?

Cape Hatteras is one of the most beautiful and unique watersports destinations in the world. The incredible natural habitats on and around the Cape earn it the status of federally protected National Seashore.

From glassy flat water to incredible surfing waves, Cape Hatteras delivers a wide range of conditions to choose from every day. The diversity in setups and conditions is created by the varying coastline and access to multiple bodies of water. Cape Hatteras is a barrier island that separates the Atlantic Ocean and the Pamlico Sound, allowing you access to numerous conditions from a central location. The long, open coastline is perfect for downwind runs, a favorite activity for many Standup Paddleboarders!


REAL is the exclusive Surftech Tuflite Travel Center for North America. With over 150 Surftech Surfboards and Standup Paddleboards at your fingertips, you always have the best equipment when you hit the water!

REAL Watersports

REAL is located in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, internationally recognized as the best place to kiteboard in the world.

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