Surfing Lessons “We Make New Riders Everyday”

The REAL Surfing Instructional Programs bring the world-acclaimed service and instructional levels of REAL to the sport of surfing.

These surfing instructional programs have been a huge hit for surfers of all abilities. From first time beginners to intermediate and advanced surfers looking to up their game, the REAL Surf coaches are ready to show you the easy road to learning or improving your surfing skills.

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


Beginner Surfing Lessons Surf's Up

Group Lessons - $100/pp - 2 Hours - 4 Surfers/Coach

It’s something you’ve always wanted to do: Hit the beach with your friends or family and LEARN TO SURF! Beginner lessons cover all necessary skills to paddle, catch waves, stand up and surf! Surfboards are provided during lessons. Group lessons are available every Thursday at 10am.

Semi-Private Coach - $75/hr/pp - 2 Surfers/Coach

REAL Semi-Private Lessons are a great way to match like ability surfers with a REAL Coach for maximum progression at any level. REAL Semi-Private Lessons are booked in 2-hour blocks 7 days a week.

Private Coach - $150/hr/pp - 1 Surfer/Coach

Experience One-On-One surf instruction with world-class REAL coaches. Private lessons are booked in 2-hour blocks 7 days a week. From beginner to advanced, REAL Private Coaching can take your surfing to the next level!

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

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Surf's Up

Few things come close to the joy and excitement of riding an ocean wave. With REAL’s “Surf’s Up!” Beginner Surf Lesson, complete beginners can learn the "sport of kings" quickly and easily in a relaxed and fun environment. REAL Coaches are true professionals and have many years of experience teaching clients to surf. We have developed a curriculum that speeds progression as you build skills towards catching and riding waves. Beginner friendly surfboards are provided. This all-inclusive lesson is a must for any beginner surfer!


Intermediate Surfing Lessons In the Groove

Semi-Private Coach - $75/hr/pp - 2 Surfers/Coach

REAL Semi-Private Lessons are a great way to match like ability surfers with a REAL Coach for maximum progression at any level. REAL Semi-Private Lessons are booked in 2-hour blocks at 10am and 2pm daily.

Private Coach - $150/hr/pp - 1 Surfer/Coach

Experience One-On-One surf instruction with world-class REAL coaches. Private lessons are booked in 2-hour blocks at 10am and 2pm daily. From beginner to advanced, REAL Private Coaching can take your surfing to the next level!

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

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In the Groove

Intermediate surf lessons at REAL focus on moving past the novice stage and getting “in the groove” with the surf and the ocean. A REAL Coach will work with you focusing on catching and riding waves, helping you understand the effects of tides, winds, swell period and direction. Explore intermediate techniques like riding down the line, trimming, and basic turns. Don’t be a beginner forever, step your game up and get in the groove!


Advanced Surfing Lessons Top to Bottom

Semi-Private Coach - $75/hr/pp - 2 Surfers/Coach

REAL Semi-Private Lessons are a great way to match like ability surfers with a REAL Coach for maximum progression at any level. REAL Semi-Private Lessons are booked in 2-hour blocks at 10am and 2pm daily.

Private Coach - $150/hr/pp - 1 Surfer/Coach

Experience One-On-One surf instruction with world-class REAL coaches. Private lessons are booked in 2-hour blocks at 10am and 2pm daily. From beginner to advanced, REAL Private Coaching can take your surfing to the next level!

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

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Top to Bottom

Advanced surfing lessons provide concentrated, focused instruction from some of the Outer Bank’s best surfing talent. Whether you ride a shortboard or longboard, REAL Coaches are prepared to show you new moves or perfect techniques you are already working on. Advanced lessons make the most out of your water time- learn in a few hours what may take months to learn on your own. Charge it when the surf is big or shred it when it’s small, REAL’s Advanced Surfing Lessons are the key to your next progression.


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


REAL Lesson Center

The REAL Lesson Center is located directly on the water for kiteboarding, surfing and standup paddleboarding lessons and camps with 35 full time coaches, 12 PWCs and a private 4 acre Bermuda grass launch right on the Pamlico Sound. The new REAL Lesson Center features a 2,500 sq ft of dedicated school facility 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. As always, 250 brand new kites and 150 brand new kiteboards round out the school gear making REAL the best kiteboarding facility in the world.


Learn to Surf

REAL offers three surfing instructional methods: REAL Lessons, REAL Private Lessons, and our 3-day REAL Surf Camps. All three methods utilize the same REAL instructional syllabus custom designed by REAL coaches over the past 10 seasons. At REAL, "We Make New Riders Everyday."


Exclusive Terrain

All REAL Surf Lessons and Camps are held in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, the #1 surfing destination on the East Coast of the US. REAL holds an exclusive permit with the National Park Service that allows us access to premium locations along the undeveloped seashore to insure minimal crowds and quality conditions. 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 surfing lessons, 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 known as the most consistent surf destination on the East Coast of the United States. This large barrier island sticks far out into the Atlantic Ocean near the continental shelf, providing reliable surf from deep-ocean power and receiving swell from multiple directions.

The soft, sandy bottom and varying coastline allow REAL Coaches to put you in the best possible conditions for your surf session, regardless of the wind or swell direction. Learn to surf at one of the most consistent and unique surf destinations - Cape Hatteras!


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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Where to Eat

Watermen's Bar & Grill serves delicious, freshly prepared food, plus the best coffee, beers and mixed drinks on the Outer Banks.

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Where to Stay

Watermen's Retreat features 14 luxury condominiums, located waterfront, right at “The Slick”, and directly adjacent to REAL.

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