Surfing Lessons & Camps

Learning to surf is an equal combination of proper coaching, the right equipment and an ability friendly environment. At REAL, we have all three of these dialed. Our exclusive National Park permit gives us access to endless coastline to find the perfect waves for your session, and your own private peak. We offer lessons and camps teaching all abilities beginner through advanced.

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We Make New Riders Every Day

When you're learning with REAL, you have access to the most knowledgeable and friendly coaches in the world. To maximize your instructional experience, we recommend visiting the REAL Lesson Center in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Our state of-the-art facility has instant access to perfect conditions for kiteboarding, surfing and foiling.

Choose lesson type

Private lessons are the best way to fast track your surfing skills. You can't beat one-on-one instruction with your own REAL Surf Coach. Whether you book one session or a full week, we will create a custom curriculum based around your skill level and learning style. At REAL we strive to provide the highest level of customer service and knowledge available. Our coaches will set you up with the right gear and get you to the best waves in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore to provide you with a truly unique surfing experience.

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Skill Levels
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
Lesson Includes
  • REAL Pro Coach
  • Surfboard rental
  • Transportation from REAL
  • 2 hours per lesson

If you want to share time on the water with a friend or family member, Semi-Private Surfing Lessons are the way to go. Semi-Private Lessons are customized around your skill levels and learning styles. Part of the Cape Hatteras surf experience is seeing our unique stretch of coastline, discovering new breaks and learning how they work in different swells. Our REAL Surf Coaches will have you dialed in and on the best spot of the day for your ability. Semi-Private Lessons are booked in groups of two or more students. At REAL we keep our student coach ratio at 3:1 to maximize progression and safety.

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Skill Levels
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
Lesson Includes
  • REAL Pro Coach
  • Surfboard rental
  • Transportation from REAL
  • 2 hours per lesson

Choose camp type

REAL Surf Camp uses our world renowned Zero to Hero program which is ranked among Outside Magazine’s “Top 10 Adventure Camps in the World”. Our Zero to Hero Surf Camp takes kids from rank beginner to able wave rider. This three-day program runs three hours per day (9am - 12pm) with 3 surfers per coach. Our exclusive permit with the Cape Hatteras National Seashore gives us access to miles of coastline to dial in perfect conditions. This is the ideal surf camp experience for kids ages 5-17!

REAL Surf Camp Dates:

Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from May 10 to September 15.

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Skill Level
  • Beginner (ages 5-17)
Camp Includes
  • REAL Pro Coaches
  • Surfboard rental
  • 3 days | 3 hours per day
  • 3 surfers per coach
  • Snacks
  • Photos & videos
Camp Dates

WEEK 1: May 10th - May 12th

WEEK 1: May 17th - May 19th

WEEK 2: May 24th - May 26th

WEEK 3: May 31st - June 2nd

WEEK 4: June 7th - June 9th

WEEK 5: June 14th - June 16th

WEEK 6: June 21st - June 23rd

WEEK 7: June 28th - June 30th

WEEK 8: July 5th - July 7th

WEEK 9: July 12th - July 14th

WEEK 10: July 19th - July 21st

WEEK 11: July 26th - July 28th

WEEK 12: August 2nd - August 4th

WEEK 13: August 9th - August 11th

WEEK 14: August 16th - August 18th

WEEK 15: August 23rd - August 25th

WEEK 16: August 23rd - August 25th

WEEK 17: August 30th - September 1st

WEEK 18: September 6th - September 8th

WEEK 19: September 13th - September 15th

REAL Custom Surf Guides can be tailored to any ability level, from rank beginners to experienced surfers looking to strike mission a Cape Hatteras swell. REAL Custom Surf Guides include a knowledgeable Surf Coach/Guide, 4x4 transportation and the ability to access the best breaks for the day’s conditions. Our Custom Guide program is just that, CUSTOM. We design the perfect plan for your Cape Hatteras surf experience.

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Skill Levels
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
Guide Includes
  • REAL Pro Coach/Guide
  • Huge selection of equipment
  • 4x4 transportation from REAL
  • 1 day | 5 hours per day
  • 1-4 surfers per coach.

REAL Offsite Coaching pairs our coaches with your dream destination. This is the best way to improve your surfing skills while traveling the world. If you’ve always wanted to experience exotic surf travel, but want to make sure it goes seamlessly, the REAL Offsite Coaching program is for you. Whether you are just starting to plan your trip, or already have it booked, a REAL Surf Coach can meet you with all the gear and all the local knowledge, ready to go.

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Skill Levels
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
Adventure Includes
  • REAL Pro Coach
  • Huge selection of equipment
  • Full day of instruction

Get in Touch

Ready to book your lesson or camp? Need more information? Send us a message at REALPRO@REALWatersports.com or call 252-987-6000.

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Best Lesson Ever

“Best lessons our son ever got!!! The REAL coach was so good with kids, super fun and encouraging the whole time, and full of positive energy. A true pleasure to watch him teach our son how to surf.”

— Robert R.


AWESOME EXPERIENCE!

“Two of us went on a guided surf lesson. This was an awesome experience and I can not recommend it highly enough. REAL took us out in their truck and down the beach until we found the perfect firing peak to surf to ourselves. There is no question that in a 1/2 day they helped me gain improvements that would have taken me months - maybe years- to realize on my own”

— Brian F.


Our Own Private Peak

“Having 4x4 access to every corner of the coast put us on the best waves every day. I’m still pinching myself how cool it was to have our own private peak for the best session of the trip. Just our group, some pelicans and dolphins. This is paradise.”

— Barry Anderson