Testimonials

Brian Rainville
Brian Rainville
19:30 09 Nov 21
My family and I rented two kayaks and two surfboards from Topsail Surf Adventures for a full month. Not only was their price less than 1/2 of the next closest bid, they were also able to include a kayak cart and a roof rack - two critical items that no other shop offered. They dropped the equipment off and picked it up right from our house and exactly on schedule. Jimmy enthusiastically hopped on the phone throughout our time on Topsail to chat with me about additional areas to explore and to give me coaching on navigating the local waters. Jimmy and Tyler clearly love what they do and Topsail Surf Adventures is a top-notch organization.
Mandy Miller
Mandy Miller
18:59 07 Sep 21
An amazing team that helps provide updates throughout the process and very flexible with dates. The kayaks were in good condition and came with a vest and paddles. They answered all my questions and even went above and beyond to accommodate an immediate change to another guest's kayak during the stay. 10/10!!
Madeline E
Madeline E
18:48 02 Sep 21
It was a fun time! There were six of us and the two guides personalities allowed us to enjoy the experience and not feel as if we had a tight time schedule for touring. They did a wonderful job at educating us about the world around us and created a wonderful experience for our families.
Kristin Ioannou
Kristin Ioannou
16:51 02 Sep 21
Our twin daughters took surf lessons this summer and LOVED it. The instructors made the experience fun, enjoyable and educational. I would highly recommend Jimmy and his team.
Meredith Kipp
Meredith Kipp
15:35 02 Sep 21
Jimmy led my wife and me on a private kayak tour to Lea Island. It was fantastic. Jimmy is so knowledgeable and taught us a lot about the shore birds, the island and so much more. Our safety was his number one priority. We are experienced kayakers but have not kayaked close to an inlet like we did on the tour. On our way to Lea Island, we stopped at a small sandbar, which grew exponentially when we paddled back. We saw a horseshoe crab moving along in the water. We really had a perfect morning, thanks to Jimmy. We have referred several people to Topsail Surf Adventures and will continue to do so. Thank you so much for an awesome time, Jimmy!
Nathaniel Haghiri
Nathaniel Haghiri
11:39 09 Aug 21
These guys are awesome! Even despite some serious weather and timing setbacks they worked around my schedule to make sure I’d be able to have an incredible experience.Tucker was my instructor for the first day and took me out in some pretty rough waters. My concerns were quickly calmed by his clear knowledge and experience and before long I was catching even the bigger waves that day and surfing them into shore.Jimmy came out the second day and took a very hands off approach helping me learn to pick and choose which wave and when to start paddling. By the end of the lesson it felt like I’d just been surfing with an old friend!I am 25 and a beginner surfer, if you are looking for something new to try book a lesson with these guys! They offer an outstanding service at a really good value.Can’t say enough you guys made my trip!
Theo Wu
Theo Wu
15:03 08 Aug 21
The highlight of our trip! The day before the weather preventing us from our kayaking trip but Jimmy went to great lengths to make sure we were able to have our kayak fun. The next day, it was beautiful and sunny and we had a fabulous trip through the sound. We saw the quintessential birds such as the snowy egrets, ospreys and great blue herons but we also got to see a green heron, tri-colored heron and a baby heron all the while the fish were jumping around us. It was a perfect morning and this was truly the best part of our trip. We highly recommend this tour company and Jimmy in particular…
libby witchger
libby witchger
17:11 27 Jul 21
Had a great experience with Jimmy and Charlie!! Excellent teachers. Wonderful breakdown of technique to make us all successful! Great for all ages. Thanks Jimmy & Charlie!
Jennifer N.
Jennifer N.
15:36 17 Jul 21
We had the best time with Topsail Surf Adventures. Jimmy was great in teaching my daughter everything from safety and the basics to good technique on the board.I would highly recommend them and we look forward to booking future sessions.
Daniel Johnson
Daniel Johnson
23:13 11 Jul 21
I had a surf lesson with Jimmy and it was a great time. He was super helpful with me as a beginner and communicated everything really well. He was even able to reschedule for me when something cam up on my end. Excellent place to get a surf lesson from.
Eric Day
Eric Day
13:00 25 Jun 21
We had a great experience with Jimmy and the guys. They came to our beach and were wonderful instructors. Our boys (11, 12, 14) were all able to get up and ride the waves. They even had my wife and I up on the board! It was exhausting but also the highlight of our trip to Topsail.
Steve Wingert
Steve Wingert
17:00 17 Jun 21
If i could give 10 stars i would! Our daughter has a mild case of hemiplegia and a greater determination to not let it hold her back.Ty was the perfect instructor! Very patient, professional and encouraging. As a bonus she learned all about pelicans, dolphins and jellyfish while waiting for the perfect waves.Great prices, great service, great experience. We are looking forward to booking again next year.
Brad Chapman
Brad Chapman
20:55 16 Jun 21
Great team that came out to help us surf. I have never stood up on a wave and loved here for 4 years. They made that possible with their knowledge and expertise. 10/10 I would recommend them to anyone.
Andrew Bajercius
Andrew Bajercius
20:05 16 Jun 21
Fantastic lessons and instructors. Would highly recommend to anyone wanting to learn how to surf in the topsail North Carolina area
Erin Neil
Erin Neil
17:00 12 Jun 21
Had a great time learning to surf with our instructor Jimmy! I came in with no experience and caught quite a few waves! He was great to talk to, super knowledgeable, and kept the lesson very relaxed and pressure free. Great way to spend the morning and already looking to schedule some follow up lessons. Highly recommend booking with these guys!
R Morty
R Morty
23:54 06 Jun 21
Had a great time learning to surf on south topsail! Big thanks to our instructor Jimmy who was very knowledgeable and provided great conversation between the waves. We really appreciated his safe and relaxed approach and he had us surfing in no time! Definitely recommend Topsail Surf Adventures of you want to learn to surf and have a fun day at the beach
Peder Franson
Peder Franson
16:18 24 May 21
My surf lesson and kayak tour with Topsail Surf Adventures was such an amazing experience! The kayak tour offered beautiful views and crystal clear water and the crew was very knowledgeable about the local history and ecosystem. James led my surf lesson and was incredibly professional and knowledgeable. I quickly felt my skills improve and I had so much FUN! The whole experience was so easy and affordable. I will absolutely be signing up for more adventures in the future!
tammy Chappell-proctor
tammy Chappell-proctor
15:42 24 May 21
I cannot recommend them highly enough! This was our first experience of the 2021 beach vacation experiences and to say it was the best is an understatement! our medically fragile child put learning to surf on his bucket list and so this was the year to make sure we achieved many of those items getting checked off post pandemic! Reached out to Jimmy Fallon on the phone explained our situation dates and how our group would be here and he took care of it all! we came with a thursday evening to a wednesday morning timetable as the owner of the home we were coming to stay in will be coming on that wednesday making us need to leave and we came the day school let out for us. Jimmy and Tyler were highlihgts for sure! they are patient... so encouraging.... so informative and quick to help kids see the need to do things the way they teach and we had our son and a friend who isn't as strong a swimmer and they both had a blast! we booked a second visit with them as well and have a college aged kid and his girlfriend who just graduated high school with us and they are all stoked as well to learn! I will tell you this - we will be back and will use them again and again! they said its a life lesson of journeys its not a one and done you have to keep working at it to get it mastered and still even then can learn new things! I dont think they charge enough at all for what they do - its incredible!
jim89mchugh
jim89mchugh
15:04 09 Sep 20
Had a great time on a kayaking adventure to collect shark teeth from two islands. The guys were knowledgeable and made sure all safety precautions were taken. The kayaking and collection of shark teeth was really fun and not challenging at all, and would be an excellent family experience. My favorite part was actually how much each of them knew about the area, its history and biology. Pretty much felt like the greatest ecology class field trip ever.Aside from kayaking, also got my first surfing lesson from Jake, who managed to get me up on my first wave, and subsequently many more. Jake is a really positive, encouraging instructor, and he made sure that my first time surfing would be safe and fun.If you are in the Wrightsville Beach area and want to have a fun filled family day, I highly recommend Topsail Surf Adventures. You will not be disappointed and the experiences are definitely worth the money. I was in Wrightsville beach for a week and these experiences are my favorite memories.Thanks guys! See you again next time I’m in the area.
Donna PK
Donna PK
21:03 05 Sep 20
My son and daughter had surf lessons with Jimmy and Tyler this past July 2020. It was the highlight of our beach week and they were awesome! Both kids had a great and memorable time and made more progress surfing than I would have thought possible. Jimmy and his instructors are skilled and patient. We would highly recommend making Topsail Surf Adventures part of your plans.
Lauren Foellings
Lauren Foellings
13:41 30 Aug 20
Went on two adventures with Topsail Surf Adventures this weekend. First was a guided kayak tour down the salt marsh in WB. The guys were super knowledgeable about the area and even gave us information on the birds we spotted. The next day we went surfing on WB, such a good time!! I was a first time surfer and with the guys tips and guidance I was able to get up on the first try. They did a ton of practice runs with me until I was able to catch some waves on my own. Jimmy and Tyler were super down to earth, yet highly professional and I would recommend to anyone interested in an adventure!
Damian Herrick
Damian Herrick
23:40 29 Aug 20
My son loves the water and really wanted to learn to surf this summer. He'd been at the beach for a week and a half, improving but not quite getting it. He worked with Tucker for one lesson, and he was standing up, having a great time by the end of it. The two of them really hit it off, and it was great to watch a skill click like that.Topsail Surf Adventures did a great job coordinating a same-day reservation, and was great about meeting us where we were on the beach. We'd surf again with them any time!
Tahani Ahmed
Tahani Ahmed
14:30 28 Aug 20
Jimmy and Ty were amazing! They were really patient and encouraging. They had us catching our own waves by the end of the lesson! 100% recommend.
Monika Soles
Monika Soles
15:25 26 Aug 20
Ever since meeting Jimmy, all my son wants to do is eat, sleep, and surf. Topsail Surf Adventures is the only place I will ever use or recommend for surf instruction.
Katie Warren
Katie Warren
21:12 20 Aug 20
My 11 year old son and thirteen year old daughter recently had a surf lesson with Jimmy from topsail surf adventure. Both agree it was the best surf lesson they have ever had and that Jimmy was such a great teacher! They had so much fun and came away confident and encouraged. Our family highly recommends Topsail surf adventures.
John Foster
John Foster
02:57 14 Aug 20
Made learning very fun and safe. Was very convenient to have lessons at a desired location and learning was quick. Would do again in a heartbeat!
Ken Reig
Ken Reig
20:22 12 Aug 20
Jimmy, Jake and Tucker have been awesome with my 10YO son. Very patient and thorough. Not at all like what you get in the surf camps. William was riding waves on day one, and he's hooked for life now. Highly recommended!
Stephanie Murray
Stephanie Murray
13:57 11 Aug 20
Decided last minute to book surf lessons and I am so glad I did!!! I was feeling scared to scared to surf again after trying unsuccessfully to do so alone. Jimmy was awesome and helped me feel confident and excited about getting up on each wave. I will no doubt book with Topsail Surf Adventures again the next time I am in Wrightsville. Couldn’t have had a better experience!!
Lindsey Hunt
Lindsey Hunt
12:31 11 Aug 20
The girls had a great time surfing with Jimmy. He had them laughing and smiling the entire time. They already are talking about doing it again next year. It was a great experience for them and we loved watching them get up on their boards. Thanks again Jimmy.
Eliza Schuett
Eliza Schuett
17:10 01 Aug 20
Can’t say enough positive things about these guys. So friendly, and they give super actionable feedback. I’ve known Jimmy, the owner, for years - he is an awesome guy, incredible surfer, and great teacher. He coaches all the little groms in town that I know, and they rip! 11/10 would recommend to a friend.
drew mugford
drew mugford
15:25 01 Aug 20
We had surf lessons for our 14 year old son and 19 year old daughter. Our instructor Jimmy did a great job. Very nice guy and very personable. They were up on the boards within a half hour. Great communication, great attitude, and great value. Highly recommend!.
Carrie Grissom
Carrie Grissom
15:16 28 Jul 20
My two teenagers are beginner surfers after some and were standing up, riding waves immediately. Tucker did a fantastic job instructing and encouraging my kids. The price and length of the lessons through Topsail Surf Adventures was the best I could find in the area and the quality of the lesson did not disappoint!
Nicole Tauber
Nicole Tauber
02:14 28 Jul 20
We had an overall awesome experience! It was a last minute decision to try to find surfing lessons and it was well worth it! They were able to fit us in that day, and called and text to make sure we were prepared. The instructors were both knowledgeable and patient with my kids. We had 4 kids in lessons and each got individual attention. Overall, we could not have been happier with our choice to go with Topsail Surf Adventures!
Dinesh Patil
Dinesh Patil
12:39 24 Jul 20
We booked lessons with Topsail Surf Adventures for 4 girls - 11-15 years old during our latest Topsail vacation. Jimmy (one of the owners) was our main point of contact and communicated very well. Jimmy and Tucker arrived right on time and took stock of the different skill levels we had in our group and after a safety briefing and confidence builder, the girls were in the water.We have had our kids at lots of different camps and all of them play sports. I can truly say that the guys from Topsail Surf Adventures took their time and really made the experience a very positive one. They were patient and reassuring and balanced in their approach. I rarely give 5 stars when giving a review but this was well deserved. The professionalism, value and friendliness were unmatched. Thanks fellas!
Adrian Young
Adrian Young
20:31 21 Jul 20
We had so much fun! The guys from topsail surf adventures were very communicative and made things work with our tight schedule. Jimmy was an excellent instructor and keep both my 12 year old and 9 year old, that was super timid and nervous, in the water and surfing the entire time! We will definitely be going back to these guys! Thank you!
Leslie Martinez
Leslie Martinez
14:02 21 Jul 20
My 12 y.o. son had an amazing experience! His instructor Tyler was knowledgeable, friendly and made my son feel comfortable and confident in the water! We will definitely book the 3-day package again next season!
Lulu Abuwar
Lulu Abuwar
17:10 19 Jul 20
Jimmy was awesome! Super fun and he got us up on the board first try! Only place I could find for a 2 hour private for 2 people and 1 instructor for that price. Great experience.
Scott Gilb
Scott Gilb
19:20 16 Jul 20
My girlfriend and I had a fantastic group lesson with instructors Jimmy and Jake! These two knowledgeable and easy-going instructors had us up on the board riding the same wave together within 15 minutes. They are obviously experienced and know how to foster comfort and confidence in beginner surfers. Hanging out in the ocean with them was filled with great conversation during the lulls in waves, and they knew how to push us along with impeccable timing when the right wave came. I already feel ready to surf on my own after a 2 hour lesson. Not to mention, the instructors are definitely people you could have a beer with outside of work (ahem, if you’re of age), and that’s an important trait for me with instructors and tour guides! 5 stars, surfs up!
Laura Nicholson
Laura Nicholson
19:07 16 Jul 20
What an amazing time! My boyfriend and I had a private lesson and it was well worth the money! It was remarkably easy to coordinate the lesson and they came right to our rental house - beyond convenient!! Jimmy and Jake were absolutely fantastic surf instructors! Friendly, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic- they made it super fun and easy to learn! We were total beginner surfers, but with their help we were able to stand up from our first tries! We had such a good time and will definitely be back our next time in Topsail!
David Frye
David Frye
14:35 16 Jul 20
We used Topsail surf adventures for our 2 teenagers to help them get stronger in the surfing skills. They really did well and learned a lot. We were very happy with the results and they have really improved. Now our younger 2 want to take lessons next summer. Thanks for doing such an incredible job. I highly recommend them!
Jon Slenker
Jon Slenker
18:15 10 Jul 20
Great first experience and very thankful I chose the 2hr private lesson. Well worth the individual coaching. While Jimmy was very professional we had a groovy time talking about the anatomy of waves, music, and culture. He was extremely attentive to my skill level and fitness, ensuring I wasn’t too tired to go try and rip the next wave. He asked great questions to help me learn from my mistakes and self-coach later. Topsail Surf Adventures earned my business after my phone did not connect a few times and Jimmy texted me, along with a follow up “thank you” text after my lesson. Top notch! Give them a call.
Anna Broadwell-Gulde
Anna Broadwell-Gulde
17:50 07 Jul 20
My partner and I had an awesome lesson with Tyler! We had initially planned to take a lesson the previous day, but when we got there, Tyler noted that the waves weren't great and he'd be happy to do our lesson the following day. We are both beginners, and by the end, we were riding waves to the shore! Wonderful experience and great instruction!
Katy Sidwell
Katy Sidwell
12:35 07 Jul 20
Booked private lessons for a group of six cousins ages 14-18. Our instructors Tyler and Tucker were fantastic and exceeded my expectations. They were knowledgeable and able to work with the varied skill levels of our group. Everyone in our group learned something, had a lot of fun, and plan to spend the rest of the week surfing. I would highly recommend Topsail Surf Adventures.
Rebecca ODonnell
Rebecca ODonnell
20:46 06 Jul 20
Jimmy and Tyler were great...very knowledgeable and fun! They gave lessons to my 17 & 19 year olds who had a group lesson in Maui last summer and both of them said they learned more this year. They rented boards after the lesson and were able to ride waves! The personal attention and price can not be beat. Highly recommend!!!
Robin Francisco
Robin Francisco
18:58 06 Jul 20
My daughter and her two friends were interested in taking surf lessons and I booked Topsail Surf Adventures. They were not disappointed!!! I called to book an appointment for the next day and was greeted by a very professional and courteous person on the phone. He explained the entire process and helped get it all set up. The instructor, Jimmy, was excellent! He was right on time and gave each girl an equal amount of one on one time in the water. He was even stung by a jelly fish and finished the lesson anyway! They had a blast and all were able to ride the waves by the end of the 2 hour lesson! Highly recommend this company if you are interested in learning how to surf.
Caroline Beacham
Caroline Beacham
12:55 05 Jul 20
Elizabeth Witchger
Elizabeth Witchger
16:43 02 Jul 20
These instructors help break down skills to get you riding better whether you are a beginner or expert. They truly have a passion for riding and can analytically teach you to master the art of riding! Thanks again Topsail Adventures, I can't wait to be out there again.
Melissa Leak
Melissa Leak
18:41 28 Jun 20
We had a wonderful experience with Topsail Surf Adventures. My fifteen year old daughter took private surf lessons with Jimmy and had a great time, learned a lot, and is excited about continuing to surf! Jimmy was professional, fun, and a great instructor! Would highly recommend this experience to anyone that is interested in learning to surf!
Matt Atkins
Matt Atkins
19:26 27 Jun 20
Super day at Topsail with Tyler. Awesome instructor! Got me riding waves quick. Very professional. Will absolutely be recommending others to this group. Best value and instruction in NC!!
Angie Strickland
Angie Strickland
02:43 14 Sep 19
If you’re looking for a vacation adventure with fun lessons and an experienced, well-rounded instructor, Topsail Surf Adventures is the way to go! From ease of booking, to quick communication, to the lessons themselves, it was a great and seamless experience. We had so much fun, we quickly booked follow up lessons for an early morning surf the very next day! We’ll be back again next summer!
Liam Peters
Liam Peters
13:43 25 Jul 19
My Dad and I had a few surf lessons with Tyler and Jimmy in July 2019.They were both in the water guiding us every step of the way.Through their instruction they got us up surfing in the first 15 mins.We will definitely use them again when we are back in Topsail next year.Liam
Wilson Jones
Wilson Jones
15:50 24 Jul 19
Jimmy is the best! Great guy and teacher. My wife and I had a 2-hour lesson (both beginners) and had a blast! Highly recommend for anyone looking to learn and have fun.
Quinn Reilly
Quinn Reilly
18:32 22 Jul 19
I had a great lesson with James and Tyler. Professional and experienced instructors. Can’t wait for my next lesson.