about us
about us

Why We're Different

When we founded Surf Hatteras in 2006, we were dreamy.  The goal was to create something truly unique in the world of surfing and summer camps. Since then, the testimonies of hundreds of campers and parents continue to confirm we were on to something. Of course, we knew there were plenty of good surf camps.  But, somewhere along the way, the elemental joy of learning to surf among family and friends had been traded for the all-too-familiar scene of crowded day camps fighting for tiny waves in confined spaces. Sure, it was still fun. But we wanted more.

why we are different
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So we got to thinking: What about a destination surf camp in our favorite place on earth? Consistent surf. Beautiful, uncrowded beaches. Smaller groups. Home-cooked meals. Creative activities in and out of the water. And the best staff we could find–not just surfers, but real, caring, funny, intelligent, good people–who also surf and film and cook and lifeguard. What if we could welcome kids from all over the world to share in an experience they’d never forget, and do it in a way that felt like we were simply inviting them into our own home and family? That would be cool. So that’s what we did.

Our Staff

Surf Hatteras has at least 10 full-time staff members working during every summer session. We maintain better than a 1:2 staff to camper ratio at all times. This is to ensure the safety of each surfer, but it is also to make sure that each one gets the personal attention he or she needs every day.  And we don’t just hire anybody.  We’ve got the best people in the world.

Staff Qualifications

All staff members are certified in CPR & First Aid

All surf instructors are certified lifeguards

All staff members have experience working with youth

All receive special training for their positions

All surf instructors have extensive ocean and surfing experience

Get to know us

Ross Byrd

Camp Director & Surf Instructor

Hannah Byrd

Co-Director & Photographer

Robbie Vallad

Photographer & Media Director

Sam Kittrell

Lead Videographer

Cole Hierholzer

Lead Surf Instructor

Alex Balbontin

Videographer & Chef

Nick Molodow

Surf Instructor & Counselor

David Pyle

Surf Instructor & Counselor

Isaac Martin

Surf Instructor & Counselor

Tyler Liebig

Surf Instructor & Counselor

Virginia Syer

Counselor

Mary Ottley

Surf Insrtuctor & Counselor

Jordan Rickman

Counselor

Sarah Schultz

Camp Administrator

Get to know us

Ross Byrd

Camp Director & Surf Instructor

Hannah Byrd

Co-Director & Photographer

Robbie Vallad

Photographer & Media Director

Sam Kittrell

Lead Videographer

Cole Hierholzer

Lead Surf Instructor

Alex Balbontin

Videographer & Chef

Nick Molodow

Surf Instructor & Counselor

David Pyle

Surf Instructor & Counselor

Isaac Martin

Surf Instructor & Counselor

Tyler Liebig

Surf Instructor & Counselor

Virginia Syer

Counselor

Mary Ottley

Surf Insrtuctor & Counselor

Jordan Rickman

Counselor

Sarah Schultz

Camp Administrator

Testimonials

Every summer, we welcome campers from all over the country and the world, who, along with their parents, send us feedback about their experience at camp. The following are some of the unsolicited testimonies we have received…

TESTIMONIALS

Every summer, we welcome campers from all over the country and the world, who, along with their parents, send us feedback about their experience at camp. The following are some of the unsolicited testimonies we have received…