Why Surf with Sean?

Hi!  My name is Sean Griffin.  I have grown up surfing in Wrightsville Beach – Figure Eight – Wilmington, NC and love to pass the knowledge along by teaching others how to surf!  What our passionate team cares about the most is that you feel safe, have a spectacular time and learn more than you could have ever imagined!  

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*10% Military Discount on all Private Surf Lessons with Military ID/proof!

*10% NHCS School Teacher Discount for all Private Surf Lessons with ID/proof!

*10% UNCW Student Discount on all Private Surf Lessons with ID/proof!

Why Surf with Sean

“Let me start by saying I have attempted surfing in the past with no lessons and struggled to get up and enjoy my experience. I immediately had a good feeling about the lesson and time spent with Sean after meeting him. I had a 2 hour lesson with him today and was easily my best surfing experience I could have ever hoped for. He exceeded my expectations and I had the ability to get up on most waves once we got started. His expertise and ability to make things simple for somebody learning was amazing. His passion showed when we were discussing how to read the ocean, size of the swell, current and wind direction. In addition, the better I did, the more he would teach me on technique to make surfing more creative and interesting when surfing elsewhere. It was the best afternoon I’ve had in a while and look forward to coming back down and meeting with Sean for another lesson soon down the road.  Awesome day today my friend, it was great meeting you and I hope you continue your success and keep your passion for surfing for years to come!”  -Matthew Wetmore, 2016

Surfing camp

“Yesterday I decided I wanted to try surfing so I googled surf board rentals and lessons and these guys sounded good so I went with it and I’m SO glad I did! Sean and Miller were awesome. The wetsuit was super nice and they brought a couple different boards out for me. I had a blast and will definitely go to them with any needs or questions when I am down here! Awesome guys”  -Liz, 2016

learn to surf

“Best time ever!!!!!!! If you want to surf for your first time or just improve your surfing, Sean is your guy! Sean is an absolutely phenomenal instructor – extremely knowledgeable, fun, and encouraging. He goes above and beyond in every way to make sure you finish the lesson a better surfer than you started! Sean is the only instructor I would recommend to anyone wanting to learn to surf; he’s the best and you and your kids will have an absolute blast!!!! (And his prices are super reasonable)” -Joel Bradt, 2016

learn to surf in Wrightsville

“We booked an 1.5 hour surfing lesson with Sean. Due to the rainy weather that weekend, we were not sure if the lesson could be postponed or cancelled, and Sean was very flexible and courteous when communicating.  We had 2 people and Sean also had 2 instructors including himself. If we were to do it with other companies, it would be 1 instructor for both of us (not really a good deal). Within the 1.5 hour, I learned a lot about surfing (1st time to surf and was able to ride down the line all the way to the shore!) and enjoyed it. Sean even gave us advice about where to visit in town (South Port) and we decided to go there and had a great time.  This guy is awesome! 5 star!! -Minh Zizou, 2015

Surf Lessons for girls

“Sean and his team took out (6) girls – all different surfing abilities – for a morning lesson. He was fantastic. The ones that knew how to surf learned some new moves and the ones that had never surfed, loved it. Sean and his instructors were patient and worked really well with the girls. I would recommend Sean’s Private Surf Instruction for anyone who wants to learn how to surf or who already knows and wants to get better. There is no one better for private or small group lessons in Wrightsville Beach than Sean.” -Francine Streich, 2015

Best surf school

“Thank you for the awesome lessons! We were thrilled and the kids had a blast! Best lessons ever!”  –Amy Dickenson Ferguson, 2014


“Couldn’t have had a better experience during his first surf lesson! Very successful first surf lesson with Sean!” -Jordan Cherry, 2014

10603216_10100903294482816_4310228875101275708_n“Seriously, Sean’s Private Surf Instruction stokes kids out and makes the world a better place, he deserves his awesome life!” –Dave Dorosko, W.B. Lifeguard & Middle School teacher


“My boys had the best time with Sean!!! They surfed for four days in a row, had their lessons recorded into a little movie, and had an absolute blast. Sean taught them so much about ocean/surfing safety as well as learning to surf!  We can’t wait to have more lessons next summer. Thanks Sean!!” -Shannon Hale, 2014

Sean is an awesome surf instructor! My boys now 6 and 8 yrs old, have been surfing with Sean for over a year.  They love working with him so we take lessons as often as possible!!  He is great with kids and teaching not only how to surf but also about water/surf safety and knowledge. I highly recommend!!!:)”  -Whitney Maier, 2014

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“By far THE BEST surf mentor and teacher my son has had. They immediately bonded and Sean genuinely took interest in Bowen, not only teaching the mechanics of surfing but how to read the waves as well! HIGHLY recommended!”   -Michelle Pierce Young, 2014

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“Sean puts me in a good mood!” -Kate, age 6, 2014.

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“I have three young sons and Sean was fantastic with them. He was hands on and really taught them yet made sure they had fun. He also gave us a high level of confidence that our kids were safe and having a great time. Sean has a touch with relating to kids and gaining their respect. They look forward to seeing him every time we visit Wrightsville Beach”  -Brooke Oblinger, mother

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“Two lessons with Sean and he was hooked”  -Debbie Polian