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Other Activities in the 5 Day Summer Camp include beach volleyball

5 Day Summer Camp is Back!

Two years ago, Farmdog Surf School launched is first ever 5 Day Summer Camp.  We are pleased to announce that the 5 Day Summer Camp is back, after much popular demand!

Other Activities in the 5 Day Summer Camp include beach volleyball

The 5 Day Summer Camp is Back at Farmdog Surf School.

**5 Day Summer Camp**

Farmdog Surf School’s 5 Day Summer Camp features five full days of supervised surfing, learning, and beach fun for your 8 to 12 year old child. The 5 Day Summer Camp meets Monday-Friday at 9 AM sharp and runs until 3 PM daily.  Camp starts off with a group morning stretch segment. If the surfing conditions look right, we head across the street to the beach for 3 hours of NSSIA Certified Surf Instruction.

After the surf session, we head back to Farmdog Surf School to rinse off and take a lunch break. After lunch, each day there will be fully supervised beach activities provided by Farmdog Super Star Connie Leach, who is ACCA Certified in Spirit Safety. Connie, also a veteran teacher and the President of East Coast Storm Cheer, will lead the kids in beach games, tumbling activities, beach volleyball and more.

*Camp at Farmdog Surf School is tons of fun for kids at the beach!*

Once the afternoon activities are finished, please pick up your kids at Farmdog Surf School. The Summer Day Camp will finish at 3 PM daily.

Summer Day Camp Important Info

– Available to kids 8-12. Only 12 spots per week, so book early.
– Three Weeks are June 18-June 2, July 9-13 and August 6-10
– The price is $379.00 per camper.

What to Bring
– Bring a bag lunch
– Bring proper swim attire and SPF each day

– Wetsuits, surfboards and all other equipment included
– Shaded beach area and water provided
– All Reservations include A Free UV Protection Surf Shirt

***All activities are supervised.***

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Tropical Storm Hermine Sale Farmdog Surf School Outer Banks

Tropical Storm Hermine Sale

Tropical Storm Hermine blasted through the Outer Banks over Labor Day Weekend, which interrupted Farmdog Surf School’s annual Labor Day sale.  That’s the bad news.  The good news is we still have tons of stuff to sell, so we are starting over this weekend with a newly dubbed Tropical Storm Hermine Sale.

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It’s back on, our Labor…err Tropical Storm Hermine Sale

So, even though the flyer says otherwise, the Tropical Storm Hermine Sale will commence Friday, September 9th, and proceed through the weekend and beyond.  Great deals abound on used (and new) bikes, epoxy stand up paddleboards (SUP’s), soft SUP’s and other used equipment.

The Tropical Storm Hermine Sale also features great deals on brand new Farmdog clothes, hats, and rash guards, including a substantial selection of BOGO free gear.  We also have new wetsuits half off, used wetsuits starting at $15 and many, many more good deals.

While your here, check out our selection of Luke Short, Vampirate and Stacey surfboards, all designed in Australia.  We have surfboards to demo, rent and buy all at unreal prices.  Plenty of used shortboards and funboards to take home at great prices as well.

So, come on down to Farmdog Surf School’s shop on the Beach Road in Nags Head at MP 10.5.  We are open from 7 am to 5 pm daily and you can call us on 252-255-2233.


Farmdog Surf School Powered by Hurley

Farmdog Surf School Powered by Hurley

You read that right, Farmdog Surf School Powered by Hurley.  Farmdog Surf School is proud to announce that we have been sponsored by Hurley for 2016 and hopefully beyond.

Farmdog Surf School Powered by Hurley

The Farmdog is now on the Hurley Team!


Farmdog Surf School is super stoked to have an incredible partner for our surfing journey, Hurley. Hurley makes innovative products for surfing, most famously the Phantom Series boardshort, and the Hurley Surf Team is a dominant force in both men’s and women’s professional surfing on the World Surf League Championship Tour.

You might be wondering what Farmdog Surf School Powered by Hurley means for Farmdog patrons, and it means great new things.  From a lesson perspective, Farmdog Surf School will be phasing in Hurley’s top of the line performance wetsuits for our customers to use in lessons.  Hurley’s suits are designed to fit better, stretch more, and keep you warmer while surfing.  We will also offer Hurley rashguards for use by our customers during activities.  All of our campers will get some free Hurley gear post camp as well.  The quality of the Hurley products used in our activities will help Farmdog Surf School deliver a better quality experience for our participants.

Also, In our newly remodeled store, we will have some co branded hats, t shirts and rashguards available for purchase both in store and online.  And we will have marketing support from a fantastic global brand, who has been a giant in the surf world since 1999.

We will also be offering a Surf With a Pro Elite Surf Class featuring Hurley pro Noah Snyder on Tuesday and Thursday mornings during the summer.  If you are past the beginner stage and want to really progress into modern short board surfing, The Elite Class is the way to go.

Farmdog Surf School is flattered and honored to be Powered by Hurley, an iconic surf brand.  We are excited about the support of a fantastic brand, and we look forward to creating a better experience for our customers.






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Spring is Coming…

Punxsutawney Phil and Farmdog agree…Spring is coming! Phil saw no shadow and we see no reason not to start planning your spring break and summer adventures. We are offering 10% OFF all bookings until Sunday, March 20th (the first day of Spring!) This includes private and/or group Surf and SUP lessons, camps, and tours. Try a scenic Sunset SUP Tour, enroll your kids in our 3-Day Surf Camp, or book a Group Lesson for a corporate team-building exercise. Use offer code: spring2016 at checkout.

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SURF SUP SHOP SIP…Spring 2016!

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Spring is coming early and Farmdog Surf School is ready to get you in the water! Offering private and group surf and SUP lessons, camps, tours, rentals and more on the Outer Banks. Get 10% off on all bookings made by March 20th, 2016.

And just in time for Spring, we are breathing new life into Farmdog Surf School by bringing you some BIG changes for 2016! (You know we can’t sit still during the Winter). We are stoked to be partnering with our friends at Momentum Fitness. Offering innovative fitness classes and beach bootcamps, we feel that their locally owned and operated business goes hand-in-hand with our vision of promoting healthy, active lifestyles on the Outer Banks. Owners Aaron Saunders and Noah Snyder are hard at work putting the final touches on their NEW gym space in the rear of our shop. Stay tuned for class offerings, schedules, and special Farmdog promotions for members.

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Noah tests out the new gym floors for the Momentum Fitness location inside Farmdog Surf School…coming Spring 2016!

In addition to our new “roommates,” Farmdog Surf School will be getting some fresh inventory in the shop. Expect to see new surf and standup paddle boards and accessories, beach cruisers in a rainbow of bright colors and our brand new 2016 apparel collection for men, women, and kids. Spring is coming! And that means Summer is right around the corner.

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Farmdog Surf School has a wide selection of surfboards, standup paddle boards, kayaks, bikes and more. New inventory for 2016 arriving soon! Located at Milepost 10.5 in Nags Head.

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Labor Day Weekend Used Equipment Sale

It’s here! Labor Day weekend, marking the end of the summer season AND our annual used equipment sale. Save big on used surfboards, standup paddle boards, bikes, kayaks, and more. This year we are also having an awesome sale on our Farmdog apparel and wetsuits by Xcel, Hyperflex, Ripcurl and more. Friday, Sept. 4 through Monday, Sept. 7 from 7am-7pm. See you there!


NEW Siren Surf Camp for Women (and Mermaids)

Farmdog Surf School is excited to announce the addition of their Siren Surf Camp for the 2015 season. Every Tuesday-Thursday in June, July and August from 8:30-11:30 am.

This three-day camp is designed exclusively for women, of every shape and size, ages 18+ who want to connect with the ocean, try something new, or meet like-minded ladies in a fun, active environment. While you won’t be learning how to lure men to their watery grave (we’re not that kind of surf school), you will get a crash course in everything you need to be a modern day mermaid. Siren Surf Camp incorporates…


Each day will begin with a half hour yoga session right on the beach led by one of our certified yoga instructors. The early morning hours on the beach–with their soft colors, cooler temperatures and fewer crowds–are a peaceful time to gear up for the day. The practice, led by Bailey or Lisa, will be a multi-level Vinyasa flow suitable for all participants, even if you are new to yoga. Stretch your muscles, center your mind, and set your intention for your morning in the water. Farmdogs provides all mats and equipment, but feel free to bring your own if you wish.


The Siren Surf Camp is specifically for women wanting to surf, SUP and do yoga on the Outer Banks.

If there is one way to unleash your inner sea goddess, it has to be standing up and surfing a wave. It’s an addicting feeling made even better by the smiling faces of your fellow waterwomen all around you. While surfing is a challenging sport, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from our NSSIA certified instructors in a supportive, judgement free environment. With the pressure off, you might be surprised by the hilarity you find in a wipeout, and the thrill from a successful ride. We’ll match you with the best equipment for your body size and ability level at the start of camp including a board, leash, and wetsuit if needed.

3. SUP

Stand-up paddle boarding is a rapidly growing sport and an awesome activity for women of all ages. It teaches balance, provides a core workout like you wouldn’t believe, and is an awesome way to explore the sound and sea. Conditions each day will determine whether we paddle on the ocean, with panoramic views of the beach, or back on the sound, with wildlife and marshes to explore. There could even be some SUP yoga in the mix! Guided by certified instructors with a 4:1 student to instructor ratio. All equipment will be provided including board, paddle, and life preserver (required on the sound).

WHAT TO BRING- a functional bathing suit, comfortable clothes to wear over top (for yoga), shoes, sunscreen, a towel, water.

MERMAID AMENITIES- You’ll get hooked up with a custom rashguard to protect your skin (and scales) and a shade tent will be set up on the beach if you need a rest or a break from the sun during the three hours of camp each day. Farmdog Surf School provides restrooms, warm showers, lockers and changing rooms in our shop directly across the street. You can also grab a coffee, an organic smoothie, or a bite to eat from Farmdogs Coffee. Everything you’ll need under the same roof!

ATTENTION MOMS- We also offer a Kids Surf Camp (ages 8+) and a Teen Surf Camp as well as private lessons for all ages if you are looking for something for your kiddos to do during the week.

COST- $249 per person *Ask about our multiple camper discount*

We strongly recommend reserving the camp in advance, as space is very limited. You can book securely online or over the phone at (252) 255-2233

See you in the water, Sirens!

#Outlivingit in Mexico with First Descents



Rooftop of Hotel Cinco. Photo: Hannah Bunn

Mexico. A rooftop palapa bar. We raise our sweating glasses of hibiscus tea and margaritas into the center of the group. With each clinking, we sound our nightly refrain: Salud! Health. And while the sunset is melting a neon pallet across the sky, and eighty degree water laps onto the shore below us, and our skin is salty and invigorated from an active day, this can never completely distract from that very subject. Our health. It is the reason for our smiles on this trip, and the reason for tears. The reason for anxiety, and for new achievements. It’s the reason our group was brought together in the small town of Punta de Mita, on the west coast of Mexico. This is where we spent a week with a surf camp for young adult cancer survivors with the very awesome organization, First Descents.

Based out of Colorado, First Descents is a non-profit organization that offers young adult cancer fighters and survivors outdoor adventure experiences. The aim is to “empower them beyond their diagnosis, defy their cancer, reclaim their lives and connect with others doing the same.” Farmdog Surf School has had the good fortune of working with the organization as an outfitter for their surf camps on the east coast and, sometimes, abroad. In 2013, we ran a surf camp in Bali for our first “FDX” program (X for extreme) with First Descents. We were super stoked that they wanted to meet up south of the border and do it again for FDX Mexico. 

We arrived in Mexico Nov. 3rd and got settled in at Hotel Cinco, a gorgeous hotel right on the beach that was generous enough to accommodate First Descents for the first half of our surf trip. We also arrived just in time for Hurricane Vance to blow his way through the tiny town, despite it’s protected location in the Banderas Bay. No bother. We spent the morning with a rooftop yoga class with instructor, Michele Thibodeau. Followed by a hike along the coast and a nice siesta before the storm hit.

Yoga with a view of sky and sea. Photo: Lauren Cowart Photography

Yoga with a view of sky and sea. Photo: Lauren Cowart Photography

Stormy skies from Hurricane Vance

Stormy skies from Hurricane Vance. Photo: Crash

Though Vance set our surfing back a couple of days, we made up for it after the skies cleared standup paddle boarding and surfing at El Anclote, a great beginner break just steps from the patio of the hotel. Our campers then graduated to La Lancha, a break just a short boat ride away, where we caught hours of fun waves under sunny skies in pure blue water. A big thank you to our surf guides from Accion Tropical, who also ferried us out to the Marieta Islands where we snorkeled and visited the geological wonder of Hidden Beach.


Marieta Islands boat trip. Photo: Crash

Hidden Beach, accessed  by boat and a swim through a cave. Photo:

Hidden Beach, accessed by boat and a swim through a cave. Photo:

One of our boats arriving at La Lancha. Photo: Crash

One of our boats arriving at La Lancha. Photo: Crash

Bunny, Ooh Ooh, Symbol and Daryl, all smiles. Photo: Crash

Bunny, Ooh Ooh, Symbol and Darelito, all smiles. Photo: Crash

For the second half of our trip we relocated to the breathtaking Villa Lunada, where, on our second to last day, we scored our biggest surf yet…and some serious R&R.

View from Villa Lunada. Photo: Alicia Rodriguez

View from Villa Lunada. Photo: Alicia Rodriguez

Danny Boy, getting zen. Photo: Crash

Danny Boy, getting zen. Photo: Crash

With sets coming in that day in the chest-head high range, everyone was met with challenges both physical and mental. There were people who wanted to get out of the water after a rocky wipeout. In the end, they didn’t. There were people hesitant to grab a board and get in the water at all. In the end, they did. Surfing, ever the metaphor for life, was an opportunity for the campers to push themselves on this trip, despite their background, their health, or their fears. As the signature First Descents hashtag goes, everyone was truly #outlivingit. And we at Farmdog Surf School couldn’t be more proud.

Cheech charging. Photo: Crash

Cheech charging. Photo: Crash

Ooh Ooh on a nice right. Photo: Crash

Ooh Ooh and the deep blue. Photo: Crash

Our surf guide, Tomas, crushing it. Photo: Crash

Our surf guide, Tomas, crushing it. Photo: Crash

Party wave! Ooh and Chopper. Photo: Crash

Party wave! Ooh and Chopper. Photo: Crash

Sunshine style. Photo: Crash

Sunshine style. Photo: Crash

2015 Preseason Discount for the Holidays

Holiday 2014 Promotion

We all have enough stuff. This holiday season, give the gift of stoke!

We are offering 10% off all lesson, camp, and rental bookings until January 1st. Just use promotion code: 2014_Holiday at checkout when you book online. You can also book by phone or in store.

Gadgets get upgraded and clothes are outgrown but your experience surfing or stand-up paddle boarding on the beautiful barrier islands of the Outer Banks will stay with you for years to come.

*NEW IN 2015*

When the cold weather sets in you can a) get cabin fever or b) get creative. We’ve chosen the latter and have come up with some exciting new offerings for our 2015 season. Here is a quick rundown:


Siren Surf Camp: Three days of surf, SUP, and yoga specifically geared toward women ages 18 and up. Tues-Thurs from 8-11am. Includes all equipment, refreshments, a long sleeve rashguard, and a “Sippin’ Social” on Thursday evening. The perfect activity if you’re on a girls getaway or want to do more than just sit on the beach during your vacation. Meet like-minded women and embrace your inner mermaid!

Three-lesson package: Save $60 when you book a prepaid package to get three private surf or SUP lessons under your belt. Choose your own schedule, our booking system will store your remaining credit. A great way to build on your skills. Create your own surf camp for your vacation week or space out lessons to use over time.

–  Multiple camper discount: Have a couple rugrats that want to sign up for surf camp? We now offer a discount for multiple campers/siblings that book together. Also applies to the Siren Surf Camp. $25 off when you book 2 campers at once, $50 off for 3 or more campers.

Save 10% on this and more when you book before January 1st! To see all we have to offer, click on the “Book a Lesson” button on our homepage. (Gift certificates reflecting your purchase are available if you would like to have a physical gift to give. We ship!)



Ebb & Flow: Another Nags Head Facelift


In a matter of days, these cottages will be demolished. It is a bittersweet finale marking the end of our second busy season here in the big blue building across the street from where they stand.

Bitter, because these sentinels of the sand dunes, historic Nags Head style cottages built in the 1950s, have been standing watch over this little slice of Heaven for decades. They’ve been the backdrop for our summers as we teach surf lessons, swim, paddle, and sunbathe. These cottages preserve a way of life and the spirit of the old Outer Banks, something that is becoming harder to see and feel as the island is developed.

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There is sweetness in it too. New houses—large ones that can accommodate a family reunion or a wedding celebration—are slated to be built in their place. Their doors will be open and waiting for new memories to be made, new traditions that will become part of the history of this place.

We were lucky enough to be granted permission by the construction company heading the development to enter the houses before they are torn down. Stepping through their doors is like stepping back in time. Solid wood panelling—juniper and pine—cover the walls, the floors, the ceilings. Cast iron sinks and tubs, crystal door knobs, and large fireplaces adorn the sturdy, weatherworn fortresses.

We came away with some souvenirs, relics forgotten in cupboards and on shelves: dusty stacks of china, a rusty stapler and faded box of staples. Old board games and bingo cards, their paper browned and peeling. They are the tools and amusements of everyday life in simpler times. We were able to salvage doors and timber to use for some upcoming projects as we expand Farmdogs Coffee, and for our own homes as well.

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In a way, we are carrying on the legacy of Outer Bankers from long ago who knew what it took to make it on these barrier islands—resourcefulness, creativity…and, ok, piracy. In fact, the town of Nags Head got its namesake from such lore. The story goes that native Outer Bankers (originally coming from Europe) that inhabited these shores would tie a lantern around the neck of an old nag (or horse) and lead it up and down the dunes. The light shone out to sea, creating the illusion of a ship drifting in a sheltered harbor. But when captains tried to steer their ships into “harbor,” they would run aground on the dangerous and shallow shoals and the islanders would seize their chance to loot them, taking valuables, furniture and materials for their own.

But it wasn’t always through trickery that Outer Bankers capitalized on shipwrecks. Plenty of ships tragically ran aground on their own, earning the waters off our coast the nickname “the Graveyard of the Atlantic.” Nonetheless, when there are goods to be gathered, natives waste no time in doing so to this day. In 2006, a shipping container washed ashore just south of Nags Head on Hatteras Island, strewing its contents across the beach. The treasure? Hundreds of bags of Doritos. Word spread quickly and locals came out to reap the harvest, stocking their pantries full with the snacks.

Doritos washed ashore on Hatteras Island (Chris Curry/The Virginian-Pilot)

We are well versed in the adage “waste not, want not.” And so we took the opportunity to explore the small commune of cottages, six in all. We came away with a few artifacts, these photos, and a glimpse of Nags Head in its glory days. A barrier island, by its very nature, is a changing and transformative thing–the old gives way to the new and the island keeps moving forward. The crew here at Farmdog Surf School is thinking that more of those glory days are yet to come.


(Photo: Shea Bunn)

By Hannah Bunn

Duck and Manteo are now served by Farmdog Surf School for Surf and SUP lessons.

Farmdog Surf School expands to Duck and Manteo

Duck and Manteo called, and they want their Farmdog Surf School!  Farmdog Surf School is joining forces with some great local companies to expand their offering of activities.

To begin with, Farmdog Surf School has merged with Outer Banks Paddleboard to provide the highest quality SUP Lessons, Tours and products anywhere.  Outer Banks Paddleboard is owned by Jack Crouch and was operating out of the Nor’ Banks Sailing Center in the Town of Duck.  Jack has started repping for Ocean Lineage and Farmdog Surf School will be carrying SUP’s from Boga and Coreban and SUP accessories ranging from leashes and bags to hydration systems, PFD’s and much more.  Look for Farmdog Surf School to partner up with Jack to do Demo days for Boga and Coreban, plus the Demo fleet will be available for rent and private lessons.

In addition to the merger, Farmdog Surf School will be operating out of Nor’ Banks Sailing Center in Duck for private and group surf lessons in the ocean, and private and group SUP lessons in the ocean.  Farmdog Surf School will now offer full lesson services to clients in Southern Shores, Duck and Corolla!  If you haven’t been to Nor’ Banks, it’s an awesome site on the sound north of the Duck Research Pier.  They have sailing lessons, camps, jet skis, parasailing and more!  Now with Farmdog Surf School doing Surf and SUP lessons, Nor’ Banks is your go to spot for watersports adventures!

Finally, Farmdog Surf School is going to be doing SUP Tours in Manteo, operating out of Roanoke Island Outfitters.  Manteo offers a really unique paddling opportunity for the flat water SUP’er, and RIO is a great operation who has been doing paddle related tours for two decades.  We are stoked to be working with them!  We are also working out the details on doing an SUP Tour in the Everglades with RIO, which will be an amazing adventure.  Stay tuned!

Duck and Manteo are great small towns that retain their Outer Banks charm, and Farmdog Surf School is stoked to offer lessons in two new locations.  So, if your summer plans take you to Duck and Manteo, Farmdog Surf School will be there to serve you!

Duck and Manteo are now served by Farmdog Surf School for Surf and SUP lessons.

Farmdog Surf School is expanding into Duck and Manteo for surf and SUP Lessons.