Sand and Smiles

Tim Pirkey joins the WB Surf Camp team!

— Born in Phoenix, AZ, Tim was raised in a loving but full household. As the second-oldest of 6 kids, he learned early on the importance of sharing as well as cooperation and team-work. Both of his parents encouraged and supported Tim’s love of the outdoors with twice yearly camping trips as well as dozens of yearly fishing ‘expeditions’.

After graduating from Northern AZ Univ., Tim began his camp career in San Diego with YMCA Camp Marston. After a summer camp season followed with a Fall/Spring Outdoor Ed season there, he transferred to Camp Surf, where he stayed for 12 years. While taking on progressively more challenging roles, Tim developed his leadership style while helping staff and participants alike enjoy a safe and fun experience. With multiple certifications from the Y, including Professional Director, Multi-Team Leader, Child Abuse Prevention Trainer, and Diversity and Inclusion Specialist, Tim has learned to lead with a fair, calm, capable style that lends itself to a learning environment.

In addition to staff development, Tim has a very strong background in public safety, lifeguarding and situational awareness. Having been a lifeguard for nearly 30 years, he takes great satisfaction in promoting, teaching and maintaining camper and staff health and safety, particularly in the marine environment. While Tim does require a longboard to surf, he doesn’t need perfect waves, as it’s certainly more about just being out in the water for him.

Tim’s other interests include mountain biking, road cycling, swimming, cooking, gardening and reading. He played collegiate club volleyball at NAU while also coaching the team, and has an otherwise extensive coaching background in youth club volleyball. He and his wife Kristie (also a collegiate volleyball player) are animal lovers, with just two rescued ‘fur-babies’ for the moment, with plans to adopt more in the future.

A Glance at 2014

Twenty Fourteen has been another year for the books. It was a year full of firsts and continued traditions; a year of familiar and new faces brought together from around the world; a year that we will always look back on and know that great waves were shared and life long memories were created. But most importantly, it was a year of building and strengthening relationships.

Wrightsville Beach Teen Overnight

This past year, we awarded over $30,000 in scholarships to families in need. We also donated a portion of each camper’s tuition to support the efforts of the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center – which was in its first year in their new building! With your help, we donated $16,325 this year which brings our total to $68,725!

IMG_0075Throughout our programs, we completed over 1,500 hours of community service in the local area. This ranged from collecting trash from every beach that we visited, cleaned up play grounds, collected invasive species and preserve clean up with the Nature Conservancy, painted and volunteered time to read and play with the children the El Llanito Elementary School of Tamarindo. In addition to our focus of building relationships, we were extremely honored to be recognized by the North Carolina Governor’s Office for our Team’s effort in saving the lives of 2 families in Topsail, NC during our Wrightsville Beach Teen Overnight Camp.

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As our founder, Rick Civelli, always says, “this year’s ceiling is next year’s floor.” 2015 is expected to be another incredible year and we are excited to see what the New Year is going to bring.



We hope that your New Year brings health and happiness to you and your family!

Happy New Year!

Paradise Found

The Caribbean called and said that it is waiting for you. With translucent waters, soul warming sun, and sugar white sands, WB Surf Camp has found a little slice of paradise that you need to be a part of.DSCF2343

This coming March, we are leading our Adult Ultimate Caribbean Surf Camp to the stunning island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. During this Learn to Surf retreat, you will discover your inner stoke and be captivated by the translucent warm waters of the Caribbean Sea. This unique vacation is designed for the absolute beginner to the intermediate surfer, we also have an option for your non-surfing spouse.

Tortola provides the perfect, playful break for different skill levels. Our elite professional surf coaches lead this trip and make sure that it is nothing short of amazing. From the moment that your toes touch the water to the 100th wave you’ve caught, our encouraging team will be there coaching, supporting, and cheering you on every moment. From surfing, to hospitality, to arranging special requests – our team goes above and beyond to make sure you have the best retreat!

2014_Adult_BVI-121Not only do we focus on improving your surfing in the water, but out of it as well. During our surf sessions, our professional surf photographer will be on land capturing your waves. Our team will personally sit down with each one of you and analyze your surfing photos and videos. Every movement and position of the body translates to how your board reacts in the water, and your coaches will maximize your wave count, length of rides, and maneuvering through this detailed approach to instruction. We can confidently guarantee that your surfing will progress from the first day of camp to the last.

WB Surf Camp’s founder, Rick Civelli, has been running this program for over 10 years, and finds Tortola to be his home away from home.  Join us, leave the hustle of your daily lives, let the ocean, the surf, the warm sand, the wonderful people and culture of Tortola, and our amazing team spoil you for a week this March.

Join us for a vacation of a lifetime!


  • Session 1: March 14 – March 20
  • Session 2: March 21 – March 27

Have a few questions? Please do not hesitate to contact us at 910.256.7873 and we would be happy to assist you in any way!

**Session 2 is currently full. Limited availability remains for Session 1.