The beaches of New Hanover County may be close in proximity but are as different as they can be in character. Wrightsville Beach has garnered a reputation for the wealthy and affluent, while Carolina Beach's history has not been as affluent. However, both communities offer unique opportunities and experiences.
Tony Silvagni is a world champion longboard surfer and owner of the Tony Silvagni Surf School in Carolina Beach. According to Silvagni, Carolina Beach is an ideal place to learn to surf. This article discusses Silvagni’s accomplishments and how he started his own surfing school.
Craig Love is the chef and owner of Surf House Oyster Bar and Surf Camp in Carolina Beach. The Surf House has attracted a staff of surfers who have connected the culture of surfing to the hospitality offered at the restaurant.
How to improve the iconic boardwalk, destroyed twice by hurricanes and once by a fire, has been a problem inspiring many possible solutions since the 1940s. Over the decades, the issue has continued to be on any city election platform and inspired the creation of the Carolina Beach Boardwalk Preservation Association. The author infers the oft-asked question “what do we do about the boardwalk?” needs answering, since the boardwalk built in 1930 is as much a part of a Carolina Beach summer as the beach.