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Surf’s up in Carolina and other southern coastlines, and the oral histories are available to explore through SOHP and UNC Library.

surfer, Dave Grover


While most people don’t associate surfing with the American South, the region boasts some of the most beautiful coastlines in the country. Although the swells that break along the Gulf of Mexico and the southern Atlantic shores are not as fabled as those in California or Hawaii, the warm southern waves beckon surfers all year long.

Dr. Steve Estes captured the stories of surfers who rode coastal waves in the American South, and now those stories available for you.

Explore their stories and search their oral histories here.

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