WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) - Wrightsville Beach has been called one the top 20 surfing towns in the world but it had humble beginnings when it comes to wave riding.
According to NC History Today, early surfboards on the east coast were made of juniper wood, used by ship builders and resistant to worms.
A man named Burke Bridgers became a Wrightsville Beach surfing pioneer when he wrote a letter on Apr. 7, 1909 to the Honolulu Pacific Commercial Advertiser asking for a better way to make boards because during that summer surfers were not having great results.
Wrightsville Beach is documented as the first place surfing took place in the state of North Carolina, and one of the first on the entire east coast.
On Labor Day of that year, there was a "surf board riding contest" hosted by the Lumina Hotel.