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18 Jan 2021
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If you think the beach is just for sunbathing or collecting shells, think again! Think watersports. Think Tybee Island, Georgia. Tybee may be the best place to learn to surf, windsurf and kitesurf. The waves are gentle, the wind consistent and beach access is easy.

If you think the beach is just for sunbathing or collecting shells, think again! Think watersports. Think Tybee Island, Georgia. Tybee may be the best place to learn to surf, windsurf and kitesurf. The waves are gentle, the wind consistent and beach access is easy.

Surfing

While the waves on the Georgia coast may not be the best for surfing, that hasn't deterred the surfers who patiently wait for the waves to kick up a bit during hurricane season. Taking a surf lesson on Tybee, with its gentle waves, is a great way to get started with the sport.

Kitesurfing & Windsurfing

Think surfing is too tame? Try an extreme water sport – windsurfing or kitesurfing. Kitesurfing (or kiteboarding) involves using both a surfboard and a kite. The kite, attached to your body with a harness, pulls you along – in, along and out of the water.

Windsurfing (or sailboarding) also involves the use of a surfboard, but these boards have an attached sail. Using the wind, the windsurfer sails across the water by holding on to and adjusting the sail.

Lessons & Gear

Tybee Surf Lessons, LLC offers professional surf instruction for kids and/or adults, in groups or privately. They also offer a summer surf camp for the kids and ukulele lessons! Book online at www.tybeesurflessons.com.

North Island Surf and Kayak offers surfing lessons and equipment rentals, for groups or privately. Visit www.northislandkayak.com for more information.

The island's original surf school, Tybee Surf School offers lessons for every skill level. Give them a call to personalize your lesson at 912-704-4821. Visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SurfTybee for a look at the fun you will have.

Hot Sushi's Surf Shack and Lessons provides a fun, casual entry into surfing. They also offer a surf camp for kids. Call them at 912-604-9527 or visit their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/134379473253020/).

For kiteboarding, look no further than AOK Watersports. Lessons for the beginner and advanced boarder. Book online at www.aokwatersports.com.

Get to It!

The South End of Tybee is a popular spot for kitesurfers and windsurfers. With easy beach access, this is usually where lessons occur during low tide. The low waves and flat water, predictable winds, and sand bars offer the perfect riding spot. And, surfers riding the waves just south of the Tybee Pier are a common sight. Get out there and experience it for yourself when you stay in Southern Belle's vacation rentals on Tybee Island!