Welcome to OIB Surf Camp, more than just surf lessons!

About OIB Surf Camp

Longest running Surf Camp on OIB!

OIB Surf Camp got its start in 1992 when middle school teacher, Marty Mentzer, decided to spread the love of surfing to kids in her community... it has since expanded to surfers from NC and beyond... as far away as South Africa!!

What's Included??

Water Safety Instruction

A 1:3 Instructor to Student Ratio

Surf Lessons

Surfboards Provided (soft top for beginners!)

Surfing Etiquette

Games and Beach FUN

Surfboard Design Expertise from Shaper Jesse McCrery

T-Shirts... Surf Camp Certificate... Healthy Snacks... 

and a Pizza Party on Thursday!

What Else??



The ocean is a wonderful place to relax and unwind...nothing feels quite as nice as floating over the waves.  But without proper ocean knowledge, it can be dangerous as well... OIB Surf Camp is offering an Ocean Safety Class for all ages!!  We will cover the basics of ocean safety including (but not limited) to HOW TO SURVIVE A RIP CURRENT, HANDS-ON SKILLS WITH OCEAN SAFETY INSTRUCTORS, AND RECOGNIZING DANGEROUS CONDITIONS.  Instructors are OIB Surf Camp directors, Marty and Jesse.  They will be held on Mondays from Noon-1:00 and are $20 per person.  Family rates available.  Please contact Jesse for detail (910) 508-9122


We offer private surf lessons for individuals, groups, and families.  These are on an hourly basis and include beach and water instruction.  This option is great for kids and adults that need a little help jump-starting their surfing without going to camp.  Lessons are offered everyday and set up by appointment.  We offer beginning to advanced surf instruction and everything in between!!


Maybe you just want to meet up with others for an hour or group surf instruction.  Surf class will be held on Friday mornings @ 8:00 and is limited to 12 participants, also at Newport St.  Contact Marty for more information.  

Meet the Staff

Jesse McCrery


Jesse McCrery has been surfing for .....  He is the owner of JM Surfboards where he shapes custom made surfboards for surfers up and down the East Coast.   

As a child, Jesse spent most of his days surfing and exploring the coast, traveling wherever the best surf could be found. As a 5 time East Coast Surfing Champion, Jesse had the opportunity to travel the world, spending time in a handful of beach towns. After high school Jesse began his professional career as a surfboard shaper, starting his own line of custom handmade surfboards. JM Surfboards was started in 2000 and continues on today, still handshaped by Jesse in Ocean Isle Beach. Jesse continued to hone his creative talents in the building industry as a custom finish carpenter, working with a successful area builder. Ultimately it was Jesse's love for people and surfing that led him to open a Retail and Coffee Shop in Ocean Isle Beach in 2011 which he sold in 2016. Jesse continues to share his passion for the ocean with children as co-owner of OIB Surf Camp. 

Jesse was married to his wife, Callie in 2012 and has 2 small children, Lake and Archie. When Jesse isn't surfing, you can find him spending time with his family. If you're looking for expert advice from an area local, Jesse is the right person to guide you through your home buying process. 

Marty Mentzer


Marty got her introduction to surfing at Shallotte Middle, as coach of the Shallotte Shredders Surf Team from 1989-1992. She had previously been a Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard in Williamsburg Va. from 1982-1987. Upon moving to the beach, she took up the sport of surfing with the support of her students. She began competitive surfing in 1991 and is still competing in the Eastern Surfing Association competitions and Wahine contests among others. Marty has surfed at the National level in United States Surfing Federation (USSF) Championships held in California, Texas, and Hawaii. On the east coast she has surfed breaks such as Sebastian Inlet, Florida, Cape Hatteras/Outer Banks, North Carolina, Ocean City, Maryland. She has traveled to Central America many times and has conducted surf lessons and camps since 1992. She is looking forward to the another awesome summer of Surf Camp at Ocean Isle Beach, NC. 

Lauch Murphy


After learning to surf at OIB Surf Camp when he was just 5 years old, Lauch has nurtured his love of surfing for the past 11 years.  Any time there's a wave, Lauch will be in the water with his toes on the nose of his custom JM longboard! Lauch has surfed Figure 8 Island, Carolina Beach, and El Peredon, Guatemala, but his favorite break is his home break of Ocean Isle Beach!  When he's not surfing, Lauch is a top notch student athlete, playing varsity soccer, football, and baseball at West Brunswick High School.  He also enjoys skateboarding, playing guitar, listening to great music, and playing Fortnite with his buddies Cody and Joey. You might also find  him scooping Sunset Slush this summer at the OIB pier... 

Lauch can't wait to work with the kids at OIB Surf Camp and share his love of the beach and of surfing this summer!!

Cody Owens


Cody Owens is 16 years old and has been surfing since he was 9.  He learned to surf at OIB Surf Camp and has surfed many different breaks along to coast of North Carolina, including Ocean Isle Beach, Sunset Beach, Carolina Beach, Fort Fisher, Wrightsville Beach, and the Outer Banks.  You can find Cody playing baseball, soccer, and Fortnite or skateboarding with Lauch and Mason when there aren't any waves to shred!  Cody is looking forward to another great year at an OIB Surf Camp instructor!!

Mason Owens


Thirteen year old Mason Owens rode his first wave at OIB Surf Camp when he was 6 years old and is responsible for turning his entire family on to the wonderful sport of surfing.   His favorite pastime is smacking the lip and shredding the gnar... He's surfed OIB, Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach, Fort Fisher, and Cape Lookout.  Mason enjoys basketball and skating his backyard halfpipe when the waves aren't cooperating.  

Joey Polino


Joey Polino is 15 years old and has been surfing for the past 3 years here in Ocean Isle Beach.  Joey developed his surfing passion while attending OIB Surf Camp when he was only 12 years old and has been hooked on surfing ever since!  Joey moved down to Ocean Isle Beach 7 years ago from the Boston area and just loves living at the beach!  When Joey isn’t catching a wave in the summer, he is out fishing or playing Fort Night with his buddies.  Joey also plays football for West Brunswick High School where he is an honor roll student and a member of DECA.

When is Surf Camp??

Surf Camp runs weekly M-Th from 8-11


June 3-6

June 10-13

June 17-20

June 24-27

July 1-4

July 8-11

July 15-18

Advanced Camp July 22-25

advanced camp, must have own surfboard!)



Catching waves!  

Come be part of the fun at OIB Surf Camp!!

Contact Us

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 June 3-6

June 10-13

June 17-20

June 24-27

July 2-4

July 8-11

July 15-18

Advanced Camp July 22-25

 (advanced camp, must have own surfboard!)

Reserve your spot now!!

Download the registration form (below) and send it with a $100 deposit to

Jesse McCrery

1911 Egret Street

Shallotte, NC  28470

Write the week you want on the Memo Line

OIB Surf Camp

Newport Beach Access, OIB, NC

(910) 200-3469



8:00 am – 11:00 am


8:00 am – 11:00 am


8:00 am – 11:00 am


8:00 am – 11:00 am


By Appointment


By Appointment


By Appointment

Surf Camp runs Monday-Thursday from 8am-11am.

Private and group surf lessons are always available by appointment!  Drop us a line if you're interested in a private session!!

Download the 2019 Registration form here!