Now Hiring!

Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue is now hiring Ocean Lifeguards for the 2017 Summer Season. Tryouts consist of a 1/2 mile ocean swim, straight into a 1 mile beach run, two mock rescues, and a brief interview. Tryouts will be held at Crystal Pier (by the Oceanic restaurant) on the south end of Wrightsville Beach Sunday, April 30th and Saturday, May 6th at 8:30am. Candidates need only attend one tryout date, but are encouraged to attend both. No previous experience is necessary. WBOR’s paid training academy will provide the training and certification needed for all recruits. For more info visit our employment page or contact Dave Baker, Ocean Rescue Director at or 910-256-7920 ext 1702.  stand12.jpg  IMG_2419


2017 WBOR Rescue Calendar Hot Off the Press

The 2017 Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue calendar is a stunning collaboration with local artist, photographer, waterman, and WBOR alumni, Sean Ruttkay, owner of EDA Surf. It features 12 months of gorgeous scenes shot by Sean of the 2016 WBOR team in the course of their work and training. All proceeds benefit Friends of Wrightsville Beach, the non-profit organization set up to benefit the ocean rescue team and help them attend lifesaving competitions. Please support your local lifesavers and enjoy the gift of an endless summer on your wall all year round with the purchase of a WBOR Calendar.

Available on Wrightsville Beach in Robert’s Grocery, Aussie Island Surf Shop, South End Surf Shop, Mellow Mushroom, Lighthouse Beer and Wine, or Causeway Cafe. Or get yours online!


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WBOR Takes 3rd at National Championships

imgp3996Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue sent a very small crew of athletes to the 2016 National Championship held in Hermosa Beach, CA this past August. Despite the fact that WBOR could not afford to send a full team to California, the small team that competed was still successful in taking 3rd place in the small beach division. This was the third year in a row that Wrightsville Beach finished third at the United States Lifeguard National Championships. The WBOR team achieved their third place finish behind Smith Point, NY and Fort Lauderdale, FL by placing in the following events:


Lindsey Gerkens

  • 1st place in 30–34 Women’s surf ski race
  • 1st place in 30–34 Women’s Ironwoman
  • 1st place in 30–34 Women’s Surf Board Race
  • 2nd place in 30–34 Women’s Run-Swim-Run
  • 2nd place in 30–34 Women’s Board Race
  • 7th place in Open Womens Surfboat

Maurice Peacock

  • 1st place 30–34 Men’s Beach Flags
  • 6th place in Open Men’s Rescue Race
  • 8th place Open Men’s Beach Flags
  • 12th place Open landline rescue race
  • 12th place in Open Mens 4 x 100 Run Relay

Hunter Hay

  • 2nd place 30–34 Men’s 2K Beach Run
  • 3rd place 30–34 Men’s Surf Ski Race
  • 12th place in open Mens 4 x 100 Run Relay

Ross Monroe

  • 3rd place Open Mens 2K Beach Run


WB Guards Defend Their Regional Title

Congrats to the WB lifeguards who took first place in the South Atlantic Regional Lifeguard Tournament in Folly Beach, SC last week with 389 points. This is the fifth year in a row that Wrightsville Beach has taken first in their division. Jacksonville Beach, FL finished in second place in the big beach category with 308 points and Virginia Beach, VA took third with 264 points.

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Wrightsville Beach had several individual champions: Matt Wistoff in the Run-Swim-Run, Kathy Yarbrough in the Ironwoman, Lindsey Gerkens in the Paddleboard and Surfski, and Mo Peacock in Beach Flags. The team also took top honors in several team events: Landline (Sawyer Dove, Hunter Hay, Mo Peacock, Lindsey Gerkens), the men’s 4×100 (Adam Gartrell, Mo Peacock, Hunter Hay, Tyler George), and the women’s Taplin Relay (Cat Gargula, Kathy Yarbrough, Lindsey Gerkens, Jenson Engen). Where Wrightsville Beach really showed its strength though was in its depth. Not content to settle for scoring one place in an event, the team often scored several times in each event making it truly a team effort.

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Josh Drew, Adam Gartrell, and Matt Wistoff took 3rd, 4th, and 5th in the 2K beach run. Zach Sowers, Will Swiss, Sawyer Dove, and Matt Wistoff took 3rd, 5th, 6th, and 7th in the Surf Swim. The women’s Rescue Race teams (Cat Gargula, Thalia Harrison, Lindsey Gerkens, Kristi Falco and Kathy Yarbrough, Marisa Martinez, Jenson Engen, and Kristen Smith) took both second and third places and all four of the women’s paddle rescue teams made the finals and scored points for the team finishing 2nd, 3rd, 8th, and 9th. Full Results Here.

Charleston County was a great host and put on a fantastic competition. Congrats to all the athletes and a huge thank you to our donors and supporters without whom the competition team would not be able to compete! Another huge thank you to the lifeguards who stayed behind and worked extra hours to cover the beach while the competition team traveled to South Carolina. Looking forward to defending the title at 2017 South Atlantic Regionals in Jacksonville Beach, FL!


Tryout Dates Set for Summer 2016

Tryouts for the 2016 Summer season will be held April 24th and April 30th at 8:30am at Crystal Pier (by the Oceanic Restaurant) on Wrightsville Beach. The tryout will consist of a 1/2 mile ocean swim straight into a one-mile beach run, two mock rescues, and a brief interview. Wetsuits are permitted. IMG_2042

Applicants must possess: A valid driver’s license, ability to swim 500 meters in 10 minutes or less, ability to run 1 mile in 8 minutes or less, and be at least 18 years of age or older.

Detailed information about the tryout is available here or contact Dave Baker, Ocean Rescue Director at (910) 256-7920 ext. 1702. For general information about working as a Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue Lifeguard please see our employment page and our photo galleries. Hope to see y’all on the beach! It’s going to be a great summer!

2016 Rescue Calendar Now Available

Official Wrightsville Beach Rescue Calendars

Help support two local area non-profit rescue organizations by purchasing the 2016 Wrightsville Beach Rescue Calendar!

The 2016 Rescue Calendar is a collaboration between Friends Of Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue and Bow Wow Luau & Cat’s Meow animal rescue and showcases the stunning photography work of local artist T.J. Drechsel. All proceeds go directly to Friends of Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue and Bow Wow Luau & Cat’s Meow!

The calendar features the national-award winning 2015 Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue lifeguards and rescue pets who are either up for adoption or have been adopted thanks to the work of Bow Wow Luau & Cat’s Meow.

Please help support saving lives in our local community.
Every life matters!

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Heidi’s Hope for Homeless Animals is the 501(c)(3) organization behind the Bow Wow Luau & Cat’s Meow event.

You may also buy locally by visiting one of the following businesses:

Aussie Island Surf Shop (Wrightsville Beach)

Woof Gang Bakery (Lumina Station on Eastwood Rd.)

Roberts Grocery (Wrightsville Beach)

Sweetwater Surf Shop (Wrightsville Beach)

WBOR Takes 3rd in the Nation Again

Wrightsville Beach Lifeguards Nationals USLAFor the second year in a row, Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue (WBOR) placed 3rd in their division at the 2015 USLA National Lifeguard Championships, which took place August 6-8th in Daytona Beach Florida. WBOR lifeguards competed against over 580 of the nation’s best surf lifesaving athletes representing 55 different lifesaving agencies. View the Full Results and Photos.



Wrightsville Beach Point Scorers:

Surf Race:

11th Place Open Men- Will Swiss


9th Place Open Men- Zach Sowers

11th Place Open Men- Will Swiss

13th Place Open Men- Sawyer Dove

Rescue Race:

3rd Place Open Women- Cat Gargula, Thalia Harrison, Lindsey Gerkens

11th Place Open Women- Kathryn Yarbrough

10th Place Open Men- Sawyer Dove, Zach Sowers, Hunter Hay, Mo Peacock

Taplin Relay:

9th Place Open Women- Cat Gargula, Thalia Harrison, Kathryn Yarbrough, Lindsey Gerkens

16th Place Open Men- Barrett Phiffer, Will Swiss, Hunter Hay, Mo Peacock

Surf Ski:

13th Place Open Men- Barrett Phiffer

1st Place 30-34 Men- Hunter Hay

American Ironman:

2nd Place 30-34 Men- Hunter Hay

International Ironman:

11th Place Open Women- Kathryn Yarbrough

3rd Place 30-34 Men- Barrett Phiffer

2K Beach Run:

5th Place Open Men- Zach Nifong

Beach Flags:

2nd Place 30-34 Women: Lindsey Gerkens

Run Relay:

9th Place Open Men: Mo Peacock, Jordan Peacock, Hunter Hay, Tyler George

Board Rescue Race:

12th Place Open Men: Hunter Hay, Zach Sowers

13th Place Open Men: Barrett Phiffer, Sawyer Dove


WBOR Wins 2015 South Atlantic Lifeguard Competition

Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue (WBOR) outscored all the other teams in the United States Lifeguard Association (USLA) South Atlantic Region for the third year in a row, taking home the first place trophy. WBOR guards competed against lifeguards from Jacksonville Beach, FL, Charleston, SC, Virginia Beach, VA, Horry County, SC, Hilton Head, SC, Nags Head, NC, Carolina Beach, NC, and Kure Beach, NC in two days of beach and ocean races that simulated rescues and tested the professional skills that lifeguards use on the beach every day while on duty. See Photos


Highlights from the competition included first place finishes in open events for Wrightsville Beach including:

1st- Landline Race: Steve Conrad, Hunter Hay, Mo Peacock, and Lindsey Gerkens

1st- Mens’ Surf Swim: Matthew Wistoff

1st- Mens’ Run-Swim-Run: Matthew Wistoff

1st- Mens’ Rescue Race: Alex Labonge, Sawyer Dove, Josh Drew, Kyle Miess

1st- Womens’ Rescue Race: Cat Gargula, Thalia Harrison, Kathy Yarbrough, Sidney Corn

1st- Mens’ 4×100 Beach Relay: Mo Peacock, Brendan Doyle, Tyler George, Kyle Miess

1st- Mens’ Surf Ski- Hunter Hay

1st- Mens’ Board Rescue Race- Sawyer Dove, Barrett Phifer

1st- International Ironwoman- Lindsey Gerkens

1st- Mens’ Beach Flags- Mo Peacock

1st- Mens’ Taplin Relay- Hunter Hay (ski), Sawyer Dove (swim), Barrett Phifer (board), Kyle Miess (run)

1st- Womens’ Taplin Relay- Kathy Yarbrough (ski), Cat Gargula (swim), Lindsey Gerkens (board), Mary Bojarksi (run)

IMG_2697aWrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue benefits from its guards many years of experience on the beach saving lives and in competition and as a result also scored well in the 30 and over age group events. Highlights included first places finishes by Brendan Doyle, Lindsey Gerkens, Barrett Phifer, Sean Ruttkay, Henry Singletary, Kristen Smith Jeno. See Full Results.

The team is now preparing to take on the rest of the nation at the National Lifeguard Championships in Daytona Beach, Fl August 6-8th. Find out how you can help support the team!

Regionals Comes to Carolina Beach

This summer, the South Atlantic Regional Lifesaving tournament will be held in Carolina Beach, NC. Come out to Hamlet Ave in Carolina Beach Wednesday, July 15th (12pm-6pm), and Thursday, July 16th (8am-6pm) to watch your local Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, and Kure Beach lifeguards take on teams from Virginia to Florida in ocean and beach races. These races highlight the skills and athleticism of these ocean rescue athletes. Wrightsville Beach has been undefeated the past two years at the annual tournament and WBOR guards have been training hard all year to defend their title! Come cheer them on and visit our Friends Of WBOR page to learn more about how you can support the team. Here’s a sneak preview of just a few of the exciting events you will see your local guards competing in:

Landline Rescue Race

Landline Rescue Race

Surfski Race

Surfski Race



Surf Swim

Surf Swim

Rescue Board Race

Rescue Board Race

Rescue Race

Rescue Race

Rescue Race

Rescue Race

Beach Flags

Beach Flags

Beach Relay

Beach Relay

Jr. Lifeguard Program Starting Summer 2015

jrguard3Get your kids outdoors this summer and keep them active and healthy!

The Town of Wrightsville Beach Parks and Recreation Department and Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue are partnering up to offer an official Wrightsville Beach Junior Lifeguard program this summer. Kids and teens ages 9-17 are invited to become Wrightsville Beach Junior Lifeguards and receive instruction and training in ocean safety, rescue techniques, and physical fitness from experienced and professional Wrightsville Beach Lifeguards. At the completion of the program, Jr. Guards will have the opportunity to “guard” a lifeguard stand with a Wrightsville Beach Lifeguard mentor. The program will run July 20-24th, 2015. All applicants must be strong swimmers. See complete details on our Junior Lifeguard page. Sign up early as space is extremely limited!