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Many say they know about Wrightsville Beach because of surfing. (Photo: Helen Holt/WWAY)

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — What many say help put Wrightsville Beach on the map was surfing. Even once named as one of the 20 best surf towns in the world by the National Geographic.

Surfing dates back the early 1900s in this coastal town.

Surf contests held every year include the Sweetwater Pro/AM and the Wahine Surf Classic.

While southeastern NC is not known for big waves, unless there is a hurricane swell, some surfers have gone on to have career in the professional surfing industry.

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