UNCW students enjoy Beach Blast before classes start Wednesday

UNCW students crowd Wrightsville Beach for the annual Beach Blast celebration on Aug. 20, 2019. (Photo: Cari Fiallo/WWAY)

WRIGHSTVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Hundreds of Seahawks flocked to Wrightsville Beach today on the last day before the fall semester starts tomorrow.

UNCW students took part in the annual Beach Blast.

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The popular event draws more than 4,000 students to the beach and is known for helping students make friends, learn about clubs, Greek life and other resources the university offers.

“If you think about it, we’re the only campus that I’m aware of that takes all our students to the beach the day before classes begin,” Jon Kapell, the Campus Activities and Involvement Center Director, said. “Being a coastal community and near a beach, we’ve got great resources, so why not show it off to our students?”

Kapell says the tradition dates back well before he started his role with the school 14 years ago.

WWAY and the Cape Fear CW partnered with the university on this year’s event.

Once the celebration wraps, volunteers take part in the official beach sweep to pick up trash along Wrightsville Beach.