Adventure Guide, Surf City, NC

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Ready to get outdoors, feel the sun on your face, and make memories with your family and friends? Don’t go without checking out our adventure guide and stocking up on supplies here at East Coast Sports first. Below, we’ve put together an adventure guide that outlines some fun, family friendly activities that are popular here in our quiet beach town.
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Water Tubing

Equally thrilling and unforgettable, water tubing is for the adrenaline junkie. Hook up a tube to the back of your boat, and your rider will speed across the water until you either stop or they fall. Pick up your tubes at our store before you head out! And after you’ve worn your kids out tubing, take them to nearby Soundside Park for a picnic or fun on the playground.

Water Skiing
Another great boating activity, water skiing is a classic form of fun that takes balance and a little bit of practice. We have skis of all sizes, so grab a pair for your kids or a new pair for yourself at our store.
Fishing
Take your boat out and find your next catch! We sell fishing licenses and also know several local, trustworthy fishing captains in the area if you’re interested in booking a fishing charter.
Boating

Sail by Surf City Pier, enjoy the beautiful water below you, and try your hand at fishing. Whatever way you plan to spend your next boating adventure, make sure you have the right lifejackets – we sell child and adult lifejackets, so everyone in your family can stay safe.

Swimming

Topsail Island is a favorite beach spot in our area. Grab your beach umbrella, a cooler of drinks, and your towels and spend the day swimming in the ocean or lounging on the sand.

Paddle Boarding
Paddle boarding is all the rage right now, and the water here in Surf City is gentle enough to take out a paddle board and cruise around. We sell paddleboards if you’re ready to try out this popular watersport.

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Testimonial

“This is a fantastic place. It has everything you need for a day’s fishing or a day just full of adventures. The staff was very helpful and went above and beyond with customer service. Excellent place; will return again.”

★★★★★ Richard P.

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Services We Offer

Sporting Goods

Sporting Goods

We have all the sporting goods and gear you need to go out and have a good time.
Outdoor Apparel

Outdoor Apparel

Enjoy the outdoors properly when wearing the best in outdoor apparel from our store.
Equipment Rentals

Equipment Rentals

Get the most out of your stay with our great equipment rentals!

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Start Your Adventure at East Coast Sports!

As you can see, there’s no shortage of things to do here in Surf City, North Carolina! We can answer any questions about our adventure guide and give you more ideas of fun things to do in the area when you stop by our store.

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Why Choose East Coast Sports?

We are here to help you with whatever type of sport or adventure you are interested in trying in the area. We help anglers find a great fishing charter, set them up with fishing licenses, and even help with the bait and tackle. If you are looking for an adventure on the beach, we have kayak rentals, surfboard rentals, and even bike rentals to help you make the most of your seaside time. if you need the right apparel or gear to make the most of your day, we have what you are looking for!

See what some of our satisfied clients are saying about our sporting goods store.

 
Best tackle shop in the area! If they don't carry it, you probably don't need it. East Coast also has a great outdoor clothing and a boating section with various trailer parts, hubs, safety equipment and the like. Great family owned store.
Allen Jernigan
Allen Jernigan
21:27 04 Oct 22
Love the place. Visit and shop every trip to the island.
Ricky Murphy
Ricky Murphy
17:33 24 Sep 22
Overpriced but nice staff and great selection
Up And Outdoors
Up And Outdoors
03:25 05 Sep 22
Went there and loved it bought a new penn real for my wife also give a military discount love this store will be back next year when were on vacation
Curtis Dotson
Curtis Dotson
11:53 02 Sep 22
Nice place good selection of fishing needs
Kenneth Dunn
Kenneth Dunn
15:50 22 Aug 22
Sully is the man. Hooked up me up with all the fishing gear and everything I needed to know.
Tony Sabato
Tony Sabato
17:56 13 Aug 22
Great store. Lots of options and prices are good.
Jennifer Bryant
Jennifer Bryant
23:10 10 Aug 22
Every summer we come here and the service is stellar. Knowledgeable staff that’s always looking to work with you. Been attending to our fishing needs for 4 years now. Solid (+ family run business)!
Kevin DiPalma
Kevin DiPalma
00:04 08 Aug 22
great selection of everything
ryan heisler
ryan heisler
22:06 07 Aug 22
I’ve been vacationing in NTB for the last 10+ years and every year I make it a point to buy a new pair of glasses at East Coast Sports! This year Sully and Lucas were extremely welcoming and helpful. I highly recommend shopping at East Coast Sports!
Mike Rebant
Mike Rebant
23:04 02 Aug 22
Crowded but its because its a really nice shop. Has everything and the service was fast.
Ryan C
Ryan C
23:18 25 Jul 22
We’re from out of town & when we got home from vacation our puppy promptly ate our toddlers favorite stuffed turtle that we’d gotten from East Coast. Charlie at East Coast Sports just went above and beyond over the phone to help me track down and purchase a replacement of the exact one. Thanks Charlie!
Marsha Smith
Marsha Smith
16:00 07 Jul 22
Great selection ! Check it out !
Scott Gardner
Scott Gardner
13:10 06 Jun 22
Absolutely love this store!! It’s my go to place for all my beach and surf fishing needs. The store is super nice and they have so much stuff that you could easily spend several hours looking and shopping. Tons of high end and name brand equipment. Super friendly staff. Picked up some surf rod holders and some Boston mackerel bait this time and hooked up to some nice fish in the surf. Highly recommend visiting east coast sports every time you’re in town!
Chris Dutton
Chris Dutton
16:42 05 Jun 22
The best tackle shop in Surf City
Steven Mahala
Steven Mahala
10:18 31 May 22
The people that work there were very helpful and knew what to get. They were very polite and answered so my questions and I got my NC fishing license through them very easy, they also helped with my bait and didn't try to oversell me. As someone who knows fishing I waited to get the gambit of things, but they didn't they just told me what was working and no pressure. I appreciate that!!
Mitch Constant
Mitch Constant
01:18 31 May 22
Aug 2021: Huge selection of fishing equipment, clothes, rentals, and bait. The name outside the building is "East Coast Sports" not "Fishing Bait and Tackle"
Ron DesGroseilliers
Ron DesGroseilliers
17:24 30 May 22
Made it to Surf City without my surf rod or reel, so I decided I needed to grab one. I spotted this place coming over and decided to see what they had. I came in knowing a couple choices of very specific rod and reel combos I wanted. We couldn't find the rod I wanted but the manager helped me find something very similar in the $60-70 price range. They did however have the reel I was looking for so I got that and he put line on it for me. He put both mono and braided line with a shock leader as well, for cheap. The price for the reel was even better than I had found on Amazon, which is rare at retail stores. Very satisfied customer.
Winchester Stewart
Winchester Stewart
19:22 28 May 22
Great staff and selection of gear!
edward cloninger
edward cloninger
23:59 23 Apr 22
Hubby visited this shop and said the guy working there was super helpful.
Jen
Jen
02:58 23 Apr 22
East Coast Sports is absolutely worth the stop. They have a little bit of everything... great for the sportsman AND entire family. Definitely shop upstairs too... there's so much to see!
Alexi Derstine
Alexi Derstine
16:39 14 Apr 22
Don and Jerry know there stuff about fishing and the gear
Jamie Gammons
Jamie Gammons
15:52 08 Apr 22
Always best prices
Justin
Justin
09:45 28 Mar 22
I went there to get some mono backing and braid on a couple Penn reels I had, and customer service was awesome! They have absolutely everything you could ever think of for your fishing needs. Prices were great. I end up buying a whole new setup with a Penn 9 ft rod and a daiwa 5000 reel that I also got mono backing and braid on. They have everything from fish gum to spoons to nets. You name it they got it. Definitely a great spot to get all your fishing gear. Every time I get out near topsail, I will have to stop in just to make sure I got everything I need. This place is awesome!
Jon H.
Jon H.
18:45 18 Mar 22
I love this place! The staff are so helpful and even give recommendations and it doesnt feel like your being upsaled. I would absolutely recomend to anyone intrested in coastal sporting!
Brassai Mustin
Brassai Mustin
01:08 02 Feb 22
Lots of things
Judith Griffin
Judith Griffin
15:14 02 Jan 22
Really impressed with the selection of tackle and equipment East Coast offers. From the selection that they offer, you can tell that they are employees are very knowledgeable fisherman. They have the good stuff! Past the tackle and equipment, the service here is amazing. Jerry and Chuck have been hugely helpful in turning me into a speckled trout fisherman — I really appreciate it guys 👌🏼
Nicholas Dixon
Nicholas Dixon
21:10 19 Dec 21
Great service..Has experienced employees from fishing to boating to apparel
Don Butler
Don Butler
00:30 25 Nov 21
Best bait and tackle store I've ever been to.
MrStinkie123
MrStinkie123
09:50 22 Nov 21
Great provisions and quality sport ware!
Robert Williams, Jr.
Robert Williams, Jr.
21:06 18 Nov 21
Never been inside just passed by
Kanha Boutavong
Kanha Boutavong
21:22 02 Nov 21
Stop in here for all your fishing needs.
James Green
James Green
19:42 12 Oct 21
Everything in one place
Duane Phillips
Duane Phillips
10:12 10 Oct 21
Huge selection of beach stuff and fishing/boating gear. And they sell salsa too!
Jeremiah Anglin
Jeremiah Anglin
13:45 06 Oct 21
Nice place! Tons of great fishing equipment ☺️😃👍
Linda Rice
Linda Rice
01:13 06 Oct 21
This is a fantastic place has everything you need for a day's fishing or a day just full of adventures the staff was very helpful and went above and beyond with customer service excellent place will return again
Richard Parks
Richard Parks
09:04 27 Sep 21
Great and helpful staff!
Emily Duda
Emily Duda
01:12 26 Sep 21
Very helpful staff. Found exactly what we were looking for at a very reasonable price.
Erica Butler
Erica Butler
18:16 22 Sep 21
Was an excellent place to shop!!!
Linda Seamans (Linda)
Linda Seamans (Linda)
02:25 19 Sep 21
My tackle shop!
Herb Blake
Herb Blake
12:44 12 Sep 21
They have anything you would need for fishing.
Joseph Wismann
Joseph Wismann
20:20 26 Aug 21
Anything you need to fish. Great selection and fair prices.
K Sal
K Sal
11:21 24 Aug 21
Great store!
John Newsome
John Newsome
04:22 09 Aug 21
Great variety of outdoor apparel and sporting goods.
Jason Goldmith
Jason Goldmith
23:36 07 Aug 21
These guys live for what they do. Their knowledge was awesome. So helpful on everything we asked.
Christopher Reilly
Christopher Reilly
14:00 06 Aug 21
Thank you Sully and Doug! You guys (and a few other staff and store guests) saved the day for us. We came by in the spring after my clumsy son dropped his friend's expensive fishing pole in the sound. Although we retrieved it, the reel was caked in mud. You guys helped us salvage what was almost a completely ruined fishing pole/reel. As my son and I had no fishing knowledge, we really appreciated being treated with genuine kindness, patience, understanding and that you shared so much of your experience and knowledge to help us! I can't thank you enough. In addition to appreciating the service of going above and beyond for us, we love your shop and the huge selection of products with everything we needed! My son now loves fishing, so we look forward to seeing y'all again soon when we bring him back to Topsail 🙂
Jennifer Schrage
Jennifer Schrage
18:01 01 Aug 21
Has some pretty good deals on rods
Dave Brown
Dave Brown
23:47 31 Jul 21
Excellent customer service, selection and reasonably priced. Great local fishing knowledge for new and experienced fishermen. My go to store when on Topsail Island.
Cian Robinson
Cian Robinson
19:28 19 Jul 21
Great store! Jerry is the man. Super helpful and got me set up with everything I needed to take the kids fishing in about 10 minutes. Go here for sure and talk with Jerry!
raymond kredell
raymond kredell
14:18 13 Jul 21
Has about anything you need to go fishing. They have boat stuff and some nice clothes
Gary Macon
Gary Macon
04:02 06 Jul 21
Stocked.
Leland Holland
Leland Holland
21:23 05 Jul 21
Very, very, VERY wide selection of fishing gear and beach wear. Prices are reasonable.
JasL73
JasL73
14:49 29 Jun 21
Retired military get discount. Good assortment of stuff.
David Everette
David Everette
17:07 28 Jun 21
I love this place! The owner is an amazing man with a wonderful family. This place will have ALL your fishing needs!!
Melissa Klinge
Melissa Klinge
00:23 28 Jun 21
If you need absolutely anything for fishing this is the place!
vicente richey
vicente richey
22:09 27 Jun 21
Love this place....
P. Michael Atkins
P. Michael Atkins
15:54 23 Jun 21
Selection of almost any sporting needs you would have while down on the coast.
Greg Myers
Greg Myers
22:26 18 Jun 21
Shout out to Sully and the fine staff at East Coast Sports in Surf City, NC!! Over the past two days, they have equipped me with all the basics I will need for successful Pier Fishing. Staff is knowledgeable, friendly, and extremely helpful with questions from a complete beginner like myself!!
Shihan68
Shihan68
20:40 15 Jun 21
Everything you need for fishing. From economical rod and reel combos to high end rods and reels. They have bait, all kinds of tackle ( inshore and offshore). Clean store. Like a candy land for fishermen.
Donald Beale
Donald Beale
23:03 11 Jun 21
They employed my stepson and I promoting there business and our digital billboard business to erect one huge flat screen TV and 2 - 43" TV's. Very nice people. Also got to meet the owner whom is the mayor of surf City
Sean Wheeler
Sean Wheeler
08:09 08 Jun 21
Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Probably easiest place on island to get fishing license. Good bait selection and decent prices
Daniel Moore
Daniel Moore
16:45 18 May 21
They have the complete selection of anything you need.
Hank
Hank
17:08 16 May 21
Walked in like Zsa Zsa Gabor on Green Acres hoping to go [email protected] was fantastic. Helped me pick out a fishing pole, the right hooks, taught us how to tie knots in the fishing line. Thank you!!East Coast Sports has everything you need. Got our Fishing licenses there too!Great service. Great store. Great time.
Tina P More
Tina P More
21:28 06 May 21
Decently stocked tackle shop. Very knowledgeable staff. They had everything from UL rods, to surf and deep sea rods. Don't forget to ask about the cash discount!
Grayson Dameron
Grayson Dameron
17:46 20 Apr 21
It was new and had a huge selection. Also had great customer service! Definitely recommend
Ava G
Ava G
19:37 06 Apr 21
Worked with Jerry to get set up for surf fishing while on vacation. He was great! Very knowledgeable. Thanks for the help!!!
Eric Whyne
Eric Whyne
09:36 29 Mar 21
Jerry was the best and his customer service was 100%
Ryans Automotive
Ryans Automotive
00:44 28 Mar 21
Very friendly, and knowledgeable.
barbara chester
barbara chester
18:11 16 Mar 21
Great customer service
Jeff Phillips
Jeff Phillips
12:53 23 Jan 21
LOCAL OWNED AND OPERATED Biggest selection of offshore and inshore fishing equipment on the island. Tons of great clothes and souvenirs. The helpful staff are knowledgeable and eager to help. Some of the staff even fish the local waters multiple days a week so they have their "finger on the pulse" of whats biting around the island. Stop in and check them out.
Jerry Brooks
Jerry Brooks
14:29 11 Jan 21
Nice little shop to stop in at and see the local equipment.
Aj Phillips
Aj Phillips
00:20 22 Nov 20
Great friendly knowable service. Large assortment, you should be able to find everything in one stop.
Sean Lombardi
Sean Lombardi
12:53 11 Nov 20
Super friendly and helpful, ask for Don
Todd Butler
Todd Butler
23:31 02 Nov 20
Great shop, friendly staff. Had several lures i had not seen in the big box stores.
Jimmy McCoy
Jimmy McCoy
18:09 01 Nov 20
Great prices
Larry Miller
Larry Miller
14:02 28 Oct 20
Purchased a cart for surf fishing. Staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. Even held the cart for me until I could empty my truck to make room and come back later. Very nice, clean, well stocked store. Will visit any time I'm in the area.
Mike Treadaway
Mike Treadaway
22:28 19 Oct 20
More stuff and more organized since the reopening. Knowledgeable and helpful staff.due to shortages they're having trouble getting some stuff in.
Bill P
Bill P
22:05 12 Oct 20
The guys at East coast helped us out and are very kind
Ljb Bond
Ljb Bond
18:24 11 Oct 20
Great selection & great customer sevice !!! 5 thumbs up !
Pati Gulat
Pati Gulat
18:19 10 Oct 20
This place was a great value. Gavin was awesome and very knowledgeable. Will definitely be my go to.
Billy Spegal
Billy Spegal
01:54 06 Oct 20
Awesome and friendly place, they have prefect sized fresh finger mullet.
Alivash Dragore
Alivash Dragore
22:40 03 Oct 20
Good service and great people to deal with.
John Church
John Church
03:44 30 Sep 20
I have been a customer for almost 30 years. Chris and Doug keep a great friendly staff. They have all the tackle and gear you need. My wife can shop for clothes and shoes so the entire family is covered. The new layout is the best yet. Will continue to shop here every time I am in the area.
Don Melcher
Don Melcher
21:45 25 Sep 20
Great place to shop with a little of everything you need to get on the water. The employees helped set me up and I was catching fish in no time.
Bradley Singleton
Bradley Singleton
20:06 16 Sep 20
The gentleman there were very kind and professional. They know what they are talking about and helped me tremendously.
Sully Barnes
Sully Barnes
20:01 16 Sep 20
A bit of everything you'll need
Jeff Wenzel
Jeff Wenzel
00:44 07 Sep 20
Good selection and fast service.
Logan Maples
Logan Maples
13:24 31 Aug 20
Nice place to shop.. good staff..
Linda Cashwell
Linda Cashwell
03:24 25 Aug 20
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