Tuesday, May 13, 2014

First Place - Men's Long Board Competition

I took first place this past weekend at Ocean Isle Beach surfing Sonburst contest. Beautiful day for surfing. Lots of friends out and, well what can I say, nice trophy. ;)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Learn to surf on your vacation here at Sunset Beach

Hello from Sunset Beach. I'm taking reservations for this summer. Please give me a call and let us discuss what you would like to accomplish during your stay. Looking forward to meeting you.

Tom Allen

Oh, and I couldn't resist posting just one picture of me:

Monday, April 7, 2014

Shore Birds

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IMPORTANT Please Read and Help Protect Shore Birds - I'm not asking for money

The East end of Sunset Beach has, for years, been blocked off during bird breeding season, April to August/September. This year the owners are demanding that we no long post signs to warn people of nesting birds. There are not enough nasty thoughts to express their stupid demand but be that as it may, the signs will be removed, by the same volunteers that put them up.

The East end is a very unique nesting area. Shore birds need the open landscape to see predictors. They do not nest in the duns, too easy for predators to sneak up on birds.

Please do walk on tidal areas only. 
Please do not allow your dog to walk into that area.

That's all we ask, just some little help to save nesting shore birds.

If you have any questions, please email me at


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Rip Currents At Our Local Beaches

This year, four people died from rip currents at Brunswick beaches. Rip currents are not new, just that it can catch people off guard. Here is a short video to help explain what they are and what to do. 


Monday, August 19, 2013

Monday, August 5, 2013

Rip Current Rescue

Yesterday,  I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time to rescued a little kid who was headed out to sea in a rip current. No one saw what was happening. I was about 100 feet from the kid and paddled like hell to reach him. He grab him, pulled him up on my surfboard and swam along side to shore.  I was giving a surf lesson at 13th. Street, Sunset Beach.

Rip tides can be seen or not. Best to not venture out too far unless the surf is really flat. The surf conditions were deceiving today. Waves were about 2 to maybe 3 foot, nothing big. But the incoming tide and increasing wave size, along with wind conditions, along with very shallow sand bars combined to create a deadly current.

Just because you do not see a rip, if you're feeling current trying to move you down the beach, that is enough warning to not go out too far.