| November 28, 2017
Student Guest Column:
Surf’s Up: New Surf Team forms at CHSS
BY CARLEY MARTIN
Outer Banks is known as one of the top surfing destinations on the East
Coast, so it may be surprising that this is the first year that Cape
Hatteras Secondary School has had a surf team.
35 students have already joined the surf club this year, which includes 25 high school and 10 middle school participants.
Mr. Tiderman, surf club sponsor, started surfing at a young age. Mr.
Tiderman taught surf lessons for two years before he moved to the Outer
Banks to work at Cape Hatteras as a high school science teacher. He has
had a strong background in surfing since his youth when he lived in
Florida. His passion began to further when he moved to Wilmington to
attend the University of North Carolina Wilmington where he earned his
degree in Marine Biology.
I had the chance to sit down with Mr. Clayton Tiderman to talk about
future goals with the new surf team. One of the biggest competitions
that the team would like to compete in is the National Scholastic
Surfing Association (NSSA.) The NSSA is a nonprofit organization that
encourages surfers with interest in the sport to learn and develop the
skills of surfing while competing in quality events.
Alongside of these competitions, Mr. Tiderman would also like to
encourage other local schools to start a surf team and compete against
The team is open to any student that would like to join, even those
with little surfing experience. We hope to watch this growing program
turn into something incredible.
Note: The Island Free Press is delighted to be working
with journalism students and writers from CHSS this year, and will be
posting their work in our Commentary & Guest Columns page as they
continue to grow into exceptional journalists.