Sharing aloha over oysters

by Cole Dittmer
Wednesday, December 4, 2013

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Tony Walker and his father, Herb Walker, dump steamed oysters onto a table at the Wrightsville Beach Longboard Association’s annual oyster roast on Dec. 1, 2012, at the  Wilmington Light Infantry Club.

Once again it is time for the annual Wrightsville Beach Longboard Association oyster roast and WBLA vice president John Sideris said the club’s winter event is a time for friends and oysters. 

“Everyone comes over and we dig in to those seaside delights,” Sideris said. “It is kind of like a family atmosphere, we just provide the main course.”

The event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 6-10 p.m. at the Wilmington Light Infantry Beach Club on Channel Avenue in Wrightsville Beach. 

Tickets are $20 and Sideris said more than 100 of the total 150 tickets have sold so far. Aside from the 11 bushels of local oysters ordered for the evening, ticket sales will also be used to raise funds for a local family or person in need. 

“Last year we donated $400 to a mother with two children whose husband had passed away,” Sideris said. “We try to do it every year to make someone’s holiday season a little easier, because although it is a great season for some, it is not so great for others.”

There are currently five candidates to receive the donation, Sideris said, adding that the WBLA board will vote on whom to donate to. 

During the event, the WBLA will also be collecting canned goods for local food kitchens and items that will be sent to surfers actively serving overseas in the military. Sideris said the club has already collected a case of surfing magazines to send along with other luxury items.

The annual oyster roast usually raises around $1,000 for the WBLA but Sideris said the club is hoping to double that total this year. Giveaways for the evening will include a surfboard from Savage Classic Longboards. 

Tickets can be purchased at Sidearm Surf and Skate or online at


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