Meet the Civelli Family
Rick Civelli’s values have been shaped by God, family, and the ocean. His appreciation and respect for the environment stems from days spent surfing, clamming, and fishing in his youth. A commercial clammer at age 15, the importance of clean water was a life lesson that literally shaped his future. After graduating from UNC-Wilmington with a degree in Environmental Science and later pursuing a Masters in Coastal Geology, Rick carried his love of the ocean around the world, searching for perfect waves.
Jen Civelli’s love of the ocean started while she attended college at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, continuing her studies at the graduate school at San Diego University. Her time spent at school on the coast, learning about the ocean and surfing its waves, fostered her appreciation for the natural beauty around her. She instilled these values in her chemistry students at UNC-Wilmington and Cape Fear Community College for 13 years.
Jen and Rick have made their passion for environmental conservation their shared lifework. Together, they founded and developed WB Surf Camp and Cape Fear Paddleboarding. For the past 20 years they have taught thousands of students of all ages how to surf, inspiring environmental appreciation everywhere they go, from the white sands of Wrightsville Beach to the exotic waters of Costa Rica.
Inspired by her volunteer work with the sea turtles at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital in Topsail Beach, Jen is the founder of Sea Turtle Camp, teaching younger generations about the importance of caring for the ocean and its creatures through hands on serviced based experiential education.
Synthesizing the biggest loves of their lives – family, community, the ocean, and healthy food – these advocates of coastal conservation, and the proud parents of two young boys, started SurfBerry to educate people about the energizing and healing powers of super foods and organic juicing while bringing delicious treats to Wrightsville Beach. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, endurance athlete, health nut, foodie, or an adventure seeker, SurfBerry has something for everyone. The Civellis can’t wait for you to join the SurfBerry family!