Wade Hampton “Buddy” Pelletier of Morehead City was by all accounts Carteret County’s all-time greatest surfer. On the professional surfing circuit he won 5 National Championships and coached 5 National Championships. He was inducted into the Surfing Hall of Fame in 2000.
… As Buddy faded physically, his mind and soul remained sharp and focused. He confided in his sisters that he wanted his legacy to be there as help for kids and surfers who needed assistance for scholarships, medical aid and something to foster kids into the healthy lifestyle of surfing … Since 1995 The Buddy Pelletier Foundation has been supporting the educational and humanitarian needs of North Carolina’s East Coast surfing community and its youth.