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North Carolina Surf

Detailed North Carolina surf forecast maps and the latest eyeball surf report from local surfers in the region. Near-shore swell is shown on the map together with the surf forecast rating for spots in North Carolina. Find the best places to surf in offshore conditions by selecting the wind option on the forecast map. Windsurfers and kite surfers can also use this option to find more favorable cross-shore conditions in North Carolina. Our local Wavefinder indicates where some of the best conditions are likely to be found in North Carolina over the next 7 days. Surf photos from North Carolina and reviews of the best spots and surfing conditions have been provided by local surfers.

North Carolina Surf Forecast

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North Carolina Surf Forecast map for predicting the best wave and wind conditions across the region. For surfers, the map shows the most powerful swell tracking across near-shore open water and not the peak waves experienced by boats out at sea. Move your mouse over the ocean swell symbols or the surf breaks on the coastline to see a more detailed surf forecast including wave period and wind conditions. The forecast updates every 6 hours and most live weather reports update every hour. You can animate the North Carolina Surf map or show live wind and wave conditions as reported from wavebuoys and local weather stations. Surf breaks shown along the North Carolina coastline are also listed below.

North Carolina Photos

North Carolina Wavefinder

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Best forecast wave conditions in North Carolina
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1
1
1
1
2
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
2
2
2
1
Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
0.8

SSW
1.0

SSW
1.0

S
1.1

SSW
1.0

S
1.2

SSW
1.3

SW
0.7

S
0.7

SSW
0.5

SE
1.0

E
1.0

ESE
1.2

ESE
0.6

ESE
1.0

ESE
1.1

SE
0.9

SE
1.0

SSE
Period(s) (?)556665655755667786
Energy(?)26477369767311127252342461032510812310177
Wind
(km/h)
15 SW15
25 S25
15 SW15
15 WSW15
15 WSW15
15 WSW15
10 WNW10
10 S10
10 SW10
25 ENE25
20 ESE20
20 ESE20
15 SE15
20 SE20
5 SSW5
15 SW15
20 SSW20
15 SSW15
Wind State(?)crosscross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
on
crosscross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
oncross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
High Tide
/ height (m)

6:56PM
0.99

7:03AM
0.84
7:45PM
1.01

6:38AM
0.87
7:03PM
1.20

7:23AM
0.88
7:39PM
1.54

8:05AM
0.89

8:02PM
1.20
10:00AM
0.80

8:35PM
1.02
Low Tide
/ height (m)
1:00PM
-0.00

1:40AM
0.10
1:48PM
-0.01

12:52AM
0.06
12:33PM
0.04

1:20AM
0.07
1:16PM
0.05

2:00AM
0.04
1:56PM
0.06

2:32AM
0.03

4:39PM
0.01
3:13AM
0.02
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rain showers
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Summary
risk thund- derrisk thund- derrisk thund- derrisk thund- derrisk thund- derrain shwrsrisk thund- derrain shwrsrisk thund- derrisk thund- derrisk thund- derrisk thund- derclearclearclearclearrisk thund- derrain shwrs
Rain (mm)
271872122161381----15
High °C
303029313330293331272826262826263029
Low °C
273026293227263229262825252826253024
Chill °C (?)
303029313330293331272826262826263029
Sunrise
6:05--6:01--5:54--6:05--5:56--5:48--
Sunset
-8:29--8:25--8:29--8:29--8:29--8:25-
Swell1 (m) & direction
0.2

ESE
0.2

ESE
0.4

ENE
0.2

ESE
0.7

SSE
0.4

SE
1.0

SSW
0.4

SE
0.4

SE
0.5

S
0.4

SSW
0.2

SSW
0.1

SW
0.4

SE
1.0

ESE
1.1

SE
0.9

SE
0.2

ENE
Period (s)886867676554577789
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.1

SE
0.1

SE

-
0.1

E
0.2

ENE
0.2

ESE
0.4

ESE

-
0.2

ESE
0.1

E
0.4

SW
0.2

SSW
0.1

SW
0.3

SE
0.4

SE

-
0.2

ENE
0.3

NE
Period (s)55-6667-8854599-69
Wind waves (m) & direction
0.8

SSW
1.0

SSW
1.0

S
1.1

SSW
1.0

S
1.2

SSW
1.3

SW
0.7

S
0.7

SSW
0.5

SE
1.0

E
1.0

ESE
1.2

ESE
0.6

ESE

-

-
0.1

S
1.0

SSE
Period (s)55666565575566--46


North Carolina Surf Breaks

Beach break, usually best in September, October, and November. Long flat beaches, great sunrises and sunsets.

This 3 block wide area known as sunskipper is very popular. Lately it has been not as great as usual. However there is almost a guarantee that you will pull into a barrel if not also make it out. At lower tides it will sometimes get kind of heavy and blasttastic. At a higher tide it can get kind of difficult to get in due to the rocks that are used to prevent erosion. Other than that it is a long flat beach facing ESE. Like most of the east coast it gets best during the fall because of hurricanes. Since the sandbar is so shallow so quick it is usually a foot or more bigger than most places in carolina beach and especially wrightsville beach. A couple blocks down is the north end pier with a jetty that is also a very fun place to surf but this is more a a longboard wave.