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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
Ocean isle beach pierApache pierPelican watchMason s inletAvon pierAvon pierAvon pierAvon pierAvon pierAtlantic beachK o aApache pierK o aLaundromatsK o aK o aK o aApache pier
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Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
2.1

SE
2.5

SSE
2.1

SSE
3.0

S
2.5

S
2.1

S
1.4

SE
1.1

SE
0.9

SE
0.7

SE
0.9

NNE
0.4

SE
2.1

N
1.3

NNE
1.5

NNE
1.0

NNE
0.8

NNE
0.3

SE
Period(s) (?)789999988888878778
Energy(?)4401032700114312127102681801156410523518167277966110
Wind
(km/h)
20 ESE20
15 SSE15
20 SSW20
20 WNW20
30 W30
20 WSW20
25 WSW25
30 WSW30
25 WNW25
15 NW15
20 WSW20
10 N10
30 NNW30
20 NNW20
15 NNW15
5 NW5
10 SSW10
10 ENE10
Wind State(?)crossoncross-
off
offoffcross-
off
offoffoffcross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
on
High Tide
/ height (m)
12:06PM
1.24
1:43PM
0.85
2:07AM
0.77


1:53AM
1.09

1:35PM
0.76
2:44AM
1.07

2:32PM
0.74

4:56AM
0.89
3:27PM
0.74

6:44AM
0.25
4:19PM
0.74

Low Tide
/ height (m)


8:46PM
0.21
8:57AM
0.27

7:26PM
0.15
9:57AM
0.27

8:53PM
0.14
8:50AM
0.20

11:09PM
-0.00
11:58AM
0.19

9:38PM
-0.03
1:00PM
-0.00

1:07AM
-0.04
heavy rain
heavy rain
heavy rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
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clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
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clear
partially cloudy
Summary
heavy rainheavy rainheavy rainrain shwrsrain shwrsrain shwrsclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearsome clouds
Rain (mm)
187070366------------
High °C
1920221918151314131312143446815
Low °C
19202017171413148101262344713
Chill °C (?)
192022191713111211121013-2006514
Sunrise
7:09--7:09--7:03--7:07--7:05--7:05--
Sunset
-5:07--4:50--4:51--4:51--4:50--4:51-
Swell1 (m) & direction
0.2

ENE
2.2

SSE
0.1

E
2.2

S
2.5

S
2.1

S
1.4

SE
1.1

SE
0.9

SE
0.7

SE
0.9

NNE
0.4

SE
0.4

SE
0.2

ESE
0.3

SE
1.0

NNE
0.8

NNE
0.3

SE
Period (s)8812899988888899778
Swell2 (m) & direction
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-
0.1

E
0.2

ENE
0.3

NE
0.3

ENE
0.4

NE
0.5

NE
0.9

SSW
0.5

SW
0.7

SE
0.1

E
0.1

SW
0.1

SW

-
0.3

SE
0.3

SE
0.2

ENE
Period (s)--121071488768855-1094
Wind waves (m) & direction
2.1

SE
2.5

SSE
2.1

SSE
3.0

S

-

-
1.0

SW
1.3

SW
0.6

WNW
0.4

NW
0.6

SW
0.3

WNW
2.1

N
1.3

NNE
1.5

NNE

-

-
0.4

ESE
Period (s)7899--874363878--4


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.