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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
Apache pierApache pierTopsail islandAvon pierAvon pierApache pierApache pierApache pierCherry grove pierApache pierApache pierApache pierApache pierApache pierApache pierApache pierApache pierApache pier
Rating0
0
1
1
2
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
1.0

SSW
1.1

SSW
1.0

SSW
1.6

SSW
1.4

SSW
0.4

SE
0.6

NE
0.8

E
1.0

E
0.9

E
0.7

E
0.7

E
0.6

E
0.4

SE
0.3

SE
0.4

SE
0.4

SE
0.4

SE
Period(s) (?)45667104465555108899
Energy(?)43556720217026132560432222172311172120
Wind
(km/h)
30 SSW30
20 SW20
15 WSW15
30 SW30
20 WNW20
20 NNE20
15 N15
20 NE20
15 NE15
15 ESE15
15 ENE15
15 NE15
10 SE10
5 ENE5
10 ENE10
15 SE15
5 SSW5
0 SSW0
Wind State(?)cross-
on
crosscross-
off
cross-
off
offcross-
off
cross-
off
crosscross-
off
cross-
on
crosscrossoncrosscrossonglassglass
High Tide
/ height (m)
6:46PM
0.97

6:53AM
0.82
7:33PM
0.99

7:41AM
0.84
6:36PM
1.49

6:49AM
1.16


7:29AM
0.70
7:43PM
0.96

8:51AM
0.71

10:13PM
1.03
10:22AM
0.92
Low Tide
/ height (m)

1:32AM
0.26
1:38PM
0.17

2:20AM
0.22


1:09AM
0.18
12:41PM
0.12
3:09PM
0.11
1:38AM
0.02
1:18PM
0.03

2:10AM
0.01

4:30PM
0.09

5:03AM
0.10
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
clear
thunderstorm
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
rain showers
thunderstorm
clear
clear
clear
Summary
risk thund- derrisk thund- derrisk thund- derclearrisk thund- derclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearrain shwrsrisk thund- derclearclearclear
Rain (mm)
152-4--------11---
High °C
302929272723282624272625282627292727
Low °C
302726272521272322262323282524282626
Chill °C (?)
302929272723282624272625282627292727
Sunrise
--6:35--6:41--6:41--6:43--6:43--6:45
Sunset
7:53--7:42--7:51--7:50--7:49--7:46--
Swell1 (m) & direction
0.2

ESE
0.2

ESE
0.4

SE
0.4

ESE
1.4

SSW
0.5

S
0.4

ENE
0.3

S
0.2

ESE
0.2

ESE
0.2

ESE
0.2

ESE
0.2

ESE
0.4

SE
0.3

SE
0.4

SE
0.4

SE
0.4

SE
Period (s)9810107545996810108899
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.1

SE
0.2

ESE
0.1

NE
0.3

NE
0.4

ESE
0.4

SE
0.4

SSW
0.2

ESE
0.1

S
0.1

S
0.2

ESE
0.1

SE
0.1

SE
0.4

SE
0.1

SE
0.1

SE
0.2

E
0.1

E
Period (s)11108810105105586610101055
Wind waves (m) & direction
1.0

SSW
1.1

SSW
1.0

SSW
1.6

SSW

-
0.6

NNE
0.6

NE
0.8

E
1.0

E
0.9

E
0.7

E
0.7

E
0.6

E
0.4

ESE
0.3

ENE
0.3

E
0.1

S

-
Period (s)4566-444655554455-


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.