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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 pierChicahaukPelican watchApache pierAtlantic beachAvon pierApache pierK o aApache pierApache pierApache pierApache pierBeauregardApache pierApache pierApache pierApache pier
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Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
1.5

SSW
1.3

SSW
1.6

S
1.7

SSW
1.6

SW
1.0

SW
0.8

SW
0.4

SE
1.0

N
0.6

SSW
0.3

SE
0.4

SE
0.5

SE
0.7

SSE
0.4

SE
0.4

SE
0.4

SE
0.7

SSW
Period(s) (?)67777776651010999885
Energy(?)160163243320227102601060161432417127181825
Wind
(km/h)
20 SW20
20 WSW20
25 WSW25
25 W25
20 NW20
20 NW20
15 NW15
10 SSW10
10 NE10
5 WNW5
15 SSE15
15 SSE15
20 W20
10 WSW10
15 SSW15
15 SW15
15 WSW15
20 SSW20
Wind State(?)cross-
off
cross-
off
offoffoffcross-
off
cross-
off
crosscross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
on
crosscross-
off
cross
High Tide
/ height (m)
9:48PM
1.04
12:59PM
0.18

12:29AM
0.96
11:20AM
1.03

1:08AM
0.92
11:51AM
1.02

12:17AM
1.31
12:55PM
1.03

1:01AM
1.23

3:00PM
0.77
1:37AM
1.27

5:18PM
0.19
Low Tide
/ height (m)
4:30AM
0.00
7:26AM
0.01
4:12PM
0.07

5:21AM
0.06
4:45PM
0.13

5:51AM
0.10
5:49PM
0.26

6:44AM
0.12
6:34PM
0.23

9:32AM
0.16


9:01AM
0.09

thunderstorm
clear
clear
thunderstorm
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
thunderstorm
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
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Summary
risk thund- derclearclearrisk thund- derclearclearclearclearclearrisk thund- dersome cloudssome cloudsrain shwrsclearclearclearclearclear
Rain (mm)
1--5-----3--1-----
High °C
273029292729272722292627273032303133
Low °C
262628252528242522242527252531272732
Chill °C (?)
273029292729272722292627273032303133
Sunrise
-6:03--6:03--6:03--6:05--6:01--6:05-
Sunset
--8:22--8:22--8:20--8:29--8:29--8:29
Swell1 (m) & direction
0.2

ESE
0.3

SE
0.8

S
0.1

SE
1.0

SSW
1.0

SW
0.8

SW
0.4

SE
0.8

NNE
0.6

SSW
0.3

SE
0.4

SE
0.5

SE
0.7

SSE
0.4

SE
0.4

SE
0.4

SE
0.4

SE
Period (s)87797776551010999888
Swell2 (m) & direction
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-
0.1

E

-
0.1

SE
0.1

SE
0.4

SSE
0.3

SSW
0.6

S
0.3

SE
0.2

SSW
0.1

E
0.4

SE

-
0.1

SE
0.1

E

-

-
Period (s)--10-7107666564-44--
Wind waves (m) & direction
1.5

SSW
1.3

SSW
1.6

S
1.7

SSW
1.6

SW
0.8

NW

-

-
1.0

N

-
0.6

ESE
0.4

SE
0.4

SW
0.6

SSW
0.4

SW
0.7

SW
0.6

SSW
0.7

SSW
Period (s)677774--6-44343445


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.