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Atlantic Beach break guide

Atlantic Beach Surf Guide

Atlantic Beach in North Carolina is an exposed beach break that only works once in a while Works best in offshore winds from the north. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the south southeast. The beach break provides left and right handers. Good surf at all stages of the tide. A popular wave that can get growded. Crowds may reach hazard levels at this break - consider wearing a lid.

Atlantic Beach Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
15.7°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Atlantic Beach:

The best conditions reported for surf at Atlantic Beach occur when a South-southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Atlantic Beach (for consistent clean waves)?

septemberBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Atlantic Beach with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of September. Clean surfable waves are typically found 30% of the time in September while 42% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 28% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Atlantic Beach Location Map

Interactive Atlantic Beach surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The closest passenger airport to Atlantic Beach is Cherry Point Mcas Airport (NKT) in USA, 26 km (16 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Atlantic Beach is Craven Co Rgnl (New Bern) Airport (EWN), also in USA, 50 km (31 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
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Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
Atlantic Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 5 December 2022, 22:21 Local Time
MonTuesday 06
Wave (m)
Period (s) 12 11 11 11
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
off cross-

Swell History at Atlantic Beach

Surf stats for Atlantic Beach, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Atlantic Beach

Wind stats for Atlantic Beach, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Atlantic Beach Reviews:

Interactive Porthcawl Point location map. View nearby buoy information, live wind conditions and surrounding roads, paths and locations to help find new breaks. Click the buoys or wind icon to view more information.

Based on 2 votes.
  • Overall:Icon  s43.8
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s32.5
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s32.5
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s22.0
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s44.0
  • Crowds:Icon  s33.0
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Will from United States
“I've been going to Atlantic Beach for 10+ years and the waves may not always be great, but there are days where sand bars develop often to create nice 4-6ft waves 100 yards or so away from shore. I've caught plenty that would carry me almost 100 yards. The other reviewer must not have gone there too often because only on some occasions the waves will be breaking too close to surf. On another note, it is a nice place to lounge about enjoying the sun and water.”

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Atlantic Beach. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon beach  redBeach/jetty
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    4km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.1
    Reliability: very consistent
    14km away
    • Icon beachBeach/jetty
    • Icon  s33.4
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    22km away
    • Icon sandbar  redSandbar
    • Icon  s44.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    34km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach/jetty
    • Icon  s43.7
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    74km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Atlantic Beach: