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Croatan break guidePhoto by: travin silvers

Croatan Surf Guide

Croatan in Virginia is an exposed beach/Jetty break that has reasonably consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds blow from the west. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the northeast. The beach break offers mainly left hand waves. Best around high tide. It's often crowded here. Dangerous rips are a hazard of surfing here.

Croatan Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
26.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Croatan:

The best conditions reported for surf at Croatan occur when a East-southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West.

Surf Forecasts:

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

julyBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Croatan with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of July. Clean surfable waves are typically found 36% of the time in July while 43% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 21% 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 Croatan Location Map

Interactive Croatan 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 Croatan is Oceana Nas Airport (NTU) in USA, 8 km (5 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Croatan is Norfolk International Airport (ORF), also in USA, 25 km (16 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
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Croatan Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 11 August 2022, 13:56 Local Time
Thursday 11
Wave (m)
Period (s) 8 8 8 8
Wind (km/h)
Wind State off cross-

Swell History at Croatan

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

Wind History at Croatan

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

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