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Holden Beach Surf Guide

Holden Beach in North Carolina is an exposed beach break that has inconsistent surf. Summer offers the best conditions for surfing. The best wind direction is from the north. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the best swell direction is from the south. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Best around high tide. A fairly popluar wave that can sometimes get crowded Take care of the strong rips here.

Holden Beach Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
26.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Holden Beach:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

augustBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Holden Beach with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of August. Clean surfable waves are typically found 16% of the time in August while 59% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 25% 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).

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Interactive Holden 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 Holden Beach is Wilmington International Airport (ILM) in USA, 48 km (30 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Holden Beach is Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR), also in USA, 73 km (45 miles) away.

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Holden Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 28 September 2022, 12:43 Local Time
Wednesday 28
Wave (m)
Period (s) 6 6 10 10
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Holden Beach

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

Wind History at Holden Beach

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

Holden Beach Reviews:

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Based on 9 votes.
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Herb from United States
“Marine fisheries has done absolutely nothing to help maintain the Southern Flounder population which has been virtually non existent down here for over a decade .

Way way too much gill netting is allowed and then you have the giggers , there used to be fisherman on every dock but every single one of them will tell you it's by far the worst fishing they have ever experienced.

Most don't bother anymore it's God awful .

Gill nets continue to kill countless loggerheaed turtles and all types of birds, otters etc...

The marine fisheries never witness it since you might see one marine patrol officer pass by every couple of months .”

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