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K.O.A Surf Guide

K.O.A in North Carolina is an exposed beach break that has dependable surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the west. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the ideal swell direction is from the northeast. The beach break provides left and right handers. Good surf at all stages of the tide. When the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water. Watch out for rips, man-made danger (buoys etc...) and sharks.

K.O.A Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
16.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing K.O.A:

The best conditions reported for surf at K.O.A occur when a Northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf K.O.A (for consistent clean waves)?

marchBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing K.O.A with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of March. Clean surfable waves are typically found 19% of the time in March while 40% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 41% 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 K.O.A Location Map

Interactive K.O.A 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 K.O.A is Elizabeth City Cgas Rgnl Airport (ECG) in USA, 102 km (63 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to K.O.A is Cherry Point Mcas Airport (NKT), also in USA, 147 km (91 miles) away.

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K.O.A Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 3 December 2022, 10:14 Local Time
Saturday 03
Wave (m)
Period (s) 4 10 10 10
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-

Swell History at K.O.A

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

Wind History at K.O.A

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

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