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Masonboro Inlet break guidePhoto by: Blake Pittman

Masonboro Inlet Surf Guide

Masonboro Inlet in North Carolina is a fairly exposed beach/Jetty break that does not work very often with no particular seasonal pattern. Works best in offshore winds from the northwest. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the best swell direction is from the northeast. Waves at the beach tend to peel to the left. Often Crowded. Beware of rips and sharks.

Masonboro Inlet Spot Info

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

Surfing Masonboro Inlet:

The best conditions reported for surf at Masonboro Inlet occur when a Northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

novemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Masonboro Inlet with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of November. Clean surfable waves are typically found 6% of the time in November while 14% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 80% 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 Masonboro Inlet Location Map

Interactive Masonboro Inlet 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 Masonboro Inlet is Wilmington International Airport (ILM) in USA, 13 km (8 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Masonboro Inlet is New River Mcas (Jacksonville) Airport (NCA), also in USA, 69 km (43 miles) away.

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Masonboro Inlet Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 27 September 2022, 16:03 Local Time
Tuesday 27Wed
Wave (m)
Period (s) 7 7 7 7
Wind (km/h)
Wind State glass cross-

Swell History at Masonboro Inlet

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

Wind History at Masonboro Inlet

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

Masonboro Inlet Reviews:

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Based on 6 votes.
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  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s43.6
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s22.4
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s33.2
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s11.2
  • Crowds:Icon  s22.4
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MG from United States
“Agreed.... worst wave ever... DON'T GO!”

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