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Nags Head Pier ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 5.0
Crowds: 3.5

Overall: 3.8

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Nags Head Pier break guidePhoto by: pam

Nags Head Pier Surf Guide

Nags Head Pier in North Carolina is an exposed beach/Jetty break that has reliable surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the west. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the northeast. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Good surf at all stages of the tide. When the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water. Beware of rips,wrecks.

Nags Head Pier Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon  beachBeach/jettyIcon  s43.8
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
consistent
21.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Nags Head Pier:

The best conditions reported for surf at Nags Head Pier 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 Nags Head Pier (for consistent clean waves)?

decemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Nags Head Pier with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of December. Clean surfable waves are typically found 25% of the time in December while 35% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 40% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
25%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
35%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
40%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Nags Head Pier Location Map

Interactive Nags Head Pier 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 Nags Head Pier is Elizabeth City Cgas Rgnl Airport (ECG) in USA, 58 km (36 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Nags Head Pier is Oceana Nas Airport (NTU), also in USA, 101 km (63 miles) away.

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Nags Head Pier Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 19 October 2020, 17:56 Local Time
Monday 19Tue
5PM8PM11PM2AM
Wave (m) 1.5
ENE
1.3
ENE
1.3
E
1.3
E
Period (s) 8 9 9 9
Wind (km/h) 25
NE 20
ENE 20
E 15
SE
Wind State cross-
on
on on cross-
on

Swell History at Nags Head Pier

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

Wind History at Nags Head Pier

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

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