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Ocean Isle Beach/Pier ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.7
Consistency of Surf: 3.7
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 5.0
Crowds: 3.7

Overall: 4.3

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Ocean Isle Beach/Pier break guidePhoto by: Jonathan Bickett

Ocean Isle Beach/Pier Surf Guide

Ocean Isle Beach/Pier in North Carolina is an exposed beach break that has unreliable waves. Summer offers the optimum conditions for surfing. Offshore winds blow from the north. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the best swell direction is from the south southeast. Waves at the beach are both lefts and rights. Best around mid tide when the tide is rising. It's sometimes crowded here. It can even get crowded enough to be dangerous.

Ocean Isle Beach/Pier Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
18.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Ocean Isle Beach/Pier:

The best conditions reported for surf at Ocean Isle Beach/Pier occur when a South-southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Ocean Isle Beach/Pier (for consistent clean waves)?

septemberBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Ocean Isle Beach/Pier with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of September. Clean surfable waves are typically found 33% of the time in September while 44% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 23% 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 Ocean Isle Beach/Pier Location Map

Interactive Ocean Isle Beach/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 Ocean Isle Beach/Pier is Wilmington International Airport (ILM) in USA, 56 km (35 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Ocean Isle Beach/Pier is Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR), also in USA, 62 km (39 miles) away.

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Ocean Isle Beach/Pier Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 29 November 2020, 11:17 Local Time
Sunday 29
Wave (m) 0.7
Period (s) 9 9 5 6
Wind (km/h) 15
ENE 15
E 15
ESE 15
Wind State cross-
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Swell History at Ocean Isle Beach/Pier

Surf stats for Ocean Isle Beach/Pier, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Ocean Isle Beach/Pier

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

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