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S-Turns Surf Guide

S-Turns in North Carolina is a sandbar break. Works best in offshore winds from the west. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the optimum swell angle is from the east southeast. Sometimes crowded. Beware of urchins, rips, man-made danger (buoys etc..) and sharks.

S-Turns Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon sandbar  redSandbarIcon  s43.7
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
20.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing S-Turns:

The best conditions reported for surf at S-Turns occur when a East-southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf S-Turns (for consistent clean waves)?

augustBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing S-Turns with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of August. Clean surfable waves are typically found 27% of the time in August while 40% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 33% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
27%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
40%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
33%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore S-Turns Location Map

Interactive S-Turns 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 S-Turns is Elizabeth City Cgas Rgnl Airport (ECG) in USA, 97 km (60 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to S-Turns is Oceana Nas Airport (NTU), also in USA, 144 km (89 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
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Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
S-Turns Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 27 May 2022, 21:43 Local Time
FriSaturday 28
11PM2AM5AM8AM
Wave (m)
1.6
S
1.8
SSW
1.9
S
1.6
S
Period (s) 6 6 7 7
Wind (km/h)
40
45
35
25
Wind State cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off

Swell History at S-Turns

Surf stats for S-Turns, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at S-Turns

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

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near S-Turns. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon beachBeach/jetty
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: consistent
    3km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: consistent
    7km away
    • Icon sandbar  redSandbar
    • Icon  s33.4
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    12km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach/jetty
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    19km away
    • Icon sandbar  redSandbar
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: consistent
    29km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To S-Turns: