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Shackleford Banks Surf Guide

Shackleford Banks in North Carolina is a beach break that has very consistent surf The best wind direction is from the north northeast. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the best swell direction is from the south. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up.

Shackleford Banks Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
20.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Shackleford Banks:

The best conditions reported for surf at Shackleford Banks occur when a South swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North-northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

augustBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Shackleford Banks with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of August. Clean surfable waves are typically found 19% of the time in August while 51% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 30% 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 Shackleford Banks Location Map

Interactive Shackleford Banks 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 Shackleford Banks is Cherry Point Mcas Airport (NKT) in USA, 37 km (23 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Shackleford Banks is Craven Co Rgnl (New Bern) Airport (EWN), also in USA, 61 km (38 miles) away.

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Shackleford Banks Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 18 May 2022, 09:32 Local Time
Wednesday 18
Wave (m)
Period (s) 7 7 7 7
Wind (km/h)
Wind State off cross-
cross cross-

Swell History at Shackleford Banks

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

Wind History at Shackleford Banks

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

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    14km away
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    • Icon  s33.4
    Reliability: fairly consistent
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    • Icon  s44.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    46km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach/jetty
    • Icon  s43.7
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    85km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Shackleford Banks: