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The Lighthouse Surf Guide

The Lighthouse in North Carolina is an exposed beach/Jetty break that has dependable surf and can work at any time of the year. Works best in offshore winds from the west. Groundswells and windswells are equally likely and the ideal swell direction is from the northeast. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Best around low tide when the tide is rising. Often Crowded. Watch out for rips, obstacles, sharks,wrecks.

The Lighthouse Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beachBeach/jettyIcon  s33.3
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
consistent
21.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing The Lighthouse:

The best conditions reported for surf at The Lighthouse 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 The Lighthouse (for consistent clean waves)?

marchBest Season: spring
The best time of year for surfing The Lighthouse with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Spring and most often the month of March. Clean surfable waves are typically found 16% of the time in March while 36% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 48% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
16%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
36%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
48%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore The Lighthouse Location Map

Interactive The Lighthouse 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 The Lighthouse is Elizabeth City Cgas Rgnl Airport (ECG) in USA, 124 km (77 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to The Lighthouse is Cherry Point Mcas Airport (NKT), also in USA, 131 km (81 miles) away.

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The Lighthouse Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 18 May 2022, 14:51 Local Time
Wednesday 18Thu
5PM8PM11PM2AM
Wave (m)
0.3
NE
0.3
SE
0.6
SE
0.1
NE
Period (s) 3 8 7 4
Wind (km/h)
20
20
20
20
Wind State cross-
on
on cross-
on
cross

Swell History at The Lighthouse

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

Wind History at The Lighthouse

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

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

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Wave Buoys Nearest To The Lighthouse: