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Topsail Island ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.6
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 4.1
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.7

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Topsail Island break guidePhoto by: Steve Young

Topsail Island Surf Guide

Topsail Island in North Carolina is an exposed beach/Jetty break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds blow from the northwest. Groundswells and windswells are equally likely and the ideal swell angle is from the southeast. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. The quality of the surf isn't affected by the tide. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Watch out for dangerous rips.

Topsail Island Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp:
fairly consistent26.9°C

Surfing Topsail Island:

The best conditions reported for surf at Topsail Island occur when a Southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

North-Carolina wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Use the tab navigation above to view Topsail Island sea temperature, Topsail Island photographs, Topsail Island detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Topsail Island webcams, current wind from Carolina North live weather stations and Topsail Island tide predictions. The United States swell maps link will open up the big picture showing United States and the surrounding seas. These swell maps can be animated to show the different swell components, wave energy, wave period, wave heights, together with wind and weather forecasts, current weather and sea state observations from United States wave-buoys, passing ships and coastal weather stations. Each of the forecast pages for this surf break feature a global and regional wavefinder tool to locate the best surf conditions in the area around Topsail Island

Topsail Island Surf:

Monday, 6 July 2020, 00:34 Local time
SunMonday 06
Wave (m) 0.4
Period (s) 9 9 9 9
Wind (km/h) 5
S 0
NW 5
N 5
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Tide Times:

For Ocean City Beach (fishing pier), North Carolina, 1 km from Topsail Island.

IS AT (local time)

Topsail Island Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Sneads Ferry, 14 km from Topsail Island.


Air temperature
25 °C

Current weather near Topsail Island

Buoy Data:

At Masonboro Inlet, ILM2, NC, 25 miles from Topsail Island.

  7PM 8PM 9PM 10PM
Data Age 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr 1 hr
Wave height (m) 0.6
Dominant period (s) 9 9 9 10

All wavebuoys around Topsail Island

Overall Topsail Island Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in July


Surf stats for Topsail Island: see the swell variation by month.

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Wind stats for Topsail Island: see the variation in direction and stength by month.

Just another day on the island, Topsail Island photo

Topsail Island

Photo credit: Steve Young

Humpback whale and SUP rider, Topsail Island photo

Topsail Island

Photo credit: Steve Young

cold and windy, Topsail Island photo

Topsail Island

Photo credit: Steve Young

Andy Chambers, Topsail Island photo

Topsail Island

Photo credit: Steve Young

Topsail Island Location Maps

Topsail Island Location Map

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Use this relief map to navigate to Carolina North surf spots and tide stations that are in the area of Topsail Island

Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Topsail Island:

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Wave buoys nearest to Topsail Island:

Tide stations nearest to Topsail Island:

  • Closest tide station
    Ocean City Beach (fishing pier)
    1 mi
  • Second closest tide station
    New River Inlet
    11 mi
  • Third closest tide station
    New Topsail Inlet
    11 mi
  • Fourth closest tide station
    Bannermans Branch, Northeast River
    18 mi
  • Fifth closest tide station
    23 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Topsail Island is New River Mcas (Jacksonville) Airport (NCA) in USA, 28 km (17 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Topsail Island is Wilmington International Airport (ILM), also in USA, 43 km (27 miles) away.
  • Third is Cherry Point Mcas Airport (NKT) in USA, 75 km (47 miles) away.
  • Craven Co Rgnl (New Bern) Airport (EWN) in USA is 80 km (50 miles) away.
  • Seymour Johnson Afb (Goldsboro) Airport (GSB), also in USA is the fifth nearest airport to Topsail Island and is 107 km (66 miles) away.
Topsail Island break location map and break info