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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 consistent
26.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

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:

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

novemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Topsail Island with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of November. Clean surfable waves are typically found 30% of the time in November while 39% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 31% 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 Topsail Island Location Map

Interactive Topsail Island 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 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.

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Topsail Island Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 3 July 2022, 13:16 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 6 6 9 6
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
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Swell History at Topsail Island

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

Wind History at Topsail Island

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

Topsail Island Reviews:

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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Katrice from United States
“I just moved out here, and I have to say, this is a gorgeous beach. If you stay north, the sand fleas aren't too bad. And most of the time, they still aren't horrible. I love this beach. Don't bring an umbrella, it's too windy and you're going to fight with it, the umbrella will win, and you will soon take it down. Just remember, have fun, bring sunscreen for the kiddo's and stuff to drink and you'll have a great time.”

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