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North Carolina Surf

Detailed North Carolina surf forecast maps and the latest eyeball surf report from local surfers in the region. Near-shore swell is shown on the map together with the surf forecast rating for spots in North Carolina. Find the best places to surf in offshore conditions by selecting the wind option on the forecast map. Windsurfers and kite surfers can also use this option to find more favorable cross-shore conditions in North Carolina. Our local Wavefinder indicates where some of the best conditions are likely to be found in North Carolina over the next 7 days. Surf photos from North Carolina and reviews of the best spots and surfing conditions have been provided by local surfers.

North Carolina Surf Forecast

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North Carolina Surf Forecast map for predicting the best wave and wind conditions across the region. For surfers, the map shows the most powerful swell tracking across near-shore open water and not the peak waves experienced by boats out at sea. Move your mouse over the ocean swell symbols or the surf breaks on the coastline to see a more detailed surf forecast including wave period and wind conditions. The forecast updates every 6 hours and most live weather reports update every hour. You can animate the North Carolina Surf map or show live wind and wave conditions as reported from wavebuoys and local weather stations. Surf breaks shown along the North Carolina coastline are also listed below.

North Carolina Photos

North Carolina Wavefinder

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Best forecast wave conditions in North Carolina
Pelican watchBeauregardAvon pierApache pierAvon pierAvon pierBeauregardAtlantic beachApache pierAvon pierApache pierApache pierApache pierK o aApache pierApache pierApache pierAtlantic beach
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Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
1.9

SW
1.4

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1.4

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1.0

SW
1.7

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1.7

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1.2

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0.9

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0.4

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0.8

WSW
0.1

SE
0.6

WSW
0.4

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1.1

N
0.1

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1.1

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1.3

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1.8

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Period(s) (?)7885776757105479567
Energy(?)37124726446263276109776504145114368101330
Wind
(km/h)
35 W35
25 W25
30 W30
20 WSW20
40 W40
30 WNW30
25 W25
20 NW20
5 NE5
25 W25
20 WSW20
15 NW15
10 NNW10
15 WNW15
20 WSW20
25 W25
20 WSW20
10 WNW10
Wind State(?)offoffoffcross-
off
offoffoffcross-
off
crossoffcross-
off
offoffcross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
High Tide
/ height (m)

10:14PM
10:33AM

10:43PM


11:37PM


12:29AM
12:22PM

1:23AM

1:16PM
2:33AM

Low Tide
/ height (m)
4:06PM

4:04AM
4:48PM
4:06PM

7:40AM
6:48PM
5:21PM

7:59AM
6:01PM

6:26AM
6:45PM

7:31AM
3:44AM

7:43PM
8:13AM
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partially cloudy
cloudy
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rain showers
moderate rain
Summary
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Rain (mm)
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High °C
87810109108710101012713151512
Low °C
8379989348881159151212
Chill °C (?)
43476575677911411131411
Sunrise
--7:09--7:09--7:18--7:16--7:16--7:11
Sunset
5:25--5:30--5:28--5:16--5:34--5:35--
Swell1 (m) & direction
0.2

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0.2

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0.3

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0.1

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0.1

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0.2

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0.1

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0.9

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0.4

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0.3

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0.1

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0.6

WSW
0.4

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1.1

N
0.1

SE
0.1

SE
0.1

SE
1.2

SW
Period (s)998881310755105479987
Swell2 (m) & direction
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0.2

N

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0.1

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0.2

ESE
0.1

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0.1

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0.1

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0.1

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0.1

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0.1

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0.1

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0.3

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0.1

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0.1

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0.1

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0.1

SE
Period (s)--6-1511131010104986781111
Wind waves (m) & direction
1.9

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1.4

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1.4

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1.0

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1.7

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1.7

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1.2

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0.7

WNW

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0.8

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0.7

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0.6

NW
0.6

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0.7

WSW
0.9

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1.1

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1.3

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1.8

SW
Period (s)78857764-744564567


North Carolina Surf Breaks

Beach break, usually best in September, October, and November. Long flat beaches, great sunrises and sunsets.

This 3 block wide area known as sunskipper is very popular. Lately it has been not as great as usual. However there is almost a guarantee that you will pull into a barrel if not also make it out. At lower tides it will sometimes get kind of heavy and blasttastic. At a higher tide it can get kind of difficult to get in due to the rocks that are used to prevent erosion. Other than that it is a long flat beach facing ESE. Like most of the east coast it gets best during the fall because of hurricanes. Since the sandbar is so shallow so quick it is usually a foot or more bigger than most places in carolina beach and especially wrightsville beach. A couple blocks down is the north end pier with a jetty that is also a very fun place to surf but this is more a a longboard wave.