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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
Corolla lighthouseCamp pendletonS turnsAtlantic beachCamp pendletonFirststreetK o aOcean isle beach pierApache pierAtlantic beachApache pierApache pierApache pierK o aAvalon pierApache pierK o aK o a
Rating1
1
4
1
1
2
2
1
3
2
0
0
0
1
3
0
1
2
Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
1.3

SSE
1.5

S
2.0

SSW
0.6

SE
1.4

N
1.1

NNE
1.1

NNE
1.4

E
1.4

SE
1.0

SSE
0.4

SE
0.4

SE
0.2

SSE
1.7

N
1.5

N
0.6

NE
1.2

N
1.1

N
Period(s) (?)778967768888777666
Energy(?)141210515711411051251252471131614425421029112100
Wind
(km/h)
30 SW30
30 WSW30
25 W25
30 NNW30
25 NNW25
10 NE10
10 SSE10
20 NE20
15 N15
20 WNW20
15 N15
15 NW15
20 N20
30 NNW30
15 WNW15
10 N10
20 NW20
5 SSE5
Wind State(?)offcross-
off
offoffcross-
off
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
offcross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
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High Tide
/ height (m)

8:46AM
8:23PM

9:28PM
9:47AM

12:33AM
10:30AM

11:33PM
11:14AM

12:07AM
12:53PM

3:26AM

11:12AM
4:04PM
Low Tide
/ height (m)
2:52AM

3:00PM
3:42AM

3:32PM

4:20AM
2:34AM
4:27PM

5:14AM
6:10PM

7:16AM
6:24PM
8:50PM
10:18AM

partially cloudy
light rain
light rain
partially cloudy
clear
clear
partially cloudy
moderate rain
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Summary
some cloudslight rainlight rainsome cloudsclearclearsome cloudsmod. rainsome cloudsclearclearclearclearclearclearclearsome cloudssome clouds
Rain (mm)
-21----7----------
High °C
19201510128810914151127947
Low °C
1815105-1148971112316335
Chill °C (?)
1820137-3-1758713149-46915
Sunrise
-6:33--6:31--6:39--6:39--6:26--6:24-
Sunset
--5:57--5:58--6:13--6:14--6:00--6:00
Swell1 (m) & direction
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0.1

E
2.0

SSW
0.8

SSW
0.3

SE
1.1

NNE
1.1

NNE
0.4

SE
1.4

SE
1.0

SSE
0.4

E
0.3

ENE
0.2

E
0.3

SSE
0.9

NNE
0.4

NE
0.2

SSE
0.9

N
Period (s)-687107798866677566
Swell2 (m) & direction
-

-
0.5

SE
0.6

SE
0.2

S
0.3

SE
0.4

SE
0.4

SE

-
0.3

ENE
0.4

SE
0.4

SE
0.2

SSE
0.2

SSW
0.1

SE
0.1

SE
0.1

E
0.1

SE
Period (s)--99810109-4887776176
Wind waves (m) & direction
1.3

SSE
1.5

S

-
1.1

N
1.4

N

-

-
1.4

E
0.5

N
0.4

WNW
0.3

N
0.3

NW
0.4

NNE
1.7

N
1.5

N
0.6

NE
1.2

N
1.1

N
Period (s)77-56--64332377666


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.