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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
Avalon pierAvalon pierAtlantic beachK o aAvalon pierAvalon pierCamp pendletonApache pierApache pierApache pierApache pierAvalon pierApache pierK o aApache pierApache pierApache pierApache pier
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Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
0.9

ENE
0.9

ENE
0.5

E
0.7

ENE
0.5

ENE
0.5

ENE
0.5

E
0.1

SE
0.1

SE
0.1

SE
0.1

E
1.3

NE
0.4

E
0.9

ENE
0.2

SSE
0.5

SE
0.5

SSE
0.4

SSE
Period(s) (?)12111110101010111010106365556
Energy(?)2202216011058605254421013673111712
Wind
(km/h)
25 WNW25
20 W20
15 WNW15
15 NNW15
5 SSE5
15 W15
15 NNW15
5 S5
5 SSE5
15 WSW15
20 NNW20
15 NNE15
15 E15
10 SE10
5 SSE5
15 WSW15
30 NNW30
20 NNE20
Wind State(?)cross-
off
offcross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
on
offcross-
off
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
off
crosscross-
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High Tide
/ height (m)
11:21AM

11:58PM
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12:25PM
3:03PM
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2:42AM
10:58AM

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3:43AM
Low Tide
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4:47PM

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7:08PM
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7:49AM
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Summary
clearclearsome cloudssome cloudssome cloudscloudysome cloudssome cloudssome cloudssome cloudsclearrain shwrssome cloudscloudysome cloudssome cloudssome cloudsclear
Rain (mm)
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High °C
101516111313121716192011151518212416
Low °C
91211111213111516162010121417171710
Chill °C (?)
714159131110171619207141518212415
Sunrise
6:26--6:26--6:24--6:39--6:37--6:35--
Sunset
-7:37--7:37--7:47--7:49--7:38--7:50-
Swell1 (m) & direction
0.9

N
0.9

ENE
0.5

E
0.7

ENE
0.5

ENE
0.5

ENE
0.5

E
0.1

SE
0.1

SE
0.1

SE
0.1

E
1.1

NE
0.1

SE
0.9

ENE
0.3

ESE
0.5

SE
0.5

SSE
0.4

SSE
Period (s)6111110101010111010106664556
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.9

ENE
0.5

N
0.3

S
0.3

S
0.5

N
0.3

NNE
0.1

SE
0.1

SE
0.1

E
0.1

S
0.1

S
0.3

ENE
0.1

SE
0.3

SSE
0.2

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0.2

E

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Period (s)1265656556571087576-
Wind waves (m) & direction
1.1

N
0.2

W
0.4

SW
0.7

N

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0.1

SW
0.3

NNW
0.1

S
0.1

S
0.1

SW
0.5

NNW
1.3

NE
0.4

E
0.3

SE
0.2

N
0.2

WSW
0.6

NNW
0.6

NNE
Period (s)6245-2222236322233


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.