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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
Surf city pierApache pierHolden beachK o aApache pierSurf city pierApache pierAvon pierApache pierHolden beachApache pierApache pierApache pierK o aK o aK o aApache pierApache pier
Rating1
0
1
1
0
1
2
2
1
1
0
0
0
3
2
1
0
3
Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
1.1

SW
0.1

SE
0.9

WSW
1.1

N
0.1

SE
1.1

SW
1.3

SW
1.1

SW
0.9

SSW
0.9

SSW
0.8

NE
0.7

ENE
0.7

ENE
1.7

N
1.2

NNE
0.9

NNE
1.6

S
1.7

SSW
Period(s) (?)596695676745587767
Energy(?)51352100358111134598127222939315375166255
Wind
(km/h)
20 WSW20
25 WNW25
20 NW20
25 WNW25
20 WSW20
20 WSW20
15 W15
15 NW15
10 WNW10
10 N10
20 NNE20
15 NNE15
15 ENE15
20 NNW20
5 N5
20 SW20
25 SW25
20 WSW20
Wind State(?)cross-
off
offcross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
offcross-
off
cross-
off
crosscross-
off
glasscross-
off
crosscross-
off
High Tide
/ height (m)
2:06AM
12:37PM
2:27PM
2:56AM

1:25PM
12:29AM
2:20AM

2:06AM
5:17PM
3:20AM

5:47AM
6:13PM

5:36AM
4:15PM

5:05AM
6:47PM
Low Tide
/ height (m)

6:37AM

9:15PM
9:47AM

7:43PM
10:45AM

10:58PM
12:08PM

11:52PM
12:38PM
8:51AM

10:02PM
11:32AM
1:29PM
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
light rain
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
rain showers
moderate rain
partially cloudy
Summary
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Rain (mm)
--------51-----17-
High °C
121312789131014978534141921
Low °C
1111105791191133743371719
Chill °C (?)
101210446128148462-13121921
Sunrise
-7:16--7:16--7:07--7:16--7:05--7:15-
Sunset
--5:30--5:29--5:36--5:37--5:21--5:38
Swell1 (m) & direction
0.1

SE
0.1

SE
0.1

SE
0.5

SW
0.1

SE
0.1

SE
0.1

SE
1.1

SW
0.1

SE
0.9

SSW
0.3

SSW
0.2

SSW
0.1

SE
1.5

NNE
1.2

NNE
0.9

NNE
0.2

E
0.1

E
Period (s)109979108797661087798
Swell2 (m) & direction
-

-
0.2

ESE
0.1

SE

-
0.1

E
0.1

SE
0.1

SE

-
0.1

SE
0.1

SE
0.1

SE
0.1

S
0.1

SE
0.1

SE
0.1

SE
0.2

ENE
0.1

E
Period (s)--1010-71010-10119691010710
Wind waves (m) & direction
1.1

SW
1.3

WSW
0.9

WSW
1.1

N
0.6

WSW
1.1

SW
1.3

SW
0.2

N
0.9

SSW
0.5

NE
0.8

NE
0.7

ENE
0.7

ENE
1.7

N

-
0.2

WSW
1.6

S
1.7

SSW
Period (s)55664564644558-267


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.