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Latitude: 35° 42.993' N
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About 5 miles after going over Oregon Inlet Bridge you will come upon the Pea Island Ranger Station. Parking lot on other side of NC 12 from ocean. Lot holds about 20 cars total.
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name Pea Island Ranger Station
DirectionRight and left
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthVery Long (300 to 500 m)
Good swell directionNorth, SouthEast, East, NorthEast
Good wind directionWest, SouthWest
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementRising tide
Week-end crowdFew surfers
This break is typically a multiple bar break, can be up to 5 bars breaking at on time. Pick the on that looks the most consistent and go with it. Finding the spot that is breaking best is one thing, staying in that spot is another. Since it can be a lot of time in between sets the current can move you way out of position without you even knowing it. So, once you find the spot you like, find a mark on the beach or on the dunes to mark where you are and stay there.
On big days at "Boiler" you will discover a long paddle out 100 to 200 yds with a lot of diving to be done and a lot of in-current to fight. The lineup will sometimes put you out near the boiler stack sticking out of the water. Don't go too close because there's no telling how shallow the rest of that sunken steamer is. That ship, "Oriental" is supposedly 180 ft. long. If the wave is breaking out near the Boiler, you are looking at an 8 foot wave minimum even though it may look smaller. The water out there is typically 10 to 15 feet deep. So, for a wave to be breaking out there in that depth, you add it up. The remnant of the steamer you see is the "Oriental." The Oriental was a federal transport that sank in poor weather May 8, 1862.
When all else is crowded and the swell is rolling in this is the place to be.
By Anonymous , 27-09-2008
- pretty nice looking wave...and I'm from the West Coast. I'd surf it for sure. Probably not super consistent, but WTF.
Check out pic #2...that guy is getting axed so hard by the lip of that wave. Hilarious!!
By Anonymous , 15-07-2007
- Similar to Green House, I always check this spot, and have caught it going off many times...some of the most fun surfing I've ever done was here w/friends and no one else. Also, this place is alive...I've seen plenty of sharks here. Sometimes I think that's why it's never as crowded as places further south.
By green house brahhhhhh , 09-01-2006
drive by and check it - Whenever i take a day trip down south, i always stop off here and check it just incase. Whenever theres a small swell like under head high, this spots usually smaller than everywhere else becauase of the far out sand bars and cause its so far north. When it gets over head high, this spot gets mad crazy. When it gets big, this spot will stay clean and not close out like everywhere else. I've also seen 3 sharks here and thats 3 out of 4 i've seen in the OBX! And they aint no pussy sharks either!
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