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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Ocracoke Island

USA, South East, North Carolina

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 Access

Easy, just a 45 min ferry ride from Hatteras. Ocracoke Island, accessible only by water or air, is part of Hyde County. It is one of the barrier islands of the Outer Banks of North Carolina

English (Translate this text in English): Easy, just a 45 min ferry ride from Hatteras. Ocracoke Island, accessible only by water or air, is part of Hyde County. It is one of the barrier islands of the Outer Banks of North Carolina

English (Translate this text in English): Easy, just a 45 min ferry ride from Hatteras. Ocracoke Island, accessible only by water or air, is part of Hyde County. It is one of the barrier islands of the Outer Banks of North Carolina

English (Translate this text in English): Easy, just a 45 min ferry ride from Hatteras. Ocracoke Island, accessible only by water or air, is part of Hyde County. It is one of the barrier islands of the Outer Banks of North Carolina

DistanceTake a car

WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special access4x4

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencySometimes break

Wave

TypeSand-bar

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerFast, Powerful, Ledgey

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionSouth, SouthEast

Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest, West

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+

Best tide positionLow and mid tide

Best tide movementRising tide

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdFew surfers

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow

 Additional Information

park ur car at the airport, take the walk, and surf
It only breaks good here during hurricanes but usually something to ride
The "public" beach is a pounding shorebreak and the airport beach is good
but you need atleast 3 feet for it to break on the sandbar
It is a very racy wave, almost a closeout, but fun cuz it breaks fast and then backsoff
over the trough and then about another 20 yds of surf before the shorebreak
Bring ur longboard and your fastest board

English (Translate this text in English): park ur car at the airport, take the walk, and surf<br />It only breaks good here during hurricanes but usually something to ride<br />The &quot;public&quot; beach is a pounding shorebreak and the airport beach is good<br />but you need atleast 3 feet for it to break on the sandbar<br />It is a very racy wave, almost a closeout, but fun cuz it breaks fast and then backsoff<br />over the trough and then about another 20 yds of surf before the shorebreak<br />Bring ur longboard and your fastest board

English (Translate this text in English): park ur car at the airport, take the walk, and surf&lt;br &#47;&gt;It only breaks good here during hurricanes but usually something to ride&lt;br &#47;&gt;The &amp;quot;public&amp;quot; beach is a pounding shorebreak and the airport beach is good&lt;br &#47;&gt;but you need atleast 3 feet for it to break on the sandbar&lt;br &#47;&gt;It is a very racy wave, almost a closeout, but fun cuz it breaks fast and then backsoff&lt;br &#47;&gt;over the trough and then about another 20 yds of surf before the shorebreak&lt;br &#47;&gt;Bring ur longboard and your fastest board

English (Translate this text in English): park ur car at the airport, take the walk, and surf&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;It only breaks good here during hurricanes but usually something to ride&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;The &amp;amp;quot;public&amp;amp;quot; beach is a pounding shorebreak and the airport beach is good&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;but you need atleast 3 feet for it to break on the sandbar&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;It is a very racy wave, almost a closeout, but fun cuz it breaks fast and then backsoff&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;over the trough and then about another 20 yds of surf before the shorebreak&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Bring ur longboard and your fastest board

Atmosphere

About 2 surf shops, about 10 local surfers
and maybe 5-7 guys out on a good day, usually
closes out after 8 feet so everyone
goes to hatteras

English (Translate this text in English): About 2 surf shops, about 10 local surfers<br />and maybe 5-7 guys out on a good day, usually<br />closes out after 8 feet so everyone<br />goes to hatteras

English (Translate this text in English): About 2 surf shops, about 10 local surfers&lt;br &#47;&gt;and maybe 5-7 guys out on a good day, usually&lt;br &#47;&gt;closes out after 8 feet so everyone&lt;br &#47;&gt;goes to hatteras

English (Translate this text in English): About 2 surf shops, about 10 local surfers&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;and maybe 5-7 guys out on a good day, usually&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;closes out after 8 feet so everyone&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;goes to hatteras

General

it can be world class if u catch it right

English (Translate this text in English): it can be world class if u catch it right

English (Translate this text in English): it can be world class if u catch it right

English (Translate this text in English): it can be world class if u catch it right

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By surfing , 03-04-2007

- ive been down there sometimes where its chest to head and glassy but most of the time wen i go down there its choppy and i take the ferry back to hatteras its an ok spot but when its good its good and and theres barely a crowd

By Hatteras Local , 04-08-2005

It's not that consistent - I'm from Hatteras Village, born and raised. I know plenty about the surf that goes on down south. The surf is not that special down there, it rarely gets any better than the surf in Hatteras. And there is no way that anyone checked the surf in Frisco, saw that the wind was on-shore, went to Ocracoke and found the same wind blowing off-shore. It's impossible unless the wind switched on your ferry ride. On-shore in Frisco is either SW or SE depending on where your at... both of those winds blow sideshore down in ocracoke. But don't get me wrong I love Ocock it's a great place to go if you like to ride fairies. Let's hear one for the dirty dirty south.... SOUTHSIDE 4 LIFE

By anonymous , 29-07-2004

- went to ocracoke while on vacation. Was onshore at frisco, but perfect offshore 6foot waves at Ocracoke, incredible day!

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