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Latitude: 33° 51.079' N
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Take the ferry from Southport, NC ($15 RT) to Bald Head Island. Than take the tram to East Beach or the Shoals Club- the point is right there.
WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityRegional Classic
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast
Good wind directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+
Best tide positionLow and mid tide
Best tide movementRising tide
Week-end crowdFew surfers
- Rips / undertow
- Private beach
No cars allowed on the island, you can either rent a bike or golf cart, or take the tram car. Get dropped off at the Shoals Club, but this is a private club, so you cannot walk through it or use their beach access- Use the beach access just north about 50 yards and walk 100+ yards to the point. Watch out for rips & dangerous currents- the point is where the East facing beaches meet the South facing beaches, which is know as Cape Fear. The point has a long right point break type of wave that breaks over a sand bottom. Very long rides when good and can get epic during the right swells. Seldom crowded because of the difficulty to get to the spot & the ferry fee.
Epic when on- only right hand point whithin 100+ miles or more- Never crowded- Camp Right on the Beach. A killer spot to spend a weekend with your boys surfing empty point break waves
By Brooks , 28-09-2009
Nasty Current, Not So Nasty Sharks - The sharks aren't a big deal. The point is a haven for Spinner Sharks 4-6ft which feed by leaping out of the water, swallowing minnows on their way up. They have hardly any teeth and are harmless to people.
The current on the other hand can run at 6+kts and heads 30mi out to sea along (aptly named) Cape Fear. This occurs mostly during storms (ie when the waves are breaking). The current kills a couple people every year.
By logan , 06-08-2009
the point... - i found the pics but it won't let me post them?? but heres the link to them on swellinfo (you can only see the pics if your a member over there) http://www.swellinfo.com/forum/showthread.php?p=1439
but it has some other good info on bald head surfing.
By Anonymous , 05-08-2009
the point... almost forgot - its sharky as hell so bring a friend or a cage.