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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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 Masonborough Island

USA, South East, Southern North Carolina

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This spot used to be nice, 5 years ago and prior. Now it is more crowded than Wrightsville, particularly when the wind is from the north. I have surfed in Cali, costa rica, mexico, and puerto rico. Mas is the most crowded and harbors some of the worst vibes. The locals are pissed that the spot blew up. If they don't scare you, the sharks will!

English (Translate this text in English): This spot used to be nice, 5 years ago and prior. Now it is more crowded than Wrightsville, particularly when the wind is from the north. I have surfed in Cali, costa rica, mexico, and puerto rico. Mas is the most crowded and harbors some of the worst vibes. The locals are pissed that the spot blew up. If they don't scare you, the sharks will!

English (Translate this text in English): This spot used to be nice, 5 years ago and prior. Now it is more crowded than Wrightsville, particularly when the wind is from the north. I have surfed in Cali, costa rica, mexico, and puerto rico. Mas is the most crowded and harbors some of the worst vibes. The locals are pissed that the spot blew up. If they don't scare you, the sharks will!

English (Translate this text in English): This spot used to be nice, 5 years ago and prior. Now it is more crowded than Wrightsville, particularly when the wind is from the north. I have surfed in Cali, costa rica, mexico, and puerto rico. Mas is the most crowded and harbors some of the worst vibes. The locals are pissed that the spot blew up. If they don't scare you, the sharks will!

DistanceDay trip

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Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessPaddle > 20mn or Boat

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name "Mas" pronounced mace

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencySometimes break

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerFast, Powerful, Ledgey

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthVery Long (300 to 500 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionSouth, SouthEast, East

Good wind directionNorthWest, West

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+

Best tide positionMid and high tide

Best tide movementRising tide

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Week crowdUltra crowded

Week-end crowdUltra crowded

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Sharks

 Additional Information

You probably need a boat unless you are nuts enough to paddle across masonboro inlet and dodge the heavy boat traffic. The paddle out can be easy or you can throw anchor on the other side of the swell and paddle in. On a RARE day you might have some great surf to yourself. Otherwise, prepare to watch others drop in on you

English (Translate this text in English): You probably need a boat unless you are nuts enough to paddle across masonboro inlet and dodge the heavy boat traffic. The paddle out can be easy or you can throw anchor on the other side of the swell and paddle in. On a RARE day you might have some great surf to yourself. Otherwise, prepare to watch others drop in on you

English (Translate this text in English): You probably need a boat unless you are nuts enough to paddle across masonboro inlet and dodge the heavy boat traffic. The paddle out can be easy or you can throw anchor on the other side of the swell and paddle in. On a RARE day you might have some great surf to yourself. Otherwise, prepare to watch others drop in on you

English (Translate this text in English): You probably need a boat unless you are nuts enough to paddle across masonboro inlet and dodge the heavy boat traffic. The paddle out can be easy or you can throw anchor on the other side of the swell and paddle in. On a RARE day you might have some great surf to yourself. Otherwise, prepare to watch others drop in on you

Atmosphere

Mostly a bad vibe, particularly when the good hurricane swell comes in. During peak season, every local lowlife comes out of the woodwork and claims to own the island.

English (Translate this text in English): Mostly a bad vibe, particularly when the good hurricane swell comes in. During peak season, every local lowlife comes out of the woodwork and claims to own the island.

English (Translate this text in English): Mostly a bad vibe, particularly when the good hurricane swell comes in. During peak season, every local lowlife comes out of the woodwork and claims to own the island.

English (Translate this text in English): Mostly a bad vibe, particularly when the good hurricane swell comes in. During peak season, every local lowlife comes out of the woodwork and claims to own the island.

General

Its a shame. The surf can be so good but the crowd ruins it.

English (Translate this text in English): Its a shame. The surf can be so good but the crowd ruins it.

English (Translate this text in English): Its a shame. The surf can be so good but the crowd ruins it.

English (Translate this text in English): Its a shame. The surf can be so good but the crowd ruins it.

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By Anonymous , 23-01-2009

me - Mase is a great wave on the right conditions. Quick drops, fast waves. It can get really hollow, but usually thin lipped. None of these pictures do it justice. A few years ago it used to be a fun wave, but now dropping in is similar to playing the game frogger, you had better watch out. Yes it is true that frat boys will come out in full force, but they aren't the ones to worry about. The 20 something assholes who can actually surf and think they own the break are the real problem here. Look for the older guys, they are usually chill.

By Anonymous , 31-12-2008

Author suck dingalings - Obviously the dusche bag who wrote this is not a local resident. Local woodwork lowlifes? pretty lame. Thanks for catching a ride over to mase on your rich durahm friends boat. We'll make sure to give you plenty of waves. haha

By Anonymous , 11-09-2008

Bull Sh*t - Sure mase is very fun, but very crowded. In recent months college kids have come over and ruined the island. I've seen many fights with locals beating the sh*t out of some wannabe bigshot. So warning to college kids stay at wb. Drop in on somebody and you'll be yelled at, beat, or taken off on on every wave. Recently the city has thought of closing the island because of all the trash and crap college kids are leaving on the island. so don't mess with the locals and stay away. The other guys obviously don't know the place and arent locals.

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