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User rating (5)
You can drive your car to the parking lot but you have to pay
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityRegional Classic
DirectionRight and left
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell direction
Good wind directionWest, East
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
Week-end crowdFew surfers
- Rips / undertow
you need to paddle out to the sandbar in front of the resort. Shell Island itself is usually a great place to check when all the rest of Wrightsville Beach looks like crap. You can usually get an idea of what's happening on Figure Eight by how Shell Island is picking up the swell.
Great place to relax if the wind is not blowing
It's the best place to surf in southern North Carolina
By the ivanator , 05-05-2007
still going - i dont surf this spot as much as others, because the wind has to be just right, it breaks on many sandbars at any tide. only lines up on a groundswell, but if its thigh high with clean lines at C-street, this place is stomach high and breaking 150 yards right or left depending on which side of the inlet you are on.
By k-hardcore , 07-08-2006
S&P 500 - Shell Island is pretty cool if you like to hang out with a bunch of old guys and talk about stock portfolios and the impact that gasoline prices are having on mutual funds
By Anonymous , 08-07-2006
- hasn't broke good consistently since before hurrican fran '97 when the inlet moved pretty much right next to shell island resort. moving the inlet towards figure eight again hasn't really made the break like it was back in the day.
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