About Cape Hatteras

This famous break in front of the tallest lighthouse in the US (recently moved a few hundred feet back from the surf) is constantly changing from the heavy erosion at Cape Hatteras. Picks up most swells, NE being the best to line up the longer lefts. The ends of the battered jetties can get dredgy, but it all depends on where the sand is. Barrels one week, mushy the next. All tides, but best on low incoming.

Always crowded because it’s always breaking. Hazards include rocks and submerged objects, plus shipwreck debris brought in by storms. Plenty of camping options in the Buxton area.

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Stormrider Guide for Cape Hatteras
  • All Tides All Tides
  • Pier, Groyne or Jetty with Peaks Pier, Groyne or Jetty with Peaks
  • Sand Sand
  • N - S N - S
  • Westerly Westerly
  • 12 2 Swell Range 2 - 12ft

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