cape lookout

Edit Spot

This spot is by far the most friendliest, unpopulated surf spot around here, and is in general a very fun wave.

Lookout is actually part of the North Carolina Park service. There are plenty of places to camp, and a long stretch of beach to travel. Cape lookout has some of the most epics spots. Also is a very good place to fish. On the sound side of the island there is plenty of room to skurf, or wakeboard. Most definitly is worth the day trip, or better yet you can stay and camp for weeks.

Additional Info:
Lookout can be a slow rolling longboard wave, and then switch straight to a fast epic tropical wave. During hurricane season it can get big and thick. with right swell and wind the very tip of the cape can work as a point break.


Only by boat. ferry from harkers island.

WalkShort walk (5-15 min)
Public accessYes
4x4 requiredNo
Boat requiredYes
Wave Characteristics
TypeBeach break
DirectionRight and left
PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful, Fun, Powerless
FrequencyVery consistent (150+ days/year)
Normal lengthShort (<50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Ideal Conditions
Wind directionNorthWest, West
Swell directionSouthEast, NorthEast
Swell sizeLess than 3ft - 12ft
TideAll tides
Tide movementRising and falling tides
WeekendFew surfers

Rips / undertow, Sharks



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Emerald Isle

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Direction:Right and left
Frequency:Sometimes breaks (50 days/year)
Atlantic Beach

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Direction:Right and left
Frequency:Sometimes breaks (50 days/year)
Shackleford Banks

28.51 miles away

Direction:Right and left
Bottom:Reef (coral, sharp rocks etc.) with sand
Frequency:Very consistent (150+ days/year)