Beach Info: Surfing

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Surfing Kite Surfing Water Safety "The Loop" Parking

Two help ensure the safety of all beach patrons, surfers must be securely attached to their board with a “leash”.

Surfing is always prohibited in the following areas:

  • Within 500 feet of Johnnie Mercer’s Fishing Pier (between Beach Access # 15 & #16)
  • Within 200 feet of Crystal Pier at Oceanic Restaurant (between Beach Access #36 & #37)
  • Within 100 feet of the Masonboro Inlet Jetty (between Beach Access #42 & #43)

From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, surfing is prohibited in areas located in front of each lifeguard stand. The length of these “No Surfing” areas will be no less than 600 feet and no greater that 750 feet. Surfing is prohibited in these areas whenever lifeguards are on duty. Lifeguard stands are normally staffed from 10 AM to 5 PM, but these hours may be extended when the beach is busy. “No Surfing” areas will be clearly marked with flags as shown in the figure below.

The locations of the “No Surfing” areas associated with lifeguard stands are shown in blue on the following map.

Additional “No Surfing” areas may be posted on other locations due to weather conditions, beach population, special events, etc. These areas will also be marked with flags as shown above.

Surfers are reminded to respect the “space” of other beach patrons. Reckless surfing that endangers another person is prohibited.

For more information about surfing at Wrightsville Beach, check with a lifeguard.