Surf's Up on the Outer Banks.

The Outer Banks is famous for a lot of things, the birthplace of flight, amazing seafood, great history as well as, incredible surfing. This week we will tell you everything you need to know to have an incredible surfing vacation. We know the best places to surf, take lessons, and to rent equipment. We have it all. 

Four Sweet Surf Spots

Knowing where the best places to surf is all about the local knowledge. We don't want you spending time searching for the best places when you could be out on the water, so we put together four of the best places to surf on the Outer Banks. 


One of the most revered surf breaks on the East Coast, the S-Turns, can be found on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. It's just north of Rodanthe, where N.C. 12 juts in an s-curve just before a large group of houses. This is where you'll find many surfers taking advantage of the unique conditions. This surfing honey hole is extremely crowded during the summer but well worth the wrangle.


Located at milepost 2 in Kitty Hawk, the Laundromats as the locals call it (also known as "Old Station") is an area known for its consistent waves. This area is especially thunderous after a good storm. The rough waves of this local favorite break close to the shore, possibly lending to its name, after sending surfers to the wash. 

Jennette's Pier-

This famous pier in Nags Head is one of the Outer Banks' oldest surfing favorites. Nags Head vacationers and locals alike have been paddling out here since the 1940s. As with any pier, the friction created by the water against the pilings produce better wave conditions.

Old Lighthouse Jetties-

Where the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse used to stand, before it was moved further inland in 1999, is a surfing hot spot. The jetties, which were built to protect the lighthouse where it used to stand, are still in place and provide outstanding water conditions for surfing. Beware of the rocky jetties, however, as this would be a dangerous spot for beginning surfers to attempt. 

Surf Reports

Need the latest info on the Outer Banks surfing conditions? Don't worry there are several surf reports on the OBX to help you find the perfect break. Here are a few of the most reliable. 

OBX Surf Info- The guys and gals at have all the latest and greatest info about all things surfing. Keeping you up to date on not only the local conditions but the best events and happenings in the surfing community. 

Magic Seaweed- If you love data and enjoy really geeking out over wave, tide, and storm info to find the best big waves then just click on and you'll be in surf info heaven. 

Surfline- Surfline offers a lot of great information but to really unlock the power of this tool you need to pay a small subscription fee which is well worth it for the hardcore surfers out there. 

Need to get pumped for the OBX waves? Check out this video to get ready for a great summer of surfing. 

Learning To Surf

Have you ever wanted to learn to surf? Maybe you love the idea of surfing, but have found it intimidating or beyond your abilities. Well, this summer can be the summer where you're surfing dreams come true. The Outer Banks features several surf schools which have both group and private classes. So gather a couple of buddies or maybe the whole family and get ready to hang ten on the OBX. 

When choosing a surf school be sure to call around to get the best rates and to find a school that fits your personal goals. Each school has its own personality. Look for NSSIA certified instructors as they are nationally certified and perfect for small kids who want to learn. Almost all schools will require their instructors to be CPR certified. This is not to scare you, but a nod to their professionalism. Don't worry about equipment as almost all lessons include the board rental or they will have boards for rent. Still excited? Here are a few places to help you begin. 

Kitty Hawk Kites

With locations in Duck, Rodanthe, and Nags Head, the folks at Kitty Hawk Kites have lessons all over the OBX. Lessons start at just $69.00. 

Outer Banks Surf School

The highly trained instructors at the Outer Banks Surf School have one passion, sharing surfing with you! Lessons are reasonable, and all the instructors are CPR/First Aid Certified. 

Farmdog Surf School

 There is a great staff of NSSIA and CPR certified instructors at Farmdog Surf School. They offer summer camps, individual lessons, group lessons, and a dose of just plain fun into your vacation. 

Ready to get on the water? That means you need to book a great Outer Banks beach vacation home. The easiest way to find the perfect vacation home is to give one of our friendly reservationists a call at 866-760-3526 or click on the button below to see all of our inventory. 

Do you have a favorite surf spot? Let us know by leaving a comment below. 

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