The best places to surf along the Outer Banks

Surfing in the Outer Banks

Go to any beach on the Outer Banks and you’ll see surfers taking advantage of the best waves on the East Coast. The Outer Banks is home to world-class waves for all skill levels. But with over 200 miles of shoreline, where should you go to catch the best waves? These are our top 4 favorite places to shred, especially for beginners.

  1. Corolla
  2. Duck
  3. Nags Head
  4. Rodanthe

1. Corolla

surfing in Corolla

Located in the northern Outer Banks, Corolla offers lower temperatures and small swells perfect for beginners. Surfing in Corolla is fun for the whole family and is often less crowded than the central beaches.

2. Duck

surfing in Duck

Duck, NC is one of the most popular vacation spots on the Outer Banks, and for good reason! The town of Duck is beautiful and offers some of the best accommodations on the island. Duck is also nationally recognized as one of the “Top 15 Family-Friendly Beaches in America.” Surfing is one of the most popular beach activities in Duck and surf lessons are offered at the Sanderling Resort.

3. Nags Head

Surfing in Nags Head

Nags Head is one of the most popular areas to surf on the Outer Banks. Excellent waves for all skill levels can be found along the Nags Head beach road. This also means that these beaches are more crowded than some of the others. Just make certain to respect the other surfers and swimmers in the water when you go surfing in Nags Head.

4. Rodanthe

Surfing in Rodanthe

The Outer Banks’ southern beaches feature bright, clear water and some of the best surfing on the East Coast. Surfing in Rodanthe is a favorite among professionals and amateurs alike. What was once a secret haven for surfers, is now popular and often crowded. But the waves are still as good as ever.

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Ready to start paddling out for your first session? Sign up for surf lessons. Learn the fundamentals of surfing where we discuss the importance of ocean safety, how to identify rip currents, and how to read ocean conditions. Warm up with some surf specific stretches, and then we practice standing up on the board on the beach before we get in the water. After that, it’s into the ocean to learn how to paddle properly and catch your first wave!

Already a surf legend? Rent a surfboard through Kitty Hawk Surf Co. to catch waves at your favorite surf spot.