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Waves - Topsail vs. Outer Banks area

Pittsburgh, Pa
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Waves - Topsail vs. Outer Banks area

Do waves tend to be higher / bigger in the Topsail area or Outer Banks?

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Chapel Hill, North...
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1. Re: Waves - Topsail vs. Outer Banks area

Outer Banks, but it just depends on the weather and what's going on out at sea. It can be glassy and calm or wild and rough either place. Surfers generally prefer the OBX.

Bethel Park, PA
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2. Re: Waves - Topsail vs. Outer Banks area

It's been a number of years, but one reason we switched from Outer Banks to Topsail is the latter seems to us to have less undertow problems.

Johnson City...
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3. Re: Waves - Topsail vs. Outer Banks area

Visit the SurfChex web page and you can view the live web camera at the Surf City Pier and the waves etc...

Pittsburgh, Pa
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4. Re: Waves - Topsail vs. Outer Banks area

Thanks everyone.

Raleigh, North...
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5. Re: Waves - Topsail vs. Outer Banks area

The beaches and surf line at Topsail Island is flatter/shallower than it is along the OBX. As such, the under tow, and sometimes the waves, are less a problem at Topsail. All bets are off in either location if weather conditions generate larger surf which in turn creates stronger under tow and rip currents.

We have vacationed in Duck, NC for 30 years in the summer and I'd say 80% of the time neither wave action or under tow were a concern at all.

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