In North Carolina it’s all about the Outer Banks. The cape juts out into the Atlantic grabbing swells from all directions and intercepting most winter storms and Nor'easters head on. The hollow beach breaks and shifting sandbars are some of the best and most consistent spots on the east coast. The area has a much more narrow continental shelf which saps major swell energy from other Atlantic states. The central and southern part of the state have hundreds of miles of coastline speckled with accessible beach towns with popular spots like Wrightsville, Topsail, and Crystal Pier.
Winters temperatures stay warmer in the southern part of the state. Spring starts to warm up and surf can get really good on the right south swells. Summers are just plain hot and humid, and the beaches are packed with tourists. Fall is the best, as the weather is perfect, and the crowds thin out, swells from every direction are hitting the coast and the hurricane season approaches.