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2017 Wrightsville Beach Surfing and Kiteboarding Rules


To help ensure the safety of all beach patrons, surfers must be securely attached to their board with a “leash”.   Leashes for all surfboards are required year round in Wrightsville Beach regardless of wave size and length of surfboard.  With longboards leashes are even more encouraged for safety of other surfers and swimmers that may come into contact with a lost board.

Surfing is always prohibited in the following areas:


  •  Within 350 feet of Johnnie Mercer’s Fishing Pier (between Beach Access # 15 & #16)
  •  Within 350 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)



Swimming is always prohibited in the following areas:



  •        Within 250 feet of Johnnie Mercer's Fishing Pier (between Beach Access #15 & #16 
  •        Within 250 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.


Kite Boarding Regulations



  •        When the checkered flags designating No Surfing areas in front of lifeguard stands are posted, kiteboarders shall stay at least 100 yards offshore from these areas. Some No Surfing areas in the middle of the island are extensive. It is your responsibility to know appropriate areas for kiteboarding.         
  •        Kiteboarders shall enter and exit the water via the multi-use areas outside of the No Surfing areas. 
  •        Kiteboarders shall enter and exit the water in a safe and controlled manner. Consider wind direction and beach population when selecting a safe entry/exit point.         
  •        Always have an experienced kiteboarder assist you with launching and landing, or use a secure anchor.      
  •        Kiteboarders will acknowledge and obey directions from lifeguards. Whistle blasts and universal hand signals will be used.         
  •        Always yield the right of way to swimmers and pedestrians.         
  •        No jumping on the beach with a kiteboard kite.         
  •        Always respect other kiteboarders, on and off the water.
  •        When not in use, secure your kite with sand and roll up your bar and lines.
  •        Always store unused gear up near the dunes and keep the beach clear of excess equipment.
  •        Remember that perception is reality. If it looks unsafe, then it is unsafe.
  •        Anyone kiteboarding in a reckless manner will be asked to leave the beach. Reckless kiteboarders can be prosecuted under NC General Statutes, and they may lose their privileges to kiteboard at Wrightsville Beach. 


WbLiveSurf - The Surfer's Source
  • No Logos = Flat or Really Bad. Pretty much unrideable! A good time to get other things done.
  • 1 Logo = Rideable but not good form. Might not be worth the time or effort but there could be a few okay waves.
  • 2 Logos = Could be fun. Rideable and a few okay waves to be ridden.
  • 3 Logos = Fun! Better than the average day. Worth paddling out depending on the surface conditions.
  • 4 Logos = Really fun. Paddle out if you can. One of the better days of the year.
  • 5 Logos = Rare Epic or All Time conditions. Quitting work or skipping school is an option but not encouraged. Why are you still reading the report! Paddle out now!

Please read the report description for a better explanation of all factors regarding the waves. We report conditions in "A moment in time" and conditions can change right after the report or between reports. Don't kill the messenger. Email Mother Nature for changing the conditions if you miss it. Thanks for checking WBlivesurf.com. The only report in town that checks the surf 4 times daily with our feet in the sand during rain, sleet, snow, or shine.