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Old 07-30-2007, 07:44 AM
 
Location: SoCA to NC
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We recently spent a few days at Carolina Beach. The shore break was extremely rough. My kids got pretty cut up from the shells pounding them in the surf. My question is....is the shore break always this rough there? We spent a few days in Emerald Isle a month or so back and it was very mild, you could practically walk out for 1/2 mile. One you got past the shore break at CB the floor fell off and you could not stand. It was pretty deep. I didn't know if this is always the case or if it was just this way while we were there due to rip tides and storms that had come through the previous week. Thanks!
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Old 07-30-2007, 12:33 PM
 
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We recently spent a few days at Carolina Beach. The shore break was extremely rough. My kids got pretty cut up from the shells pounding them in the surf. My question is....is the shore break always this rough there? We spent a few days in Emerald Isle a month or so back and it was very mild, you could practically walk out for 1/2 mile. One you got past the shore break at CB the floor fell off and you could not stand. It was pretty deep. I didn't know if this is always the case or if it was just this way while we were there due to rip tides and storms that had come through the previous week. Thanks!

It's pretty much always this way. I'm from South Carolina, and I'm used to fairly gentle beaches. Carolina Beach and Kure Beach both have strong currents and violent waves. I don't know if it's year-round and consistent, but it's been that way every time I've been out there. I've heard it's due to the fact that the beaches stick out on a cape, and I've also heard that it's related to the Cape Fear River mouth being close by.

I guess that's why it's a popular surf destination.
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Old 07-31-2007, 02:43 PM
 
Location: SoCA to NC
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That is good to know. The waves were not big compared to CA waves where we are from but the shore break was rough and the drop off severe. Otherwise it was a very pretty beach! Thanks for that info!
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Old 10-26-2007, 10:51 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Default Shore break not always so bad

I have been visiting Calolina Beach for the past two years (about five visits each summer) and have found that the surf and shore break varries quite a bit. Without any weather facts or real ocean data to back this up, my observation is that the shore break is lighter/smoother in the early and late summer and more rough in the mid summer, especially if there is a storm affecting the coast. Back in July, I was body surfing and got slammed onto the beach so hard that I hurt my shoulder. On my most recent visit (mid September) the surf conditions were absolutely great with smooth slow breaking waves and water temperature still warm enough to enjoy the swim.
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Old 10-26-2007, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Southeastern North Carolina
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I have been visiting Calolina Beach for the past two years (about five visits each summer) and have found that the surf and shore break varries quite a bit. Without any weather facts or real ocean data to back this up, my observation is that the shore break is lighter/smoother in the early and late summer and more rough in the mid summer, especially if there is a storm affecting the coast. Back in July, I was body surfing and got slammed onto the beach so hard that I hurt my shoulder. On my most recent visit (mid September) the surf conditions were absolutely great with smooth slow breaking waves and water temperature still warm enough to enjoy the swim.
Yeah, I think it varies, too. The ocean currents are always shifting the sands around. It seems to me that earlier in the summer it wasn't so bad. But since around mid-August the shorebreak has been pretty bad. It helps to go at low tide, the shorebreak seems much worse at high tide up here at Topsail.

My husband and I go out bodyboarding a lot and we both have learned the hard way that you can really get hurt when the waves are slamming on the shore like that.
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Old 10-26-2007, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Sunny Phoenix Arizona...wishing for a beach.
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Yeah, I think it varies, too. The ocean currents are always shifting the sands around. It seems to me that earlier in the summer it wasn't so bad. But since around mid-August the shorebreak has been pretty bad. It helps to go at low tide, the shorebreak seems much worse at high tide up here at Topsail.

My husband and I go out bodyboarding a lot and we both have learned the hard way that you can really get hurt when the waves are slamming on the shore like that.
I broke bones at Carolina beach mid August 2006 New Hanover hospital is great for surgury though!
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Old 10-27-2007, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Southeastern North Carolina
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I broke bones at Carolina beach mid August 2006 New Hanover hospital is great for surgury though!
Good grief; how'd you break them? Surfing, bodyboarding, bodysurfing?

I took a nosedive two years ago and landed on the bottom on my face; I thought I'd broken my neck, but didn't fortunately although I think it's quite possible to do so. My face was all scratched up and my teeth went through my lower lip.
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Old 10-27-2007, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Sunny Phoenix Arizona...wishing for a beach.
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Good grief; how'd you break them? Surfing, bodyboarding, bodysurfing?

I took a nosedive two years ago and landed on the bottom on my face; I thought I'd broken my neck, but didn't fortunately although I think it's quite possible to do so. My face was all scratched up and my teeth went through my lower lip.
Standing in ankle deep water and that's the God's honest truth. A wave or rip current or whatever came by and sweeped my foot like a violent karate chop.
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