North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. For
East Coast surfers, this region represents both
heaven and hell in the beachbreak bible. Heaven
being the specks of sand that have congregated up
to 30 miles (48km) offshore to form the crescent of
slender barrier islands known as the Outer Banks.
This is where the Atlantic throws up the biggest
and most consistent swells year-round. The
continental shelf is as narrow as it gets off the
Outer Banks, but unfortunately for Georgia, some
400 miles (644km) south, this same shelf is at its
maximum swell destroying width. South Carolina
shares more similarities to Georgia than North
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