Southport Beach (223) faces almost due west and receives low ocean swell as well as gulf wind waves. Waves average 0.5 to 1 m, and during higher wave conditions produce a double bar system, with 3 to 4 rips cutting across the inner and outer bars (Fig. 4.53). During normal low wave conditions the inner rips tend to infill and a continuous bar is attached to the beach. In addition the river flows across the southern end of the beach building out a large tidal and bar, cut by the deeper tidal channel.
SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.