Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach are in the “OK” range. The OBX does cut quite a bit of the swell off. It is a little better than Atlantic Beach to it’s North – but not some of AB’s neighboring local spots. I’ll refrain from calling them secrets. If you have time and a 4x4, check out Core Banks, awesome time and waves. It extends from Ocracoke to the southern tip of Cape Lookout. Carolina Beach is decent because there is a lot less crowd. At least when I've been there.