different.. It faces generally east. South or southeast swell, west winds, it will be good down there. Its just not really worth the hassle to me, some people swear by okrakoke. Not me, I'd much rather just surf somewhere closer to home.
P.S. If you do go there, bring bug spray or you will get eaten alive.
Ocracoke in general just rules in my opinion. 1st off, it's an isolated island thats only accesible by ferry/boat. 2nd, there's only one little fishing village there and in the summer that place CAN get crowded. 3rd, if you're looking to get away, that is one fo the best places to get as far away as possible and still be around minimal civilization.
I'm saying that because there's still stores, a bank, and some bar/grilles there too on the docks around Sliver Lake.
Plus, all the Blackbeard the Pirate lore that still haunts the area OooOoOoo. If you're into that kinda thing. It's interesting to me.
Go camp at Teeter's in town cause that guy is super generous and down to earth, and he will give you a nice spot to set up a tent and a hot shower.
Surf-wise...it has it's moments With 13 miles of un-developed beach, you're bound to find your own little peaks/sandbars. I rode the longest wave I've ever had there and I swear it was almost 20 seconds long. That's not saying too much speaking of waves, but in East Coast terms, that could make your day.