Cape Hatteras sits out in the ocean at the meeting points of the North and South Atlantic less than 50 miles to the continental shelf. This proximity to deep water means creates the power and consistency that has made the island famous in surf folklore.
The other quality component is finding a favorable wind direction. The same geographical shape of our island that helps attract a multitude of swell directions, also helps us find offshore winds somewhere close by. Simply shifting 20 minutes up or down the coast can turn the winds offshore and the surf significantly cleaner.