While some of the best-known surf spots might be on the West Coast of the United States, there are some pretty amazing waves to catch here on the east coast! From New England to Florida, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite East Coast surf spots so you can get out there and catch a wave!
Cisco Beach, Nantucket, MA
Warning: beginners should be wary of this surf spot. You know the saying go big or go home? The swells here are best for intermediate or experienced surfers. Known to be on the “rougher” side of the island, be aware of rough surf and windy conditions.
There are lifeguards stationed along the beach so you can feel at ease while you are out in the surf.
Cocoa Beach, FL
This well-known East Coast surf spot is also known as the surfing spot that birthed surfing legend, Kelly Slater. These are some of the most reliable waves that you will find in Florida and are great for beginners and more experienced surfers alike. And the warm Florida weather = nearly year-round surfing!
The downside? This beach can get quite crowded, but it’s mostly sunbathers and families so you’ll have the surf lineup mostly to yourself and a few other surfers.
Ruggles, New Port, RI
It might sound a little weird that one of the best spots for serious waves is located in the smallest state in the United States, Rhode Island. Ruggles almost always has guaranteed waves that should only be surfed by intermediate or experienced surfers. There are some pretty gnarly barrels to ride here and if you don’t mind colder waters, this is the spot for some amazing ocean views!
Kitty Hawk, Outer Banks, NC
There are ample surf spots along the Outer Banks of North Carolina, but one of the best is found in Kitty Hawk, home of the Wright Brothers. This is one of the best spots for reliable surf and a local tip is to head there right after a storm, as this is when the biggest waves are forming. Surf the day away at Kitty Hawk throughout summer and early Fall. You won’t be disappointed!
St. Augustine, FL
St. Augustine is a great place for beginners to get their feet wet. It’s known as one of the best places to learn to surf in the sunshine state! Don’t worry though, if you are more of an advanced surfer, you can still have a great time in St. Augustine!
White Crest Beach, Wellfleet, MA
White Crest Beach on Cape Cod is home to cold water and is most well-known for producing waves that long boarders love! Warning: watch out for great white sharks!
Sea Isle City, New Jersey
Take a trip to the Jersey Shore for some small, but dependable waves. Sea Isle City is one of the most welcoming spots for beginners and isn’t as crowded as some of the northern cities are.
Rye, New Hampshire
You might not think of surfing when you think of New Hampshire, but its 17-mile strip of coastline offers steady swells and a laid back vibe. The best breaks can be found at the Rye on the Rocks Beach, but be aware, this spot can be treacherous to beginners! Beginners might want to try Wallis Beach or Jenness Beach instead.
Montauk, New York
This surf spot is known for a variety of swells that are influenced by coves, reefs, and other natural ocean structures. This beach has some of the most consistent waves in the area. While most popular during the summer months, when the weather turns cold you’ll have the waves to yourself—if you are brave enough to paddle out into the frigid water that is!
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Home to quality waves and longer rides due to the sandbars in between jetties, New Smyrna Beach waves are some of the most consistent on the East Coast. Surfers come here for frequent barrels that allow for awesome tricks and aerials!
If a West Coast surf trip isn’t in the cards for you this year, these East Coast surf spots won’t disappoint! Just make sure to check the weather conditions before traveling to these spots so you have a good understanding of what to expect before you get into the water. While you might need a wetsuit to enjoy some of these more northern surf spots, you’ll be sure to have a great day catching waves at any of these locations!
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