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Must-See East Coast Surfing Destinations


Sandy beaches, warm currents, and epic swells – East Coast surfing has it all. Check out this list of five must-see locations and start planning your next adventure on the waves.

Rye on The Rocks Beach, New Hampshire

We’ll start from the farthest north and head down the coastline. Located in the small coastal town of Rye, an exposed reef break with consistently good surf conditions ensures an awesome day every day on the water. It’s a popular spot in August and conditions often provide immaculate waves with longer rides.On occasion, the waves are small, which make this surf spot a great destination for beginners and enthusiasts alike.

Ditch Plains Beach, New York

New Yorkers flock to Montauk, New York, during the summer months for some sun, fun, and surf. Ditch Plains Beach is a famous and well-known hotspot that is a must-see for any wave lovers. Hit the water on a weekday to beat the crowds and can enjoy the sweet swells. The conditions are ideal for surfers of any level and offer a good ride for longboard, funboard, or hybrid (shortboarding depends on the day’s conditions).

Asbury Park, New Jersey

New Jersey offers a variety of surfing spots that are fun year round. Asbury Park in particular provides a long stretch of beach that has become a surfer’s haven during the summer months. Pro tip: During the winter months, the crowds disperse, but the surfing conditions stay peak.

Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina

While larger crowds are surfing the Outer Banks, Wrightsville Beach provides an ideal place to hit the waves away from the noise. Wrightsville is home to the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, making it a lively surfing town. Most of the tourism is during the summer, which is perfect because Wrightsville Beach is best surfed in early fall.

New Smyrna Beach, Florida

If you haven’t been yet, this is your sign. New Smyrna Beach is not only a must-see East Coast surfer’s destination, it’s a world-famous one – well-known to be one of the best. The best part about New Smyrna Beach is the consistency. Local weather conditions guarantee a good day on the waves, whether you’re just learning or are trying to master the waves.

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When you’re not on the water, you need a place to wax, store, and maintain your gear. If you have a growing collection of boards, or you’re just starting out, we can help. Find a unit near you and get started on your next adventure.

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