Surfs up! Grab your board and surfer attire because the sun is out and it’s time to explore the best beaches for surfing in the United States. And fortunately for you, there is no shortage of epic barrels to get slotted on in this part of the world. So, whether you’re an amateur surfer just beginning to explore the wet ways of the world or are a pro looking for the biggest tunnel to barrel through, these are the hot surfing spots to check out this summer.
California is every surfer’s paradise. From Santa Cruz to Malibu, San Clemente, Encinitas, Huntington Beach, Ventura and more, you’ll have no problem finding some waves to ride in this state. Santa Cruz is often voted as one of the best beaches for surfing in California, which means that you’ll also be fighting other surfers on every wave. So, if you’re not a fan of a crowd, explore the other areas of the state. Either way, when in Cali, finding places to surf is comes easy.
When thinking about the best surfing destinations in the United States, the northern states are often forgotten. However, they have plenty to offer when it comes to epic waves and constant swells.
If you’re in New York, check out Montauk located at the eastern end of Long Island. It’s a quaint fishing down with plenty of space for some stellar surfing. If you’re on the opposite side of the water, check out Ruggles, Rhode Island. It has a long stretch of reef breaks with some serious boarding opportunities.
Ocean City in New Jersey is also a hot spot for surfing with some of the best surfers known to frequent the area, and plus, it’s New Jersey. When you aren’t surfing, you’ll have no problem finding other ways to fulfill your time.
If you can afford a pricey plane ticket to Hawaii, do it! From white-sand beaches, beautiful swells and perfect surfing conditions, Hawaii is the hot spot for catching some waves. Pretty much everywhere you go, you’ll find some epic waves, from Haleiwa to Pa’ia, and everywhere in between. As a bonus, you just can’t go wrong with a trip to Hawaii.
Most Florida beaches are usually more suited for retired snowbirds – calm, relaxed, and totally smooth, but don’t be mistaken; there are some hidden gems that can definitely be found. Florida’s west coast has Anne Marie Beach which can see some pretty big swells on a good day. However, the waves can be a hit or miss on this side of the state.
So, if you’re looking for surfing spots in Florida, stick to the East coast. Cocoa Beach is dubbed “Surf City” and New Smyrna Beach, Daytona Beach and Jacksonville Pier can all brew in some serious swells on a regular basis.
North Carolina and South Carolina also have some epic beaches for surfing. Kill Devil Hills, NC is a popular destination for surfers, giving you front-seats to some of the best tubes you’ll find on the east coast. The Washout in Folly Beach, SC is another ideal place for some gnarly waves but it can be a hit or miss. Aim to hit up the shores at high tide for the best chances of finding some good barrels.
The United States has plenty of beaches for surfing; this is only a list of our personal favorites. So, head on over to Style Has No Boundaries, grab your epic surfing tees, pack your board and get on the road. It’s time to catch some gnarly waves.