Searching for a surf break without the crowds? How about the strongest coffee before an early morning session? We picked the brains of surfers from five cities who are experts on their local surfing scenes. Check out all the tips and insider advice these Localeurs shared with us in the links below.
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Waves in New York vary a lot, but the winter is always chilly — hoodie, booties and gloves required! Some days are good for longboards and beginners, other days are overhead sets, barrels and conditions suitable only for pros. Check the forecast because the currents can be strong.
ROCKAWAY BEACH BAKERY
Breakfast at Rockaway Beach Bakery (@rockawaybeachbakery) means great handmade pastries and sandwiches before a session.
BREAKWATER SURF CO.
To rent a board, you can visit a couple of great local surf shops open year-round, both with friendly and helpful staff. Breakwater Surf Co. (@breakwatersurf) is located by the Beach 67th Street Station.
Florida’s Treasure Coast has a reputation for sinking countless vessels since the Spanish first sailed offshore. Today, surfers can find some of the coast’s best surf when conditions align — especially on a big Nor’easter!
FORT PIERCE INLET STATE PARK
Located between Cocoa Beach and West Palm Beach, check out Fort Pierce State Park for one of Florida’s most consistent surf spots.
After a session at Fort Pierce State Park, head over to Sharky’s for fish dip and a cold one!
Wherever you go, most spots around the Bay work best at dropping high tide. Try for the morning hours when winds are still calm.
Trouble Coffee (@troublecoffeeco) is a small spot with a big attitude. It’s a must for a presurf coffee and toast before hitting the road.
For the more experienced surfer, Ocean Beach in San Francisco is a must in the early morning. Checking the whole beach can take a little extra time but it often pays off with an uncrowded and fun peak. Just be careful: the currents can be extremely strong.
WHAT TO WEAR
The temperatures can drop significantly at night and in the early morning during the shoulder seasons. Most of the time, it’s boardshort and bikini weather, but some mornings or evenings require a thin wetsuit top or a rash guard. It isn't until early October that I usually start wearing my wetsuit.
Summer is the ideal time to visit if you prefer warm water, smaller waves and all-day beach days. Winter is more conducive for surfers with experience in bigger waves who don’t mind braving the colder waters in a wetsuit.
One of the most user-friendly beaches for travelers and people looking to take lessons in San Diego is La Jolla Shores.
OSWALD WEST STATE PARK
The friendliest surf destination on the Oregon Coast is located at Oswald West State Park. It's the most fun to play in the waves during the summer months while enjoying sunny days lounging on the beach.
The Oregon Coast has energetic waves, powerful riptides, and don't expect it to be warm! Bring your wetsuit and enter with caution no matter where you are. Experienced surfers can expect to catch steep rides into shallow beach breaks.