Find surf spots in New England. Learn about the best conditions for different spots, find information about the types of waves, and compare surf reports in the region.
New England Surf Guide
Local knowledge, some searching, and the proper equipment for the cold is key to scoring waves throughout New England’s rocky coastline from Maine down to Rhode Island.
There’s plenty of coves and points throughout the region, which makes finding some perfect waves of your own a definite possibility. Though, you’ll probably find someone has already had the idea long before you did – be respectful and you might just get welcomed in.
While many of the spots throughout the region skew towards the fickle side, the right conditions can make for some epic surf.
You’ll need a quality, thick wetsuit and some good boots for the rocky bottoms, and plenty of patience in between swell windows.
Maine‘s rugged and rocky coastline features sandbars, points, and rivermouths that are both under-explored and under documented. The cold and rocky environment when the surf is up makes for a pretty intense experience, and you’ve got to come prepared.
New Hampshire boasts the smallest coastline of the region, but still offers up some decent variety of breaks and wave types. There are plenty of points to be found along the small, rocky coast. Come prepared with a thick wetsuit and some strong paddling endurance.
Massachusetts has a large, surfable coastline of its own, and sits in the perfect spot to explore North or South in search of waves. Again, with plenty of coves, points, and even islands, stumbling upon lesser-known spots can score you some great waves when the conditions line up.
Rhode Island is the smallest state, but probably one of the most popular/crowded destinations for surf in New England. Like its sibling states to the North, Rhode Island features a great mix of rocky coves and points that can pick up some good surf when the conditions are right.
Seasons for Surf in New England
- Fall: With a mix of Nor’easters and hurricanes, fall is the best time for waves and tolerable weather and water temperatures in the region.
- Winter: Winter brings extreme cold with water in the 30s, wind chill, and temperatures well below zero. Big, heavy surf is not uncommon, and with the right equipment, ice tolerance, and knowledge of some protected spots, you can definitely score.
- Spring: Swell tapers down in the spring, but the water and the air warms up too. A fair trade, maybe.
- Summer: The summers in New England are mostly flat and hot. Towards the tail end, you’ll start to get some Hurricane swells that can bring some really clean surf to the pointbreaks in relatively comfortable water.
New England Average Monthly Water Temperatures
Here’s what to expect for water temperature when surfing in New England. You’ll definitely need some good, thick wetsuits. Keep in mind, it’ll be colder as you head North.
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