New Jersey Surf Spot Guides & Reports

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Find surf spots in New Jersey. Learn about the best conditions for different spots, find information about the types of waves, and compare surf reports in the region.

New Jersey Surf Guide

With a mix of beachbreak, jetties, piers, and inlets New Jersey is another top spot for surf on the East coast.

Surf here can range from epic to completely flat, but knowing when and where to look (and the fastest way to get there) will yield some pretty great sessions.

Crowds in the warmer seasons, and especially summer, can get pretty heavy. In the winter, only the truly dedicated and hardcore suit up for big, hollow icy barrels.

Surf restrictions, beach permits, and traffic can be an issue in the summer months, but surf is fickle at best then anyway.

Seasons for Surf in New Jersey

  • Fall: Like everywhere else on the East Coast, fall is your best bet. Hurricane swells that can bring really good surf that lasts along with comfortable water and weather make you forget about all the tourists and flat spells of summer.

  • Winter: Winter can bring some really good surf if you have the equipment to bear the cold. Expect snow, ice, and freezing water if you’re looking to score. On the plus side, you don’t have to worry about the crowds.

  • Spring: Spring remains cold and the surf tapers off as things warm up. There are waves to be found, but a bit more fickle.

  • Summer: Summer brings massive crowds and gridlock traffic. Beach restrictions and surf restrictions add to the madness. If you know when and where to look, it’s possible to find some small, but decent waves.

New Jersey Average Monthly Water Temps

Temperatures vary greatly in New Jersey throughout the year – from frigid blizzards to muggy heat – best to have the right gear, especially in the winter.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg. Water Temp (°F) 37° 36° 42° 50° 59° 68°74° 75° 71° 59° 51° 42°
Low 36° 35° 40° 44° 52° 60°67° 72° 66° 56° 49° 41°
High 37° 37° 45° 57° 68° 77°82° 82° 76° 76° 53° 44°
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