The town to town low-down. Find your ideal surf spot
Whether you realize it or not, surfing has developed from an atypical hobby into a full-blown sport that is supported by a multi-million dollar industry. Its characteristics may have evolved over the past 100-plus years that it has been around, but surfing is now one of the most popular summer pastimes and more and more people are taking notice of what it has become.
Living in a coastal area, most of us have grown up conscious of life on the beach and in the ocean. However, not everyone has. This is where our South Jersey Surf Guide comes in. We know surfing is appealing and fun for beginners and veterans alike, so we have gone to the local experts to ask their opinions on where the best surfing spots are for every level of surfer.
Below you will find a list of surf spots, from Brigantine south to Cape May, with tips from local surfers on everything from the best season to surf there to the overall wave quality.
Everyone is encouraged to try surfing; it's a great sport and lifestyle. And this list is to help you have a better-educated surfing experience, whether you live in South Jersey or are visiting for the summer. Additionally, some of the shops listed below give lessons or can give recommendations on where to get them in the area.
As a surfer, I know that it's sacrilegious to extend data to tourists and those who aren't "in-the-loop." However, I'd say that just about all of the "secret" spots around here have been revealed and it's time to shed some light for all those who remain clueless. Hopefully, by informing and educating other surfers, we can create a smarter, safer and friendlier surfing environment for everyone around here. -- Kevin McCarty
Local Expert: Primal Surf �€�(www.psurf.com) 264-1999
Top Surfing Spots (ability level 1-10): South End Jetty (7), Kirby's (4), North End (5), 38th Street (4)
Overall Wave Quality Average (1-10): 6
Ability Level: Beginner to intermediate
Best Tide: incoming
Best Swell Direction: South
Best Wind: South or West
Best Season: Fall / Winter
Access: Street or 4-wd with permit
Crowds: Heavy in summer
Water Quality: Good
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