This Site will highlight the best surf spots in the New England area. As you can see in the 6 tabs across the top are the 6 beach spots that I have reviewed. Each beach has its ups and downs for surfing. This will help surfers and first time surfers in New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts identify where to go and what to do when they get there to have the best surfing experience. New England offers a great variety of waves, weather and experiences. Rocky points, cobblestone ocean bottoms, rivermouths and beachbreaks are all part of the east coast surfing culture. Waves of all shapes and sizes are around New England. Swells created by southwest winds to solid North Atlantic deep ocean swells. Surfing in New England is not easy it can challenge and sometimes frustrate even the most dedicated surfer. Serious east coast surfers must be dedicated to put up with the long periods on flat swells and cold temperatures.
New Hampshire’s waves on a good day don’t get any better on the East Coast. Of its 9,000 square miles of land, less than 13 miles is actual coastline, but the 13 miles of coast line is packed with a variety of beachbreaks and points. New Hampshire has some of the coldest water in New England, but new technology in wetsuits and drysuits has extended the time of “seasonal surfers” while drawing newbies from nearby cities, like Boston and Portsmouth. This creates more crowds than once thought possible. Even though there is a crowd of first time surfers the natives still have their secrets and protect their favorites. Knowing where to surf here can bring you too pointbreak paradise
Massachusetts has a long surfable coastline, an abundance of waves and by far the largest general population. The problem in MA is that it doesn’t share the densely packed lineups of Rhode Island and New Hampshire. Boston is the hub, a rocking college town with lots to do and lots of kids who are the right age for surfing. Yet only a very small percentage of those kids surf. The breaks of New Hampshire are only an hour to the north, Rhode Island’s surf is 90 minutes to the South. Cape Cod and the Islands are only an hour from Boston and they have some of the best spots in New England.
Rhode Island, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard receive a large share of the good Southern New England surf. It’s divided into two, roughly equal-size surf zones, Newport and Narragansett. They are separated by Narragansett Bay, one of the sailing centers of the world, and connected by a toll bridge. During hurricane season, Newport has become the most famous surf area north of Cape Hatteras. But the coverage of epic sessions is misleading, as the Atlantic Ocean simply does not generate swell with the consistency needed to produce huge days in bulk numbers. Still, on rare occasions, large, perfect surf can happen during the 10-week window when water temperatures are comfortable. Locals are protective of their short time when the surf is best. These locals stare at the Tropical Update throughout the long summer waiting for tropical waves to circulate and grow, so the last thing they want to see is their favorite peak overrun by strangers.