Central Florida Surfing

Central Florida is often known as the area that could have been a
surfer’s dream. The restricted waters surrounding Kennedy Space Center
offer ideal conditions for astronauts and their families, while everyone else
must look elsewhere. Still, there are some nice spots and some unique waveforms
for those willing to be patient. Central Florida houses the famous Sebastian Inlet, by far the best-known break in the state. It’s also the home of the infamous Ron Jon’s surf shop.

South Patrick sports a number of surf areas amidst the Patrick Air Force Base, with some appropriately named break areas such as First and Second Light, Missiles, and Hangars. The breaks at Satellite Beach somewhat follow a business-naming scheme; Perkins is known for surf consistency, while swells flourish at R.C.’s in front of a Ramada Inn. The residential area of Melbourne Beach can cater to the local scene and amateur surfing competitions. Sebastian Inlet is by far Florida’s most famous break. It is comprised of the First, Second, and Third Peaks, where many a pro has surfed.

Be prepared for changes in season when you surf in Florida. Winter water temps are in the high 50's to low 60's, but summer temps are in the 80's.

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Central Florida Surf Breaks

 

Lori Wilson Park

Surf Location Take Exit 80 and follow SR 406 east. You'll pass the standard series of local businesses and food spots - as well as Playa Linda Surf Shop - before getting to US 1, and you're still only halfway to the beach at best. After crossing US 1, a drawbridge takes you across the waterway. The signs will steer you onto 402 and toward Playa Linda, but be patient - the two-lane road leads you through the wildlife refuge for about six miles.
Best Swell Direction Northeast, North
Best Tide Low incoming tide
Best Wind Direction Southwest, West
Best Surf Season Winter, Spring
Wave Quality A little punchier than Cocoa beach. Long walls at low tide.
The Surfers There’s so much space, it’s easy to find a spot of your own. No crowds to worry about, except the occasional nudist.
Boards Shortboard, longboard, hybrid
Paddle Out Easy to moderate
Skill Level Beginner to Advanced
Bottom Sand
Watch Out For… Sharks, nudists
Water Condition Clean
 

Playa Linda

Surf Location Take Exit 80 and follow SR 406 east. You'll pass the standard series of local businesses and food spots - as well as Playa Linda Surf Shop - before getting to US 1, and you're still only halfway to the beach at best. After crossing US 1, a drawbridge takes you across the waterway. The signs will steer you onto 402 and toward Playa Linda, but be patient - the two-lane road leads you through the wildlife refuge for about six miles.
Best Swell Direction Northeast, North
Best Tide Low incoming tide
Best Wind Direction Southwest, West
Best Surf Season Winter, Spring
Wave Quality A little punchier than Cocoa beach. Long walls at low tide.
The Surfers There’s so much space, it’s easy to find a spot of your own. No crowds to worry about, except the occasional nudist.
Boards Shortboard, longboard, hybrid
Paddle Out Easy to moderate
Skill Level Beginner to Advanced
Bottom Sand
Watch Out For… Sharks, nudists
Water Condition Clean
 

The Streets - Cocoa Beach, FL

Surf Location The numbered streets begin on A1A just south of Coconuts, where Cocoa Beach's residential area takes hold, running from 1st Street through 4th Street north and 1st Street through 30th Street south.
Best Swell Direction East, Southeast
Best Tide Mid to High
Best Wind Direction Offshore
Best Surf Season Fall
Wave Quality Pretty solid, mushy. About as consistent as the rest of Cocoa Beach.
The Surfers Thin crowds, nonexistent vibe
Boards Anything
Paddle Out Easy to moderate
Skill Level Beginner to Advanced
Bottom Sand
Watch Out For… Sharks
Water Condition Fairly clean
 

Cocoa Beach Pier

Surf Location Drive a couple of miles north of Ron Jon’s on A1A. Then go down the little road after the Beach Wave and it will take you straight to the parking lot for the Pier after an intersection.
Best Swell Direction East
Best Tide Mid tide
Best Wind Direction West
Best Surf Season Winter, Hurricane
Wave Quality Pretty good, as good as any in the area
The Surfers Can get crowded on weekends, mostly with tourists. Friendly vibe. Home beach of Kelly Slater.
Boards Shortboard, longboard
Paddle Out Easy
Skill Level Beginner to Advanced
Bottom Sand
Watch Out For… Buoys, sharks, tourists
Water Condition Clean
 

Hangar’s

Surf Location A short drive south of First and Second Light on A1A is Patrick Air Force Break's next parking lot and corresponding break, Hangar’s.
Best Swell Direction Southeast
Best Tide Low to Mid
Best Wind Direction West
Best Surf Season Late Summer
Wave Quality Pretty solid. When it’s good, the pilings become more dangerous.
The Surfers Thin crowds, nonexistent vibe
Boards Anything
Paddle Out Can be tough
Skill Level Intermediate to Advanced
Bottom Sand, rocks, pilings
Watch Out For… Pilings, sharks
Water Condition Clean
 

Perkins

Surf Location Driving south from PAFB, Perkins is the first oceanside restaurant you'll see. Right next door is a public beach ramp with very limited parking.
Best Swell Direction East-Southeast
Best Tide Mid tide
Best Wind Direction Offshore
Best Surf Season Fall
Wave Quality Pretty good. A less-populated RC’s.
The Surfers Can get crowded, but vibe is reasonable and respect-oriented
Boards Shortboard, longboard
Paddle Out Easy to moderate
Skill Level Intermediate to Advanced
Bottom Rock, sand
Watch Out For… Sharks
Water Condition Clean
 

Indialantic Boardwalk

Surf Location Indialantic's Boardwalk resides halfway to Sebastian Inlet from Cocoa Beach, at the end of the SR 192, one of the east-to-west arteries that connects Central Florida. The boardwalk is easy to find, thanks to a stoplight and Shagg's Surf Shop, which is perched on A1A at the north end of the beach park.
Best Swell Direction Southeast
Best Tide Low
Best Wind Direction West
Best Surf Season Later summer and fall for hurricane season; winter
Wave Quality Excellent shore break
The Surfers Can get crowded and fairly competitive, but there’s plenty of beach, so don’t be afraid to go grab your own peaks
Boards Shortboard, longboard
Paddle Out Easy to moderate
Skill Level Beginner to Advanced
Bottom Sand, shells
Watch Out For… Sharks, parking meters
Water Condition Clean and clear
 

Bonsteel Park – Melbourne Beach, FL

Surf Location Just a few miles south of Sebastian Inlet
Best Swell Direction Northeast
Best Tide Low
Best Wind Direction West
Best Surf Season Hurricane
Wave Quality Good, fairly hollow wave.
The Surfers Thin crowds, nonexistent vibe. Many fishermen.
Boards Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard
Paddle Out Fairly easy
Skill Level Beginner to Advanced
Bottom Sand
Watch Out For… sharks
Water Condition Clean and clear
 

Spanish House – Melbourne Beach, FL

Surf Location Take A1A 18 miles south past Indialantic and before the foot of the Inlet's bridge, you'll see the state park sign on the right. Turn in and pay the ranger $5, and try to find a parking spot in the right-hand lot. 1st Peak is right next the Pier on the north side of the Park.
Best Swell Direction East, Southeast
Best Tide Low
Best Wind Direction West
Best Surf Season Fall, Winter, Spring
Wave Quality Lots of tubes; steep and speedy faces. A great alternative when Sebastian Inlet is too crowded.
The Surfers Can get crowded, but there is a lot of room to spread out and find your own peak. Lots of local talent.
Boards Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard
Paddle Out Can be tough
Skill Level Intermediate to Advanced
Bottom Sand
Watch Out For… Sharks
Water Condition Clean and clear
 

Sebastian Inlet State Park - 1st Peak

Surf Location Take A1A 18 miles south past Indialantic and before the foot of the Inlet's bridge, you'll see the state park sign on the right. Turn in and pay the ranger $5, and try to find a parking spot in the right-hand lot. 1st Peak is right next the Pier on the north side of the Park.
Best Swell Direction East, Southeast
Best Tide Low ,
Best Wind Direction West
Best Surf Season Fall, Winter, Spring
Wave Quality A classic; the most famous wave in Florida. The wave is steep, speedy and hollow, making it the training ground for all top pros in FL.
The Surfers Can get very, very crowded and 1st Peak is always competitive. Lots of pros in the area, and the pecking order is strictly enforced. Lots of local talent.
Boards Shortboard, fish, funboard
Paddle Out Can be tough
Skill Level Intermediate to Advanced
Bottom Sand
Watch Out For… Sharks, fishermen
Water Condition Clean and clear
 

Sebastian Inlet State Park – Monster Hole

Surf Location Monster Hole is located on the south side of Sebastian Inlet State Park. Take A1A 18 miles south past Indialantic and across Inlet's bridge. You'll see the state park sign on the right. Turn in and pay the ranger.
Best Swell Direction Northeast
Best Tide Low tide
Best Wind Direction West
Best Surf Season Winter and Spring
Wave Quality Arguably the best wave in Florida. Steep and speedy walls will peel for over 75 yards on big north swells.
The Surfers Generally not as crowded as 1st Peak. Lots of pros in the area, and the pecking order is strictly enforced. Lots of local talent.
Boards Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard
Paddle Out This wave breaks ¼ of a mile out into the ocean. Paddle along the south jetty to get to the peak without getting your hair wet.
Skill Level Advanced to Expert
Bottom Sand and some rocks
Watch Out For… Sharks, boats
Water Condition Clean and clear

Monster Hole, Sebastian Inlet, Florida - Surf Video

 

 

Vero Beach Pier

Surf Location Drive south on A1A until you see Jaycee Park and its large, well-equipped beach facilities. Park along the boardwalk and walk north about 50 yards, and you'll see what's left of Vero Pier.
Best Swell Direction Southeast
Best Tide High
Best Wind Direction Offshore
Best Surf Season Winter
Wave Quality Considered a has-been location since the pier was destroyed by Hurricane Irene in 1999. Still some good breaks though, on occasion.
The Surfers Thin crowds, nonexistent vibe
Boards Shortboard
Paddle Out Can be tough
Skill Level Intermediate to Advanced
Bottom Sand, rocks, pilings
Watch Out For… Pilings, sharks
Water Condition Clean
 

Riomar Beach

Surf Location Stay on Ocean Drive south past Humiston Plaza, and you'll see Riomar Country Club. Just north of the building is a small beach access labeled Riomar Avenue, but don't park there or you'll be towed.
Best Swell Direction North
Best Tide Low
Best Wind Direction Offshore
Best Surf Season Winter
Wave Quality Reef creates some great shortboard opportunities on good days
The Surfers Thin crowds, nonexistent vibe.
Boards Shortboard
Paddle Out Can be tough
Skill Level Beginner to Advanced
Bottom Rock
Watch Out For… Sharks, parking problems
Water Condition Clean
 

Jetty Park

Surf Location Coming from I-95 or US 1 in either direction, simply take 528 east, which becomes A1A south, and take the South Cargo exit east.
Best Swell Direction South
Best Tide Mid
Best Wind Direction West
Best Surf Season Winter
Wave Quality Hit or miss, great all around on a good day, but conditions are ideal only a few times a year
The Surfers Can get crowded, but usually isn’t terrible. Vibe shifts with the crowd.
Boards Anything
Paddle Out Easy
Skill Level Intermediate to Advanced
Bottom Sand, rocks, pieces of jetty
Watch Out For… Lifeguards
Water Condition Clean
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