Blessed with year-round sunshine and warm weather, Florida surfing can be quite rewarding. The typical Florida surf season lasts from early August through winter and into mid-spring. Hurricane season typically produces large southeast swells, oftentimes one right after the other, keeping surfers active through the fall season. With the onset of winter, southeast swells slow down in production; however, swells from the northeast begin to develop. I think Florida produces its best, and most consistent surf during the winter months from long-period groundswells from the Northeast. This typically sends long, rippable walls into Florida’s eastern beaches.
Often overlooked as a surf destination, North Florida does have consistent surf from late summer through spring. Hurricanes provide consistent southeast swells through the fall season. As winter sets in, consistent northeast swell is provided by low-pressure systems that move off the northern US states.
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Definitely the Florida surfing capital. Central Florida is the most exposed stretch of coast in the state, meaning that its picks up more juice from northeast and southeast swells.
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Shielded by the Bahamas, which sit just 70 miles off the coast, South Florida is blocked from most south-southeast swells. Less exposure to southeast swells makes it the most inconsistent of Florida’s eastern coast surfing region. But what it lacks in consistency, it makes up for in quality. South Florida holds many of the state’s best surf spots. Late fall and winter are definitely South Florida’s best surfing seasons. Long-period northeast groundswells light up the south Florida beach breaks and reefs. Baggies and bikinis will get you through most of the year, but winter does require a long-sleeved spring suit.
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