New England is definitely one of the coolest, most unique surfing regions in the US. It’s loaded with history, natural beauty, quality surf spots and unique festivals, events and fun. New England provides traveling surfers with a unique setup, away from the tropical surf that is way overdone.
New England surf spots can be characterized by state.
- New Hampshire is home to many point breaks.
- Rhode Island is characterized by reefs and cobblestone bottom breaks.
- Massachusetts is basically one giant, shifting sandbar.
- Maine offers a little bit of everything.
During the summer months, New England beach towns become a microcosm for travel and fun. The surf can be rideable this time of year, but don’t bank on it.
Once the crowds have all gone home and the kids are back in school, New England surfing comes to life with the late summer/fall hurricane season.
The southeast swells sent into this region light up the many points, reefs, sandbars and beach breaks that fill the New England surf region.
During this time of year, surfers are fine wearing a 3/2 wetsuit; however, cold weather progresses fast in the New England states, and surfers are quickly reaching for their 4/3 by the end of October or early November. Winter surfing here makes New Jersey seem like a tropical paradise. It’s not uncommon to walk through a snow-covered beach into the water, or to spot floating pieces of ice that move through the lineup. Like we said, New England is a unique surfing destination.
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New England Surf Breaks
Below is a list of New England surf spots from Rhode Island to Maine, and all points (literally) in between.