North Florida Surfing

North Florida (also known as Florida’s First Coast) has a wealth of surfing
opportunities, and may be the most underrated surf region in the southeastern
US. Northeast Florida has a reputation for consistent surf, and is known for its
white sand. Swells from the northeast to southeast break from August through
April, with the biggest coming during hurricane season, or from a strong low-pressure system sending in long-period swell from the northeast. Northeast Florida stretches from the FL/GA state line down to Daytona Beach.

Drive down Florida’s Route A1A, and you will be presented with one surfing opportunity after another.

  • Jacksonville is home to many surfing contests and a close-knit surfing community. Jacksonville Pier offers breaks on any swell.

  • The Mayport Poles, with favorable conditions, give way to speedy rights and lefts and attract an abundance of surfers.

  • The oldest city in the United States, St. Augustine, is also known as a substantial surfing location in North Florida, with plenty of surf accommodations.

  • Across the Intracoastal Waterway, Anastasia Island has breaks named Blowhole, Middles, and Lighthouse.

  • Daytona Beach, a hot spot for Spring Break surfers, is the location of the high-ranking breaks at Ponce Inlet, while the less crowded, younger set favorite Sunglow Pier. Even surf fishing is a year-round sport in Daytona Beach.

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.

Find a surf school in North Florida.

North Florida Surf Breaks

 

Little Talbot Island

Surf Location Inside Little Talbot Island State Park. To get to the main peak, it’s about a one-mile walk north of the parking lot, at the river mouth.
Best Swell Direction Northeast
Best Tide Low incoming tide
Best Wind Direction West, Southwest
Best Surf Season Fall, Spring
Wave Quality 7 out of 10 for a Florida wave. One of the best waves in Florida. Really long, rippable walls that will get hollow. Holds up to double overhead bombs very well.
The Surfers Very localized, crowded and competitive. Good luck getting a wave.
Boards Shortboard, longboard, fish
Paddle Out Can be tough
Skill Level Advanced
Bottom Sand
Watch Out For... Jellyfish, sharks, the locals
Water Condition Murky
 

North Jetty

Surf Location Inside Huguenot Park. Drive on the beach.
Best Swell Direction Northeast, East, Southeast
Best Tide Incoming high tide
Best Wind Direction West, Southwest, can handle a southeast sea breeze
Best Surf Season Fall, Spring
Wave Quality Great longboard wave. 7 out of 10 for a Florida wave.
The Surfers Pretty localized. Can get crowded next to the Jetty.
Boards Longboard, stand-Up paddle board, fish, funshape
Paddle Out Far but fairly easy
Skill Level Beginner to Advanced
Bottom Sand
Watch Out For... Jellyfish, sharks
Water Condition Clean, can get murky after big storms
 

Mayport Poles

Surf Location Inside Hanna Park
Best Swell Direction Northeast, East, Southeast
Best Tide Low tide
Best Wind Direction West, Northwest, can handle a northeaster
Best Surf Season Fall, Winter, Spring
Wave Quality Good shortboard wave. 6 out of 10 for a Florida wave. Punchy lines that can get hollow.
The Surfers Very crowded, can get pretty competitive
Boards Shortboard, fish, funboard
Paddle Out Can be tough
Skill Level Beginner to Advanced
Bottom Sand
Watch Out For... Jellyfish, sharks
Water Condition Dirty water from the St. John’s River
 

Jacksonville Beach Pier

Surf Location 4th Ave. North
Best Swell Direction Northeast, East, Southeast
Best Tide Low tide coming in
Best Wind Direction West, Northwest, Southwest
Best Surf Season Fall, Winter, Spring
Wave Quality 5 out of 10 for a Florida wave. High tide – punch lines that can get hollow. Low tide breaks outside near the end of the pier, and is great for longboards.
The Surfers Very crowded, can get pretty competitive
Boards Shortboard, longboard, fish, funboard, stand-up paddle board
Paddle Out Can be tough depending on the swell
Skill Level Total Beginner to Advanced
Bottom Sand
Watch Out For... Jellyfish, sharks, fishermen
Water Condition Murky
 

Vilano Beach

Surf Location Between Jacksonville Beach and St. Augustine. Drive on the beach.
Best Swell Direction Northeast, East, Southeast
Best Tide Low tide on big swells, high tide when smaller
Best Wind Direction West, Northwest, Southwest
Best Surf Season Fall, Winter, Spring
Wave Quality 4 out of 10 for a Florida wave. Very steep, hollow wave that breaks close to shore.
The Surfers Crowd is spread out and mellow
Boards Shortboard, fish
Paddle Out Easy
Skill Level Advanced
Bottom Sand
Watch Out For... Jellyfish, sharks, shore pound
Water Condition Clean
 

St. Augustine Beach

Surf Location Begins at A Street. Drive on the beach.
Best Swell Direction Northeast, East, Southeast
Best Tide Low tide
Best Wind Direction West, Northwest, Southwest
Best Surf Season Fall, Winter, Spring
Wave Quality 6 out of 10 for a Florida wave. Nice wave that can get hollow on larger swells.
The Surfers Crowd is spread out and mellow
Boards Longboard, shortboard, fish, funboard, stand-up paddle board
Paddle Out Easy to moderate
Skill Level Beginner to Advanced
Bottom Sand
Watch Out For... Jellyfish, sharks, stingrays
Water Condition Clean, but can get murky after storms
 

Anastasia State Park

Surf Location St. Augustine
Best Swell Direction Northeast, East, Southeast
Best Tide Low tide
Best Wind Direction West, Northwest, Southwest
Best Surf Season Fall, Winter, Spring
Wave Quality 7 out of 10 for a Florida wave. Nice wave that can get hollow on larger swells. Blow Hole can be one of the best waves on the East Coast.
The Surfers Crowd is spread out and mellow
Boards Longboard, shortboard, fish, funboard, stand-up paddle board
Paddle Out Easy to moderate
Skill Level Intermediate to Advanced
Bottom Sand
Watch Out For... Jellyfish, sharks, stingrays
Water Condition Clean, but can get murky after storms
 

Matanzas Inlet

Surf Location Matanzas Inlet State Park
Best Swell Direction Northeast, Southeast
Best Tide Low tide
Best Wind Direction West, Northwest, Southwest
Best Surf Season Fall, Winter, Spring
Wave Quality 7 out of 10 for a Florida wave. Nice wave breaks in the middle of the inlet. Long rippable walls. Can get hollow.
The Surfers Very localized. Can get crowded.
Boards Longboard, shortboard, fish, funboard, stand-up paddle board
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Advanced
Bottom Sand
Watch Out For... Jellyfish, stingrays, boaters leaving the inlet; one of the sharkiest places in Florida
Water Condition Clean
 

Flagler Beach Pier

Surf Location 3rd Street and Ocean Shore Blvd
Best Swell Direction North, Northeast, East, Southest, South
Best Tide Low
Best Wind Direction West, Northwest, Southwest
Best Surf Season Fall, Winter, Spring
Wave Quality 4 out of 10 for a Florida wave
The Surfers Can get crowded
Boards Longboard, shortboard, fish, funboard, stand-up paddle board
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Intermediate to Advanced
Bottom Sand
Watch Out For... Jellyfish, stingrays, sharks
Water Condition Clean
 

Daytona Beach Pier

Surf Location Main Street and Atlantic Avenue
Best Swell Direction Northeast to Southeast
Best Tide All
Best Wind Direction West, Northwest, Southwest
Best Surf Season Fall, Winter, Spring
Wave Quality 4 out of 10 for a Florida wave. Everyone surfs here; good for beginners.
The Surfers Very crowded
Boards Longboard, shortboard, fish, funboard, stand-up paddle board
Paddle Out Easy to moderate
Skill Level Total Beginner to Advanced
Bottom Sand
Watch Out For... Jellyfish, stingrays, sharks
Water Condition Murky
 

Ponce Inlet

Surf Location Lighthouse Point Park
Best Swell Direction South, Southeast, East
Best Tide All
Best Wind Direction West, Northwest, Southwest
Best Surf Season Fall, Winter, Spring
Wave Quality 7 out of 10 for a Florida wave. Long rippable walls, can handle huge surf.
The Surfers Very localized. Can get crowded.
Boards Longboard, shortboard, fish, funboard, stand-up paddle board
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Advanced
Bottom Sand
Watch Out For... Jellyfish, stingrays, sharks, the locals
Water Condition Clean
 

New Smyrna Inlet

Surf Location Inside Smyrna Dunes Park. You can drive on the beach.
Best Swell Direction Northeast, East
Best Tide Incoming high tide
Best Wind Direction West, Northwest, Southwest
Best Surf Season Fall, Winter, Spring
Wave Quality 6 out of 10 for a Florida wave. Most consistent wave in Florida, will magnify any swell.
The Surfers Very crowded and competitive
Boards Shortboard, fish
Paddle Out Moderate to hard
Skill Level Intermediate to Advanced
Bottom Sand
Watch Out For... Jellyfish, stingrays, the locals, very sharky
Water Condition Clean, can get murky with storms
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