South Florida Surfing

South Florida is home to the most publicized stretch of coast in Florida.
However, it's not known for its consistent swells, but rather for its beautiful
beaches, exotic locals, warm weather, and an impressive party scene. But when
the waves are pumping, South Florida surf can get as good as anywhere else.

May through August in South Florida will drive a surfer crazy with flatness: weeks will pass without a single rideable ripple from the Atlantic Ocean. If you can make it through the summer months, and the late August/early fall hurricanes, wintertime low-pressure systems send fairly consistent groundswell into South Florida beaches. Consistent spots such as Stuart Rocks, Reef Road in Palm Beach, and the Juno Pier turn these northeast swells into long, clean lines and rippable walls. With a big east or northeast swell, advanced surfers will find huge waves at such legendary spots as Pump House and the Jupiter Beach Inlet.

Surfing in South Florida can very aggressive, especially at the top spots. Respect everyone in the water and you should be fine. PS: The Lake Worth Pier is extremely localized, and is not a good option for beginners.

What South Florida lacks in wave consistency, it makes up for in quality. Water temps stay in the 80’s from May to November, and barely drop below 70 from November through March. The water’s crystal clear and teeming with life, so pack a fishing rod, spear gun or snorkel gear for when the surf is flat.

Find a surf school in South Florida.

South Florida Surf Breaks


Ft. Pierce Inlet – Fort Pierce, FL

Surf Location North Jetty is within Fort Pierce State Park. The State Park is a wildlife sanctuary with an entrance fee of $3.25.
Best Swell Direction East and Southeast groundswell
Best Tide Incoming high tide
Best Wind Direction West
Best Surf Season Late summer through fall hurricane season
Wave Quality Excellent form off the Jetty
The Surfers Very crowded. Mellow vibe.
Boards Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard
Paddle Out Easy
Skill Level Beginner to Advanced
Bottom Sand
Watch Out For… Swimmers, locals, the Jetty
Water Condition Clean and clear
 

Fort Pierce, South Florida - Surf Video

 

Walton Rocks – Fort Pierce, FL

Surf Location Seven miles south of the South Causeway in Fort Pierce on A1A
Best Swell Direction Northeast
Best Tide Mid incoming tide
Best Wind Direction West
Best Surf Season Winter
Wave Quality Sloppy. Can be good, not great.
The Surfers Usually thin crowds; can get competitive, though
Boards Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard
Paddle Out Pretty tough
Skill Level Intermediate to Advanced
Bottom Reef
Watch Out For… Some rocks/reef, sharks
Water Condition Clean
 

Stuart Rocks – Stuart, FL

Surf Location
Best Swell Direction Northeast
Best Tide Incoming high tide
Best Wind Direction West
Best Surf Season Late summer and fall for hurricane season. Winter and early spring for northeast swells.
Wave Quality Excellent spot. Point break style wave, breaks either right or left depending on swell directions. Nice long rides with tube sections.
The Surfers Usually very crowded and aggressive. Not a good spot for beginners.
Boards Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard
Paddle Out Can be tough or easy
Skill Level Intermediate to Advanced
Bottom Sand, some reef and rocks
Watch Out For… Reef sections, sharks, locals
Water Condition Clean and clear

Stuart Rocks, South Florida - Surf Video

 

 

Hobe Sound Wildlife Refuge – Stuart, FL

Surf Location
Best Swell Direction Northeast
Best Tide Incoming high tide
Best Wind Direction West
Best Surf Season Late summer and fall for hurricane season. Winter and early spring for north swells.
Wave Quality Good spot for large surf. Long, speedy walls. Waves break on the outer reef and peel through to the inside sandbar.
The Surfers Can get crowded. Mellow vibe.
Boards Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard – anything that paddles well
Paddle Out Tough – breaks way outside
Skill Level Intermediate to Advanced
Bottom Outside reef, inside sand
Watch Out For… Sea life, sharks, exhaustion from paddling
Water Condition Clean and clear
 

Coral Cove Park – Jupiter Beach, FL

Surf Location Two miles north of the Jupiter Island entrance
Best Swell Direction Northeast
Best Tide Incoming high tide
Best Wind Direction West
Best Surf Season Late summer and fall for hurricane season. Winter and early spring for north swells.
Wave Quality Hit or miss. Can be very good.
The Surfers Mellow vibe and crowd
Boards Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard
Paddle Out Can be tough or easy
Skill Level Intermediate to Advanced
Bottom Reef
Watch Out For… Rocks, reef, sharks, sea turtles
Water Condition Clean and clear
 

Jupiter Inlet – Jupiter Beach, FL

Surf Location Directly east of where A1A meets FL-707
Best Swell Direction Northeast or Southeast groundswell
Best Tide Low incoming tide
Best Wind Direction West
Best Surf Season Late summer and fall for hurricane season. Winter and early spring for north swells.
Wave Quality One of the few bigger wave spots in Florida. Speedy waves with good form and nice tube sections.
The Surfers Crowded. Heavy local vibe. Aggressive surfers.
Boards Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard
Paddle Out Easy
Skill Level Advanced
Bottom Sand and some rocks
Watch Out For… Locals, sharks, boats near the lineup
Water Condition Clean and clear
 

Juno Pier – Juno Beach, FL

Surf Location Next to Juno Park in Palm Beach County
Best Swell Direction Northeast or Southeast groundswell
Best Tide High tide, incoming and outgoing
Best Wind Direction West-Northwest, East-Southeast
Best Surf Season All seasons - among the most consistent spots in the region
Wave Quality Good
The Surfers Very, very crowded
Boards Anything that floats
Paddle Out Easy
Skill Level Total Beginner to Advanced
Bottom Sand
Watch Out For… Sharks, undertow, Beach Patrol
Water Condition Clean and clear

Juno Pier, South Florida - Surf Video

 

 

Civic Center – Juno Beach, FL

Surf Location In Jupiter, just North of Palm Beach. East side of Indiantown Rd.
Best Swell Direction Northeast or East groundswell
Best Tide Low and mid incoming
Best Wind Direction West
Best Surf Season Fall, Winter, Spring
Wave Quality Breaks way outside on big swells. One of the few big wave spots in the area. Can handle a very large swell. Long, fast rides.
The Surfers Can get crowded
Boards Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard
Paddle Out It’s a long paddle that can be tough
Skill Level Advanced
Bottom Sand
Watch Out For… Tiring paddle-out, locals
Water Condition Clean and clear
 

Reef Road – Palm Beach, FL

Surf Location Reef Road in Palm Beach, two miles north of post office along A1A
Best Swell Direction Northeast groundswell
Best Tide Low to Mid incoming
Best Wind Direction West
Best Surf Season Winter
Wave Quality Legendary Florida surf spot. Long rippable break on North swells. Can get hollow.
The Surfers Very localized and competitive. A lot of local pros and talent surf here.
Boards Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Advanced
Bottom Sand and some rocks
Watch Out For… Locals, some rocks, sharks
Water Condition Clean and clear
 

Lake Worth Pier

Surf Location Between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, right off of FL-802
Best Swell Direction Northeast groundswell
Best Tide Incoming
Best Wind Direction West
Best Surf Season Winter and Early Spring
Wave Quality Perfect, long lefts peel point break-style on north swells
The Surfers Very localized, crowded and competitive. Not for beginners.
Boards Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard
Paddle Out Can be tough
Skill Level Intermediate to Advanced
Bottom Sand
Watch Out For… Unfriendly locals
Water Condition Clean and clear
 

Delray Public Beach

Surf Location Half a mile south of Atlantic Ave. Red flags indicate the surf zone.
Best Swell Direction Northeast groundswell or big East-Southeast windswells
Best Tide Low to mid incoming
Best Wind Direction West
Best Surf Season Winter
Wave Quality Rarely breaks. Good form when it does.
The Surfers Strong local crowd with lots of out-of-town visitors on good days. Can get crowded.
Boards Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard
Paddle Out Easy on small, sloppy days, tougher with big swells
Skill Level Total Beginner to Advanced
Bottom Sand
Watch Out For… Nothing
Water Condition Clean and clear
 

Boca Raton Inlet – Boca Raton, FL

Surf Location Off of S. Ocean Blvd, halfway between Palmetto Park Rd and FL-810
Best Swell Direction Northeast groundswell, East windswell
Best Tide Incoming
Best Wind Direction West and East-Southeast
Best Surf Season Winter
Wave Quality Long rides with great form on north swells
The Surfers Localized, can get crowded on weekends, but mellow and spread out dring the week
Boards Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard
Paddle Out Pretty tough
Skill Level Intermediate to Advanced
Bottom Sand and some reef
Watch Out For… Reef, locals and sharks
Water Condition Clean and clear
 

Deerfield Beach, FL

Surf Location Right in the city, off of A1A
Best Swell Direction Northeast groundswell or big East-Southeast windswells
Best Tide Incoming
Best Wind Direction West
Best Surf Season Late Fall, Winter, Early Spring
Wave Quality Rarely breaks, sloppy
The Surfers Very crowded. Can get pretty competitive.
Boards Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Total Beginner to Advanced
Bottom Sand
Watch Out For… Nothing
Water Condition Clean and clear
 

Pompano Beach, FL

Surf Location Right in the city of Pompano. Easy beach access, but limited parking.
Best Swell Direction Northeast groundswell or big East-Southeast windswells
Best Tide Low incoming tide
Best Wind Direction West
Best Surf Season Late Fall, Winter, Spring
Wave Quality Rarely breaks. Good form when it goes.
The Surfers Not very crowded, mellow vibe
Boards Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard
Paddle Out Easy
Skill Level Total Beginner to Advanced
Bottom Sand
Watch Out For… Nothing
Water Condition Clean and clear
 

Haulover Inlet - Miami Beach, FL

Surf Location
Best Swell Direction Northeast groundswell or big East-Southeast windswells
Best Tide Incoming
Best Wind Direction West
Best Surf Season Late Fall, Winter, Early Spring
Wave Quality Rarely breaks. Sloppy on windswells. Good form on clean groundswells.
The Surfers Can get crowded. Mellow vibe.
Boards Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Total Beginner to Advanced
Bottom Sand
Watch Out For… Nothing
Water Condition Clean and clear
 

South Beach - Miami, FL

Surf Location
Best Swell Direction Needs a 0 degree North Swell
Best Tide Incoming
Best Wind Direction Northwest
Best Surf Season Winter
Wave Quality Rarely breaks, but when it does, it’s one of the best waves in Florida. Steep walls make big barrels and speedy rides.
The Surfers Very, very crowded. Can get pretty competitive.
Boards Shortboard, fish
Paddle Out Easy to Moderate
Skill Level Advanced
Bottom Hard-packed sand
Watch Out For… Locals, shallow sandbars
Water Condition Clean and clear
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