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  • Jordan Hinsch

The Best Places to Surf on Long Island



I live in Miami but I still call Long Island home. I was fortunate to spend the last 5 years of my Long Island life in Long Beach, where I learned how to paddle board and eventually paddle surf. I've managed to surf many locations in the area and here is the list of The Best Places to Surf on Long Island.


Gear


First, be sure to prepare yourself with surf gear you'll need.

  • Don't forget to surf with a GoPro to capture your rides!

  • In order to experience the best surfing on Long Island, you have to own a wetsuit.

  • And of you course you'll need board shorts or a bikini for the summer.


The Best Places to Surf on Long Island



Rockaway Beach


Where exactly? 92nd Street is the best spot. Look for nice breaks in the winter. It can get very crowded due to it's close proximity to public transportation from the 5 boroughs.


Parking: Free if you can find a spot.


Surf Forecast: Click here


Long Beach (West End)

Where exactly? The break is relatively similar all throughout the West End due to jetties at every other block. My favorite is between Indiana Ave and Connecticut Ave. In the summer you can't surf anywhere you want to though, there is 1 or 2 designated surfing areas.


Parking: Free if you can find a spot. The summer is difficult!


Surf Forecast: Click here



Long Beach (Lincoln)


Where exactly? Anywhere along the boardwalk, but Lincoln is where the surf cam is!


Parking: Free if you can find a spot.


Surf Forecast: Click here


Lido Beach


Where exactly? Just north of where you'll park is the best spot. There is only one way to access the beach, so just head to your left.


Parking: Plenty of space in the lot. Sometimes the gate is closed at first light.


Surf Forecast: Click here


Gilgo Beach


Where exactly? Same break anywhere.


Parking: Plenty of space in the lot. Not usually free.


Surf Forecast: Click here


Democrat Point


Where exactly? Near the jetty, or wherever you can find a spot. It gets crowded sometimes. This is one of the best-kept secrets in the entire northeast. (shhh)


Parking: Off-Road permit required. Parking is on the sand!


Surf Forecast: Unavailable, but most use Fair Harbor's cam.



Robert State Park


Where exactly? Similar to Gilgo's break. Field 4 is usually the best. You can't surf everywhere though.


Parking: Plenty of space in the lot. Not free.


Surf Forecast: Click here


Montauk (Ditch Plains)


Where exactly? Consistently rated one of the best surf towns in the US. Cliffs and great waves. Closest commercial airport is 2 hours away, but the drive is worth it.


Parking: Free if you can find a spot.


Surf Forecast: Click here



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Hey! I'm Jordan, a native New Yorker who is addicted to adventure travel, photography, content creation, investing, and fitness. Read on, enjoy, and Never Run Out of First Times!