Referred to as Bass Beach on most maps, this wave is one of New Hampshire’s favorites. Drastic changes to the wave’s personality occur throughout the tide, and size will determine whether you get a long, workable wall (when it’s bigger) or a fat shoulder (when it’s smaller). High tide is generally a slow cutback fest, while either side of dead low transforms Rye into a ledgy, growling, hollow pit that demands skilled take-offs. Mid tide will combine the above conditions. Too much N in the swell won’t do it any favors, but E or SE will get it firing.
The handful of parking spots in front of the break are usually taken by the constant stream of high tide longboarders.