Hurricane season in the autumn brings the best swell to New York and New Jersey. Winter is equally consistent with north-easterly storms tracking up the Atlantic coast. Temperatures drop to little above freezing in the winter. Summer is obviously warmer but less consistent, bringing beach restrictions and poor surf. A thriving surfing community has existed since the area was first surfed by Duke Kahanamoku in 1912. Facing west and south-west New Jersey's southern reaches are more widely surfed than the northern areas excluding the famous Sandy Hook point-break. New York on the other hand has mainly south-west facing beach breaks some right on the city's fringe. The Montauk area has possibly the most consistent waves.
Surf camps can offer a variety of types of accommodation such as apartments, hotels, rooms, camping or dormitories together with food, surf lessons and group activities. Often included are guided surf tours of the best local spots along with surf hire, videos, photography, professional coaching and even some night life.