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.
Schools with qualified surf instructors offering lessons and courses with equipment hire to individuals or groups, whether you are a total beginner, an intermediate surfer or an experienced surfer looking to improve your ability.