Ashdod Spot Guide

About Ashdod

From the Ashdod Industrial Harbor in the north to the Marina of Ashdod in the south, the city of Ashdod is home to some of Israel’s best beachbreak surf, divided into three general spots: 1. Just next to the harbor’s jetty is The Shover (Hebrew for jetty), a sometimes-barreling right point that can turn into a world-class wave when the bank gets enough sand from the close-by Lachish River — best on ENE winds, but can handle N-NW; 2. In the middle, Lido Beach’s scattered A-frames break from knee to head-high, a bit more on the clean days, and work on any wind under 15kts; 3. Protected by the marina on the far south side is Hakshatot Beach, which can handle strong (25kt+) southerly winds and more size than most spots in Israel. The entire stretch is a bit more oriented towards the north, so it can handle NW swells, as well.

Source: Ashdod Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Suitable for all levels on the smaller days, but can get quite hectic on the bigger, stormier days.

Local Vibe

Intimidating

Welcoming Intimidating

The Shover: Hungry, aggressive and competitive, it’s a hard spot to get a wave at; Lido Beach: Wide beaches create mellow vibes; Hakshatot Beach: Can get a bit competitive when it’s on.

Crowd Factor

Moderate

Mellow Heavy

The Shover can get quite crowded and hectic; Lido Beach is pretty mellow as it offers a few breaks; Hakshatot Beach can get crowded as it’s the only spot around that can handle big, stormy conditions.

Spot Rating

Perfect

Poor Perfect

From knee-high to double-overhead, there’s always a good sandbar on Ashdod’s 2.5km stretch of coast.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

Light Exhausting

The Shover is an easy paddle if you stick to the harbor jetty; Lido Beach can be a long paddle on proper days; Hakshatot Beach can be a hard paddle on big, stormy days even with the marina jetty.

Water Quality

Fair

Clean Dirty

It can get bad during the winter months.

Additional Information

Hazards

Strong currents on stormy days.

Access

Plenty of free parking lots across the entire stretch of coast.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard

Seabed

Sand.

Best Season

The Shover: November-May; Lido Beach: all; Hakshatot Beach: December-March.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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