About Cocoa Beach

Known previously as Canaveral Pier and now as Cocoa Beach Pier, this cradle of East Coast professional surfing made its name in the '60s and remains a longboard haven supported by the regular crew drawn to its long, crumbly lines in between the many surf contests that run here every year. Chances are you won't get barreled at Cocoa Beach Pier, since it's typically top-to-middle at best. However, like most of Cocoa Beach, the Pier remains a great place to score waves at high tide, when South Brevard's more critical breaks can doze for hours. More importantly, the Pier offers surfers the only wind shelter between Sebastian Inlet and Jetty Park.

Source: Cocoa Beach Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Surf is generally suitable for all skill levels.

Local Vibe

Welcoming

Welcoming Intimidating

Pretty mellow overall.

Crowd Factor

Moderate

Mellow Heavy

Can get crowded but it is spread out.

Spot Rating

Poor

Poor Perfect

Good spot for beginners and newer surfers. There is a lot of surf history here, take some time to learn it and get the full experience.

Shoulder Burn

Light

Light Exhausting

Easy but can get more challenging on bigger days.

Water Quality

Fair

Clean Dirty

Can get murky with tons of large boat traffic in and out of Port Canaveral. This is a cruise ship port.

Additional Information

Hazards

Pier pilings, discarded mini cocktail umbrellas, heckling from people on the pier.

Access

Plenty of easy parking, but you have to pay for the main lot.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish, bodyboard, skimming, bodysurfing

Seabed

Sand

Best Season

Fall-Spring, Hurricane

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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