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 Intimidating

Pretty mellow overall.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Can get crowded but it is spread out.

Spot Rating


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 Exhausting

Easy but can get more challenging on bigger days.

Water Quality


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


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


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

Bring Your

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



Best Season

Fall-Spring, Hurricane

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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