About Hampton Beach

Like The Wall, Main Beach (as in the main beach of the lovely town of Hampton Beach) is another sand-bottom beachbreak. It is slightly less consistent and far less crowded and watched over by the local crew. Absent of any bends, spits or elbows in the coast, Main Beach will become a closed-out mess at any real sniff of solid swell. And when it's winter and there are chunks of ice floating around the lineup, myriad closeouts sucks pretty bad.

And forget trying to go there during the summer months, as surfing is taboo. Instead, Main Beach becomes tourist central. The wave can actually become a great alternative to The Wall during the late fall and early spring months. Pick a peak and paddle out.

Source: Hampton Beach Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Beginner to advanced.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating


Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy


Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Can be pretty good on the right wind, swell and tide combination.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Pretty mellow in the summer but much worse in the winter when cold water and air necessitate full winter gear.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty


Additional Information


Watch for clean-up sets that can sweep you into seawall.


Easy in off-season. Forget it in summer.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish, bodyboard



Best Season

September through March

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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