About Hudson Ave

Rich in New Jersey surfing history, Long Beach Island is an 18-mile stretch of sand that can supply some of the best and most diverse surf in the state. From the north end to the south end and everything in between, LBI holds something for every level of surfer. With one of the widest swell windows in the state, if there is swell in the water, there will be waves. That being said, the surf quality for most of the island has been downgraded since most of the jetties and groins have been covered by large beach replenishment projects. That has left only a handfull of consistent spots that are often crowded on any decent day - even in the winter. LBI can do well on almost any type of swell the Atlantic can throw at it. But if you luck into a shorter-to-mid period combo swell with NW winds, you wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

Source: Hudson Ave Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

All surfers in the summer, intermediate to advanced otherwise.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Plenty of room to find your space, except for a handful spots.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Hit-or-miss, crowded in the summer but empty in winter.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

One of the better stretches of sand for surfing in the state.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Depends on the swell and sandbar - ranges from easy in summer to very hard in winter.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Pretty clean overall.

Additional Information


Shallow bottom, rip currents, wildlife.


Hit-or-miss street parking depending on the town but plenty of beach access.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard, bodyboard



Best Season

September through March

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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