About Indian Rocks

Indian Rocks Beach may not be the Gulf's best surf spot, but the waves are pretty consistent, dump hard on the inside and can put a big hurt on the unaware. With access at the end of most streets, there are plenty of places to surf, though the favorites shift with sand. Fortunately, all you have to do is drive south on Gulf Boulevard and stop periodically to see what's over the dune line. As a rule, the breaks north of Central tend to be better on a N swell, while south of Central is better on a S swell. The spots all go by the names of the streets that access them: 6th Avenue, 4th Avenue, 2nd Avenue, Central…

Source: Indian Rocks Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv


Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating


Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy


Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

This area used to be a reliable cold front spot but widening of the beaches has crushed what once was. Worth a check if in the area, there is surf, and you are pressed for time.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Easy most days, can be a little more challenging on the bigger windswell days.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Outside of occasional red tide outbreaks, water is usually clean.

Additional Information


Just your standard selection of sharks, rays and jellies.


Public parking but limited spaces at each access.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, skimming



Best Season

Fall-Spring, Hurricane

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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