About Long Beach (West End)

Perhaps not as popular as the event-decorated Long Beach beachbreaks of Lincoln or Laurelton, the West End nonetheless faces pretty much the same direction, if not a lil’ SW, and pretty much has the same jetty/groin setups. And the hollow lefts rifling off the rocks at low tide can feel similar. The West End operates on hurricane swells and nor'easters alike, but can perhaps handle NE winds better than other New York beachbreaks, its jetties sometimes organizing storm surf into peaky fun. A good spot to check when the rest of Long Island is maxed out.

Source: Long Beach (West End) Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Everyone, from posers to pros, depending on the wave size and the water temperature.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Long Beach is one of the most hardcore surf towns on the East Coast. It didn’t get that way by being sweet.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

It can get pretty crowded, especially during surf school season.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

A dependable beachbreak that can fire at will — like a retirement home for aging rippers who can’t handle Lido beatings anymore.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

There’s usually a fair bit of sweep on big swells. That’s why the groins were built, right?

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

When it comes to pollution, well, the Big Apple is not that far away. However, this spot historically passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time.

Additional Information


Debris, hypothermia.


Metered parking.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard, bodyboard


Sand with a bit of jetty crud.

Best Season


Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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