About Nahant

The bending expanse of Nahant is basically average beachbreak, through it does offer some protection from southerly winds. If there’s a big swell in the water, Nahant Island will likely be the best wave of the bunch. The most consistently surfed spot on NE swells, through, is on the north side of the harbor, which offers the most protection from S winds.

Source: Nahant Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

This is not Massachusetts’ best beachbreak. That said, it is still a Massachusetts beachbreak. Adequate tuberiding skills required.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Normal deal, plus kiteboarding rules/etiquette.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

The colder and glassier it is, the more mellow it will be. Kiteboarders and windsurfers abound.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Massachusetts is a beachbreak goldmine if you know where you’re going. You could do a lot better than Nahant.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Not nearly as bad as it is at more exposed spots.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Historically passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time.

Additional Information


Sharks, hypothermia, rogue kiteboards.


Daily parking fees May-November, $10 state residents, $40 out-of-staters.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard, kiteboard


Sand and rock.

Best Season


Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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