The Surf Pronounced 'Joisey' by the locals, it boasts the most powerful, challenging beachbreaks on the East Coast. Long, straight barrier islands, punctuated by frequent inlets or jetties, are home to one of the largest East Coast surfing populations. Extending south from Sandy Hook, hundreds of jetties focus swells into classy waves for the hordes of beach culturists who live in this largely built-up area. The deep-water entrance to Manasquan Inlet, generally regarded as the most testing and tantalizing wave on the eastern seaboard, can focus and handle the biggest swells thrown at it. Seaside is a circus of humanity with excellent waves to boot, while Long Beach Island has a reputation for grinding barrels and protective locals. Atlantic City is where the casinos meet the coast and where you can also bet on finding some decent waves. The southern tip of Cape May provides shelter from the howling winds of the winter nor'easters and attracts a big contingent of Jersey surfers when conditions dictate.