About Ponce Inlet (New Smyrna)

New Smyrna Beach, on the south side of Ponce Inlet, is the most consistent surf break in Florida, if not the entire East Coast. When the whole world is flat, you can usually find a wave here. Furthermore, people flock to fill the miles of beach between the entrance and the Inlet — enough space that driving on the sand is not only necessary, it's encouraged. The water isn't any less clogged. While there's space to spread out, there's usually a surfer at every hole. NSB is best on NE to ENE swells with incoming tide; however, it works on most anything and can actually boost the size a bit. It may be one-foot along the beach, but right next to the Inlet it may be three times the size. At lower tides on bigger swells, waves often break on the far outside sandbar, called Shark Shallows.

Source: Ponce Inlet (New Smyrna) Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

High performance wave, so best for the more experienced surfers at the better peaks. Plenty of area to spread out though especially to the south.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Oh yeah, give them space.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Packed with surfers from all over.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

A frame wedgey peak playground, super consistent and rarely flat. Easy to surf but not a spot for newer surfers.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Higher than normal for paddle battles alone.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Clean for the most part.

Additional Information


Sharks, locals, speeding cars -- keep your eyes peeled from the beach to the peak.


Drive on the beach, but don't park too close to the dunes or you will be ticketed.

Bring Your




Best Season

Waves all year but fall/winter best

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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