About Rockaway

Being the closest consistently surfable spot to New York City, Rockaway is the most popular day trip for city surfers. The beach is easily accessible by the city train system. The west-end towns of Breezy Point and Bell Harbor are nice areas with excellent surf. The Ramones hitched a ride to 92nd Street in the '70s, and it remains the most popular spot in Rockaway. A long jetty creates a hollow takeoff, followed by fast, grinding lefts walls. Once the poster child for polluted lineups, legislation over the last couple decades has cleaned things up dramatically. But it's still New York, so, for heaven's sake, be careful.

Source: Rockaway Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Any and all, from newbies to rippers

Local Vibe

Welcoming

Welcoming Intimidating

Mellow to moderate on most days but can get heavy on good swells.

Crowd Factor

Heavy

Mellow Heavy

Can be heavy, usually the heaviest around.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

Good lefts are frequent, can be really fun.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

Light Exhausting

Mostly mellow, but can be tough on big days - hop in the rip current next to the groin.

Water Quality

Clean

Clean Dirty

Fairly clean even with the close proximity to the Hudson.

Additional Information

Hazards

Inexperienced surfers and lessons are the main hazard.

Access

Easy with street parking and subway stations nearby

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard, bodyboard

Seabed

Sand

Best Season

September through March

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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