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 Intimidating

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

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Can be heavy, usually the heaviest around.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Good lefts are frequent, can be really fun.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

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

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Fairly clean even with the close proximity to the Hudson.

Additional Information


Inexperienced surfers and lessons are the main hazard.


Easy with street parking and subway stations nearby

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard, bodyboard



Best Season

September through March

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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