About St Pete Beach

Besides being the final surf option north of Champa Bay, Upham Beach is also one of West Florida's best pointbreaks. On a good day, Upham can produce 100-yard-long rides. A classic right that peels slowly and holds its power all the way into the beach, Upham's best wave comes on a NW swell and is rideable anywhere over two-feet.

Source: St Pete Beach Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Any

Local Vibe

Welcoming

Welcoming Intimidating

Nostalgic.

Crowd Factor

Heavy

Mellow Heavy

Crowded when it's breaking.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

Another key spot in the Pinellas County area, this is usually a post frontal windswell spots. Soft and slow, this wave attracts a crowd, but it's not as good as it was back in the 80's.

Shoulder Burn

Light

Light Exhausting

Easy most days, can be a little more challenging on the bigger windswell days.

Water Quality

Clean

Clean Dirty

Outside of occasional red tide outbreaks, water is usually clean.

Additional Information

Hazards

Getting run over - it gets crowded

Access

Public

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, skimming

Seabed

Sand and rocks

Best Season

Fall-Spring, Hurricane

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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