Surfing in the Atlantic

by Jenna Payesko

Oct 24, 2016

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Trends / Adventure

While surfing is synonymous with the west coast, Atlantic surf sports are typically underrated. The East Coast communities are the highest tides in the world, amid white picket fences and quaint homes. The Atlantic Ocean has some of the most challenging waves for surfers to try.


The Outer Banks, N.C., is the epicenter where the cold current meets the warm Gulf Stream, producing intense currents and wind patterns. This stretch of beach gets all four seasons, so if you plan on visiting in the winter don’t forget to pack a wetsuit.


Not too far from Outer Banks, you’ll find Virginia Beach. The Chesapeake Bay, Resort Area and Sandbridge make up 35 miles of the coastline. Virginia Beach, home of the East Coast Surfing Championships, has a number of surf schools and shops. Also common is stand-up paddle boarding and parasailing.


East Coast’s Surf City, Cocoa Beach, names its surf breaks after nearby landmarks or unique features. This surfing hot spot is home to six-time World Champion Kelley Slater and Ron Jons — you guessed it, the world’s most famous surf shop.


The Jersey Shore, who’s reputation was misinterpreted by the MTV show, was once a prime surfing location. In 1912, Duke Kahanamoku, Olympic athlete and influential surfer, once hit these waters. If you’re a novice or advanced, everyone can find something on these 130 miles of shoreline. Experienced surfers will best enjoy Manasquan Inlet, an advanced site that hosts surfing contests year-round.


Behind some of the East Coast’s most historic and lavish mansions in Rhode Island, you’ll find Ruggles, a surf mecca. This big-wave surf spot has exposed reef and wave breaks far out. Ruggles is for those with advanced boarding experience as the farthest point out is famous for large waves that curve themselves into sizable barrels you can slide right through.



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