Written by: Jenna Yesenosky
If you ask someone to name one summer activity, the first thing they will think of is most likely surfing. Who can blame them? Nothing is more refreshing on a hot summer day than getting knocked over by a huge wave. It may not be the most fun way to cool off, but it sure is effective! If you’re looking to test the waters this summer, here are Pinkly Perfect’s Three Best Surfing Beaches in America.
Ocean City, New Jersey
One of the best surfing beaches on the East Coast is right in our backyard. Beautiful Ocean City, New Jersey is not only notorious for its family vibe, but it also has a pretty serious surf record. Ocean City High School has won eight consecutive championships for the state of New Jersey, which is a testament to the kind of surf culture the town has. Ocean City is quaint, but if you’re looking to do something a little crazier you can easily access the wildest place on the coast, Atlantic City (check out our article on fun things to do there if you’re under 21), which is just a short drive away. As for the actual surfing, relative to any other New Jersey and most other East Coast surf spots, Ocean City is the most consistent, uncrowded, and predictable. One caveat that Ocean City has compared to the West Coast is the fluctuating weather. New Jersey has a lot going for it, but the winter months are not one of them. I suggest surfing in December, but only if you’re a member of the Polar Bear Club.
Santa Cruz, California
When one thinks of surfing, they normally think of California right away, and for good reason. Santa Cruz’s waves are among the best in the world; they’re big and easy to ride almost every day of the year. As for the culture, Santa Cruz is a beautiful suburban city that is just a short car ride away from San Francisco, one of the West Coast’s most bustling cities. Santa Cruz is full of hidden alcoves and exclusive spots, so it’s perfect for the surfer who’s bored of the same old, same old. Just be careful of sharks!
No surf-beach list is complete without the place that practically invented surfing: Hawaii. The Rainbow State is notorious for its beautiful beaches and gnarly waves, and Haleiwa is no exception. The best surfing season of the North Shore is September through May, which gives you plenty of time to master your skills before the summer rolls around. Haleiwa is not a place for beginners, though, since it is known for its potentially life threatening waves and shallow spots. If you’re daring enough to face it, Haleiwa is a quiet town during the off season perfect for low key riding and a busy venue during the contest season great for scoping out talent. The North Shore itself is calm, but Honolulu, the tourist capital of Hawaii, is a hop, skip, and a jump away!
Whether you’re a West Coast surfer or an East Coast beach bunny, America is full of amazing surf spots that are unique in their own way. Any of these fantastic spots would be the perfect place to kick back, soak up some sun, and ride some waves. Let us know in the comments section which beach you’re most excited to check out this summer! 🙂