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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 LBI - Oysters

USA, North East, New Jersey

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 Access

Take Route 72 to Bay Ave. Proceed to LBI Boulevard. Park your car and look for nearest access to beach. This is private beach access area so homeowners won't be happy; so make sure you are stealth.

English (Translate this text in English): Take Route 72 to Bay Ave. Proceed to LBI Boulevard. Park your car and look for nearest access to beach. This is private beach access area so homeowners won't be happy; so make sure you are stealth.

English (Translate this text in English): Take Route 72 to Bay Ave. Proceed to LBI Boulevard. Park your car and look for nearest access to beach. This is private beach access area so homeowners won't be happy; so make sure you are stealth.

English (Translate this text in English): Take Route 72 to Bay Ave. Proceed to LBI Boulevard. Park your car and look for nearest access to beach. This is private beach access area so homeowners won't be happy; so make sure you are stealth.

DistanceDay trip

WalkGood walk (15-30 mn)

Easy to find?OK

Public access?Private access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyRarely break (5day/year)

Wave

TypeBreakwater/jetty

DirectionRight and left

BottomFlat rocks

PowerPowerful, Ledgey

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast

Good wind directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.5m-2m /5ft-6ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft

Best tide positionMid tide

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdFew surfers

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Rocks
- Private beach
- Localism
- Sharks

 Additional Information

This spot is pretty tough to find because of its infrequency to break. When it breaks, don't expect locals to tell you where it is since it is kind of special when it happens. The swell comes out of deepwater and ledges up on a shelf that spills over into a pretty classic wave. It has to be a pretty big clean groundswell which is usually the time when other waves are also working, but closing out. Probably holds some of the largest waves in NJ when it is actually breaking.

English (Translate this text in English): This spot is pretty tough to find because of its infrequency to break. When it breaks, don't expect locals to tell you where it is since it is kind of special when it happens. The swell comes out of deepwater and ledges up on a shelf that spills over into a pretty classic wave. It has to be a pretty big clean groundswell which is usually the time when other waves are also working, but closing out. Probably holds some of the largest waves in NJ when it is actually breaking.

English (Translate this text in English): This spot is pretty tough to find because of its infrequency to break. When it breaks, don't expect locals to tell you where it is since it is kind of special when it happens. The swell comes out of deepwater and ledges up on a shelf that spills over into a pretty classic wave. It has to be a pretty big clean groundswell which is usually the time when other waves are also working, but closing out. Probably holds some of the largest waves in NJ when it is actually breaking.

English (Translate this text in English): This spot is pretty tough to find because of its infrequency to break. When it breaks, don't expect locals to tell you where it is since it is kind of special when it happens. The swell comes out of deepwater and ledges up on a shelf that spills over into a pretty classic wave. It has to be a pretty big clean groundswell which is usually the time when other waves are also working, but closing out. Probably holds some of the largest waves in NJ when it is actually breaking.

Atmosphere

LBI is a barrier island which usually has a bit more exposure to swell than some other surf towns in the state of NJ. This spot in particular has its moments. It would be very prudent to avoid confrontation with local police and residents on this private beach stretch...the locals know their way around this. Some heavies who'd rather surf warm water on winter sojourns to big wave winter spots like Hawaii will even wax up semi-guns to stroke into some of these late fall & winter gems. Be cool to them, some guys have had some heavy confrontations in the past...particularly with some guy named Stevo and Flex.

English (Translate this text in English): LBI is a barrier island which usually has a bit more exposure to swell than some other surf towns in the state of NJ. This spot in particular has its moments. It would be very prudent to avoid confrontation with local police and residents on this private beach stretch...the locals know their way around this. Some heavies who'd rather surf warm water on winter sojourns to big wave winter spots like Hawaii will even wax up semi-guns to stroke into some of these late fall & winter gems. Be cool to them, some guys have had some heavy confrontations in the past...particularly with some guy named Stevo and Flex.

English (Translate this text in English): LBI is a barrier island which usually has a bit more exposure to swell than some other surf towns in the state of NJ. This spot in particular has its moments. It would be very prudent to avoid confrontation with local police and residents on this private beach stretch...the locals know their way around this. Some heavies who'd rather surf warm water on winter sojourns to big wave winter spots like Hawaii will even wax up semi-guns to stroke into some of these late fall & winter gems. Be cool to them, some guys have had some heavy confrontations in the past...particularly with some guy named Stevo and Flex.

English (Translate this text in English): LBI is a barrier island which usually has a bit more exposure to swell than some other surf towns in the state of NJ. This spot in particular has its moments. It would be very prudent to avoid confrontation with local police and residents on this private beach stretch...the locals know their way around this. Some heavies who'd rather surf warm water on winter sojourns to big wave winter spots like Hawaii will even wax up semi-guns to stroke into some of these late fall & winter gems. Be cool to them, some guys have had some heavy confrontations in the past...particularly with some guy named Stevo and Flex.

General

It can be as good as anywhere in the state when its breaking...unfortunately that isn't all that much....probably just adds to its lure...probably just better that way.

English (Translate this text in English): It can be as good as anywhere in the state when its breaking...unfortunately that isn't all that much....probably just adds to its lure...probably just better that way.

English (Translate this text in English): It can be as good as anywhere in the state when its breaking...unfortunately that isn't all that much....probably just adds to its lure...probably just better that way.

English (Translate this text in English): It can be as good as anywhere in the state when its breaking...unfortunately that isn't all that much....probably just adds to its lure...probably just better that way.

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By anonymous , 22-05-2006

Local boy - Why don't we go for a ride through North Philadelphia or Chester, that should give u homo locals a reason to wet ur pants. Just surf, shut up and be nice, toughguy

By anonymous , 27-04-2005

Shoobies and Bennies Stay Out - Below sea level? Whale's Tale? Oysters? This is all a cyber wave of myth and lies from the uninformed shoobies and bennies. Leave the legendary LBI to its local boys.

By lbi is below sea level , 02-04-2005

lbi sucks - lbi has some of the worst surf in jersey, one long island that faces one direction, crappy dumpy sandbar with only a few spots that take a swell and get crowded, if it happens to get good there are other spots elsewhere in NJ that will be MUCH BETTER.

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