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Go to Island Beach State Park, then go all the way down to A-23. use your 4x4 or hop a ride with a fisherman if you lucky and head south along the beach. Cant miss it when u see it.
DistanceTake a car
WalkLong walk (>30 mn)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Wave qualityRegional Classic
DirectionRight and left
PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast
Good wind directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest, SouthEast, East
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementRising tide
Week-end crowdFew surfers
- Rips / undertow
Park your car and get ready for a hike. The jetty is 2-3 more miles south of the parking spot with no roads to get there. The wave can get epic with the right conditions. It is best for rights with it tubing on a good day for 25 yards or so. Look to get there on the rising tide and watch out for fishermen they will hook you. Make sure you swimming ability is good because the nearest lifegaurds are 12 miles away. During 'cane season it is best producing overhead to double overhead swells.
This is a IBSP favorite and not many know about it. There is never a crowd in the water, except holiday weekends. The vibe is relaxed and mellow and the locals dont seem to travel down that far. There are a few over zealous lifeguards but prove you can rip and your set
This is my favorite spot during a N'easter and huricanes. Hidden wonder of the Jersey shore
By jersey boy , 02-06-2010
not worth the walk - 30 min walk down the beach, fisherman trying to snag u from the jetty, rocks, rips, and right around the corner from toms river, where that great white killed a bunch of people all within a couple weeks back in the day. wouldnt go back, waves werent any better than the sand bars all the way up and down the state park beach anyway
By Ray Andreola , 07-08-2007
Surfed it in '74! - Wolfman and I used to fish Island Beach all the time, and we would always check out the inlet to figure out what the best conditions would be to surf it. Finally, one day on a clean northeast groundswell with a light southwest wind, the rights on the northern side of the inlet, about a quarter-mile out past the submerged rocks beyond the end of the north jetty, perfect 4-6' lines peeling for two hundred yards with makeable sections. Dammit, I wish I took photos...one of the best surf sessions I ever had in NJ, and that's coming from someone who lived from '62 to '86 a two-minute walk down the street from Casino Pier SSH. Good luck catching it, and if you do, take photos, cuz it doesn't get good very often.
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