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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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 Spring Lake

USA, North East, New Jersey

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 Access

From GSP, take "Wall Twp." exit and get on either Rt 34 (from GSP N) or Rt. 138 (from GSP S).

From Rt 34 head south and at the first traffic circle, follow signs to Spring Lake (exit 3/4 of the way around). Go straight until you get to Ocean Ave.

From Rt 138, head east to Rt. 35 S. Go up two lights (about 2-3 miles) and turn left. Keep going straight until you get to Ocean Ave.

English (Translate this text in English): From GSP, take &quot;Wall Twp.&quot; exit and get on either Rt 34 (from GSP N) or Rt. 138 (from GSP S).<br /><br />From Rt 34 head south and at the first traffic circle, follow signs to Spring Lake (exit 3/4 of the way around). Go straight until you get to Ocean Ave.<br /><br />From Rt 138, head east to Rt. 35 S. Go up two lights (about 2-3 miles) and turn left. Keep going straight until you get to Ocean Ave.

English (Translate this text in English): From GSP, take &amp;quot;Wall Twp.&amp;quot; exit and get on either Rt 34 (from GSP N) or Rt. 138 (from GSP S).&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;From Rt 34 head south and at the first traffic circle, follow signs to Spring Lake (exit 3&#47;4 of the way around). Go straight until you get to Ocean Ave.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;From Rt 138, head east to Rt. 35 S. Go up two lights (about 2-3 miles) and turn left. Keep going straight until you get to Ocean Ave.

English (Translate this text in English): From GSP, take &amp;amp;quot;Wall Twp.&amp;amp;quot; exit and get on either Rt 34 (from GSP N) or Rt. 138 (from GSP S).&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;From Rt 34 head south and at the first traffic circle, follow signs to Spring Lake (exit 3&amp;#47;4 of the way around). Go straight until you get to Ocean Ave.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;From Rt 138, head east to Rt. 35 S. Go up two lights (about 2-3 miles) and turn left. Keep going straight until you get to Ocean Ave.

DistanceTake a car

WalkInstant access (&lt; 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

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 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypeSand-bar

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful

Normal lengthShort (&lt; 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorthEast

Good wind directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+

Best tide positionLow and mid tide

Best tide movementFalling tide

More details

Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdFew surfers

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Rocks

 Additional Information

This spot does best on NE swells, but an S swell is just as good. Normally during the NE swells it lines up very well. It's a very, very shallow sandbar (sometimes less than a foot deep) and works best at low tide. At higher tides, it becomes a bit more mushy, slow, and breaks closer to shore. The best spots in this area are North End Pavillion (located on Tuttle Avenue), and the beach just to the left of the North End Pavillion, serving up rights going for 50-60+ yards. Since Spring Lake is all sandbars, the best spots are there the one day, and gone the next (since sand is constantly moving).

In the summer, it's very crowded and localized. In the winter, the spot is generally a lot better in terms of waves and crowds.

English (Translate this text in English): This spot does best on NE swells, but an S swell is just as good. Normally during the NE swells it lines up very well. It's a very, very shallow sandbar (sometimes less than a foot deep) and works best at low tide. At higher tides, it becomes a bit more mushy, slow, and breaks closer to shore. The best spots in this area are North End Pavillion (located on Tuttle Avenue), and the beach just to the left of the North End Pavillion, serving up rights going for 50-60+ yards. Since Spring Lake is all sandbars, the best spots are there the one day, and gone the next (since sand is constantly moving).<br /><br />In the summer, it's very crowded and localized. In the winter, the spot is generally a lot better in terms of waves and crowds.

English (Translate this text in English): This spot does best on NE swells, but an S swell is just as good. Normally during the NE swells it lines up very well. It's a very, very shallow sandbar (sometimes less than a foot deep) and works best at low tide. At higher tides, it becomes a bit more mushy, slow, and breaks closer to shore. The best spots in this area are North End Pavillion (located on Tuttle Avenue), and the beach just to the left of the North End Pavillion, serving up rights going for 50-60+ yards. Since Spring Lake is all sandbars, the best spots are there the one day, and gone the next (since sand is constantly moving).&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;In the summer, it's very crowded and localized. In the winter, the spot is generally a lot better in terms of waves and crowds.

English (Translate this text in English): This spot does best on NE swells, but an S swell is just as good. Normally during the NE swells it lines up very well. It's a very, very shallow sandbar (sometimes less than a foot deep) and works best at low tide. At higher tides, it becomes a bit more mushy, slow, and breaks closer to shore. The best spots in this area are North End Pavillion (located on Tuttle Avenue), and the beach just to the left of the North End Pavillion, serving up rights going for 50-60+ yards. Since Spring Lake is all sandbars, the best spots are there the one day, and gone the next (since sand is constantly moving).&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;In the summer, it's very crowded and localized. In the winter, the spot is generally a lot better in terms of waves and crowds.

Atmosphere

The atmosphere of this spot is very touristy, hot, and miserable in the summer, with New Yorkers crowding the beaches, and inexperienced surfers getting in your way. You can't surf wherever you want between the times of 9-5 because of the lifeguards that don't allow hardboards in certain areas. They designate you to a certain surfing beach, which is always crowded.

In the winter, it's very cold, isolated, and it makes you feel very adventurous to go to a spot like this. The water gets down to the 20s (Fahrenheit) in the winter, which obviously cuts down the crowd by a lot (:

You'll often get many solo-sessions in the winter with 8-foot spitting barrels.
There is very little locaism, and it is a mellow spot.

English (Translate this text in English): The atmosphere of this spot is very touristy, hot, and miserable in the summer, with New Yorkers crowding the beaches, and inexperienced surfers getting in your way. You can't surf wherever you want between the times of 9-5 because of the lifeguards that don't allow hardboards in certain areas. They designate you to a certain surfing beach, which is always crowded.<br /><br />In the winter, it's very cold, isolated, and it makes you feel very adventurous to go to a spot like this. The water gets down to the 20s (Fahrenheit) in the winter, which obviously cuts down the crowd by a lot (:<br /><br />You'll often get many solo-sessions in the winter with 8-foot spitting barrels.<br />There is very little locaism, and it is a mellow spot.

English (Translate this text in English): The atmosphere of this spot is very touristy, hot, and miserable in the summer, with New Yorkers crowding the beaches, and inexperienced surfers getting in your way. You can't surf wherever you want between the times of 9-5 because of the lifeguards that don't allow hardboards in certain areas. They designate you to a certain surfing beach, which is always crowded.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;In the winter, it's very cold, isolated, and it makes you feel very adventurous to go to a spot like this. The water gets down to the 20s (Fahrenheit) in the winter, which obviously cuts down the crowd by a lot (:&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;You'll often get many solo-sessions in the winter with 8-foot spitting barrels.&lt;br &#47;&gt;There is very little locaism, and it is a mellow spot.

English (Translate this text in English): The atmosphere of this spot is very touristy, hot, and miserable in the summer, with New Yorkers crowding the beaches, and inexperienced surfers getting in your way. You can't surf wherever you want between the times of 9-5 because of the lifeguards that don't allow hardboards in certain areas. They designate you to a certain surfing beach, which is always crowded.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;In the winter, it's very cold, isolated, and it makes you feel very adventurous to go to a spot like this. The water gets down to the 20s (Fahrenheit) in the winter, which obviously cuts down the crowd by a lot (:&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;You'll often get many solo-sessions in the winter with 8-foot spitting barrels.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;There is very little locaism, and it is a mellow spot.

General

I think this spot probably fits my style the best. It's ideal to practice your tuberiding, aerials, and floaters because it is so fast and powerful.

English (Translate this text in English): I think this spot probably fits my style the best. It's ideal to practice your tuberiding, aerials, and floaters because it is so fast and powerful.

English (Translate this text in English): I think this spot probably fits my style the best. It's ideal to practice your tuberiding, aerials, and floaters because it is so fast and powerful.

English (Translate this text in English): I think this spot probably fits my style the best. It's ideal to practice your tuberiding, aerials, and floaters because it is so fast and powerful.

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By Chris , 06-08-2006

LOCALISM?? - I thought I would try surfing here in the east coast, since I have now lived here for three years and I have heard there are some decent waves. Many of my summers have been spent going to the various islands around hawaii, as I go with my family and surf with the locals. In my time at the the best surf spots in the world, at some of the most isolated islands, where there are actually hawaiin "rednecks," I have made many friends with the locals. The locals in hawaii have always been friendly, and respectful, they respect the water and anyone with the guts to get in it.And then I am on this website and I hear about fights over brown 3ft.(on a good day)waves? What is that all about? I think it is made up, mostly by wanna-be surfers who think thats how surfers act on the west coast and elsewhere. Its lame, purely lame, defeats the whole purpose of getting in the water and makes New Jersey look bad. If I need to take a baseball bat with me to surf in New Jersey, I think I might stay home and wait for my annual two weeks in Hawaii.

By anonymous , 07-10-2005

SQUARED WORLD - CHECK OUT WWW.SQUARED.TV CRAZY STUFF GOING ON AS THIS UNDERGROUND GROUP OF ARTIST, MUSICIANS, AND SURFERS ARE GROWING IN POPULARITY AT A FAST RATE.CHECK IT OUT. NOW. WWW.SQUARED.TV

By David Eggars , 24-08-2005

Salt Water Can Freeze IDIOT - Wow, just by your grammar and spelling you really shouldn't be calling anybody out on any type of intellectual debate. SALT WATER can and does freeze. Have you ever seen the bay frozen? If you haven't, then you obviously have never been at the coast of New Jersey during the winter. Guess what type of water occupies the bay - that's right salt water. Salt water and fresh water differ. One aspect in which they contrast is the temperature at which they freeze. Fresh water freezes at 32 and salt water HAS THE ABILITY to freeze at either 27 or 29(sorry I forget which temp is correct). The bay freezes at cold temps easily because there is no motion. Surfers in New England sometimes share the line up with with miny iceburgs. Don't believe me? Then do some research, FAG. God, there are really some stupid, stupid people out there.

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