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Latitude: 41° 28.081' N
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Once in Newport find Ruggles Ave. off of Bellevue, where all the mansions are. You have to climb down the wall (no stairs).
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityRegional Classic
PowerFast, Powerful, Fun
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell directionSouth, SouthEast
Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest, West, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 5m / 16 ft and over
Best tide positionMid tide
Best tide movementRising tide
The parking is designated for those with fishing stickers and Newport Residential stickers so watch out for tickets. Parking can be found on the streets around Ruggles. Ruggles is a right that breaks during any large swell. There are lots of large rocks in the takeoff area, the farthest point, and the most frequent point, creates a large barrel with sometimes spit on most days right on top of a group of rocks.
This is the wave that has gained much fame and popularity and can get pretty crowded, so use your judgement and don't surf this wave if you aren't experienced. You can also guess that this is a locals wave, so once again use your judgement.
Ruggles lies on the cliff walk and is accompanied by Newport's famous mansions. Tourists love to walk along here and are amazed when they see surfers on big days in cold water.
This is a great right, one of the best waves on the East Coast.
By Anonymous , 02-07-2009
longboard - i'm a local and i surf ruggles with my bic longboard. 225lbs can't surf anything under 7' or i'll sink/break it. easy on the longboard comments.
By Water Brothers Worldwide , 25-11-2008
The Girls of 2008... - Thank you to Berta, Hannah and Barbara for the best summer of waves in 40 years. To all the boys at ruggles, come visit us at The Ranch, La Saladita, Mexico... next Summer 2009. See You in September... Ruggles Rats Gone West!
By Matthew Hahn , 03-09-2008
WOW - This is a truly amazing thread here, I've never seen such bickering. I'm a traveling surfer myself (military, it comes with the job...) and had the opportunity to score some waves in RI yesterday. I won't name the spots out of respect, but I will say that the real surfers of RI are much different from the kooks posting here. It's just like anywhere else, you must understand the fact that the locals have a certain degree of priority because it's their home, and they will in turn probably respect that you have done that and not hassle you...and everyone has fun and gets some good waves. The East coast is a little different. I grew up in MD, but have since lived in CA, HI, Guam, and visited many other places, and of everywhere I went, I seemed to find places that get swell all the time. The East coast RARELY gets good swell, but when it does, the locals are stoked more than anywhere else that I've seen. So your best bet is to stay away from crowded spots during hurricane season, and don't create problems. The locals have waited to long to have chick drama in the lineup instead of Aloha and enjoyment of riding waves. And, if anyone who surfed with me out at #@$#%$^@^$, I'm the Navy guy from Saratoga Springs, thanks for the kindness you guys showed. There's a lot of aloha in Rhode Island, you guys rock.
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