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Route 64 east to Va Beach. Go to the extreme southern end of Virginia Beach and follow the signs to Sandbridge Beach. Little Island State Park at the southern end of Sandbridbe has a surfing only area and a swimming/bodysurfing area divided by a fishing pier.
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
DirectionRight and left
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionNorth, South, SouthEast, NorthEast
Good wind directionWest, South
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+
Best tide positionLow and mid tide
Best tide movementRising tide
Week crowdFew surfers
Week-end crowdFew surfers
- Rips / undertow
Once in Sandbridge, drive to Little Island Park(3.5 miles south) to public beach access. Rest rooms and showers provided. Surfing area is north of the pier. Surfers should stay at least 50 yards from pier or people fishing get angry. Usually a sandbar is built up at the end of the peir and has a nice left on south swell.
Sandbridge is a barrier island similar top the Outer Banks. Some excellent surfers ride Sandbridge, from the North End to Little Island; Lifeguards are stationed at both ends. About half way down to the park, most experienced surfers park and walk on the beach, or they continue on to Little Island. Best waves come in late summer/fall during the hurricane season. Sandbars shift from season to season and rips can be dangerous.
It is a vacation spot where families rent beach houses or homeowners get away from the madness of the Va Bch oceanfront. The southern end of Sandbridge is a pristine environment with no houses or man made obstructions. Back Bay National Wildlife Sanctuary is west and south of Little Island. Show respect and you will be rewarded with a great time in a beautiful natural setting.
Sandbridge is one of the prettiest places in Virginia, especially during the fall when summer crowds go away. The water stays warm and the waves are generally better at that time of year.
By kbartelt , 18-04-2007
Sharks sandbridge - There has been only one shark attack in 20 years. 2001 a 12 boy was bit in the right butt cheek by a bull shark while standing on the sandbar hang on to his board. the boy did die It was very sad. 2001 was the year with all the skark attacks on the east coast. I surfed there a lot in the last 10 year and have only seen 3 sharks
By Anonymous , 30-11-2006
- Water and Air conditions:Summer can still have some chilly water. However, for the most part...June-September, maybe even OCT, trunks, maybe a .5mm vest, top or ls top. October-Dec 1, Full suitDecember through April, Full suit, booties, gloves, hatApril through June, spring suit, but dont pack it away until august. Sometimes the water is fine, but the air is cold and vice a versa...
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