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Go to Spanish River Park in North Boca Raton( AKA 40th St). Walk about 1/3 mile north, you will see a rocky reef leading from the beach out into the water 6-10 ft depending on the tide position.
DistanceIn the city
WalkGood walk (15-30 mn)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
BottomSandy with rock
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell directionNorth, East, NorthEast
Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest, East, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.5m-2m /5ft-6ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+
Best tide positionLow and mid tide
Best tide movementRising tide
Week-end crowdFew surfers
Park on 40th street or Spanish river park public beach. Fast drop, if you take off in the shallow stuff, the shoulder is a cake walk. If you get a good north swell or east swell, on a week day that is the place to be in Boca Raton Area
I will take you from the moment I park my lock my car and start my short walk. I am usually lucky to get a spot on 40th street when I dawn patrol. It is a short walk to the boardwalk then down to the sand. You look out in the straight ahead only to see the groms and the other surfers in the water having fun. Once you take a glance north you see a wave breaking farther out and rolling almost to the shore, there is only a handful of surfers sharing this wave. You take a 12 minute walk or 5 minute jog, drop the towel strap on the leash, walk to the north end of the rocks and paddle out. When you are sitting in the water at this spot, there is what seems to be a private beach club house on the beach to the south. Right in front and to the north, is pretty much the Highland beach area, very nice houses, private beaches. To the south looks like a small shallow bay area which is why Jap Rock sticks out a little farther than the beach area to the south. Have Fun.
I think it a very mellow atmosphere, and safe to surf if you know what you are doing.
By Anonymous , 26-06-2010
question - hi i usually surf palmetto beach and was wondering is it worth going to jap rock when ever there is surf at palmetto. is it going to be better at jap and also is it reefy all over jap rock or just in one spot there.
By email@example.com , 26-09-2004
NICE WAVES - Hi ! I like to surf Jap rock when its good. But I really like to surf Spanish river Blvd alot. I like to cut people off, like just drop in on them on purpose, its my right becuase I live here and I'm jelous of becuase they surf better than me. I'm a little punk who thinks I rip on my Spyder surfboard when I really dont. I like to go down the line and wait until the very end of the wave and do a simple turn on the shoulder. Somtimes I pretend I'm doing airs, I think I'm Greg Browning - execpt I cant really any of them - but thats ok.
By Blake , 02-07-2004
Jap Rock can fire! - I haven't surfed it in over 20 years but I have many fond memories of when I did. Back in the 70's I used to surf it every chance I got if I was in town during cold fronts. Dependent on a north swell for quality it can line up like the mini point break it is to provide some clean down the line surfing. I recall many ,solo or just a few others ,sessions on my 5'6'' Nuuihwa fish with head to a little overhead waves where 100 yd rippable walls were plentiful. Aaah memories!
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