New Jersey's prime surfing season occurs during the fall months. While fall air temperatures can be cooler than in summer, the ocean typically remains warm through October. Excellent fall surfing is the result of the Atlantic Ocean's hurricane season, which increases ocean swells. Although fall is the best surfing season, summer, winter and spring also draw surfers to beaches up and down the New Jersey coast.
Summer surfers typically seek out the shore towns of Manasquan, Ocean City, Seaside Heights, Atlantic City and the Wildwoods.
In the winter, with the beaches deserted, surfers have virtually unrestricted access. With the proper gear, surfers can enjoy the satisfactory waves that result from the North Atlantic's winter storms.
While early spring still requires full wetsuits to ward off cold ocean temperatures, there is plenty of surfing activity along the Jersey Shore coastline that time of year. Off the beach, there's the New Jersey Surf Museum, located at the Tuckerton Seaport, which offers visitors a glimpse into the unique bond between surfing and New Jersey.
Grab a board and enjoy all the surfing opportunities New Jersey has to offer. For more information, including select surf reports, visit New Jersey Surfing.