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Surf's up! Jacksonville is the perfect place to try surfing. Take a lesson on a long board or watch the locals catch waves at Jacksonville Beach Pier or slide across the break on skim boards in Atlantic Beach.
Whether you are a grom just getting your board wet, or a pro looking to master your moves, Jacksonville’s beaches offer prime surf all year-long. The winter months bring the biggest surf, and summers are ideal for beginners to test out their skills. Jacksonville’s beach break with its soft, sandy bottom, allows for tough tumbles to be taken without risk of bumping into a reef. Our long stretches of sandy beaches also allow for plenty of space for new surfers to find their footing. Surfing is a skill that anyone can learn at any age. All it takes is determination and a sense of humor. It is easy to get frustrated trying to catch those first waves, but once it happens — it is magic!
For rookie surfers, Atlantic Beach is perfect. It is a long beach, so even when there is a crowd it is spread out giving groms plenty of room to catch a wave. The break is good year-round, but winter is peak season. Across the stretch of beach, the break is solid, making any beach access a good choice.
In north Jacksonville, at Huguenot Park, the waves are cranking all year, with it topping in winter. Local surfers ranging from expert to mid-level love this beach’s break, which is killer on the incoming tide. It is a busy scene, but a great spot to connect with locals and get the scoop on other surf spots in the region.
Also known as “the Poles” this is another local hotspot for expert to mid-level surfers. Best in winter, but good year-round, the break here is prime at low tide. Weekends are packed when the surf’s up, but if you are looking for another true local hangout this is it.
Jacksonville Beach is a scene in general, and the pier is no different. It offers a variety of breaks to both the left and right of the pier. This helps thin the crowd, but the Jacksonville Beach Pier is a surfer hot spot. Incoming to high tide is best, and the break runs strong all year. But like most of the region, winter is the best season.