Virginia is basically a long stretch of beach break which is fragmented by inlets, piers and jetties. Unlike the West Coast, the waves along the East Coast aren’t as large, consistent or powerful. But, we do have quality beach break peaks that appeal to all levels of surfers all year long.
Summer and Spring breaks tend to be mild and consistent, with swells popping up from weather events. The winter is a great time to surf the larger, stronger swells from the north and north east. (Wet Suit Recommended). Fall tends to be the best season for surfing. Crowds have died down, the water is warm, and solid swells are seen daily.
Surf like a local!
Sandbridge: There are three main surfing breaks along Sandbridge Beach with parking– Little Island Park ($ to park), S-Turns (parallel first come – first served free parking located between 3200 and 3600 blocks of Sandfiddler Road) and The Market,(paid parking Memorial Day – Labor Day only, the rest of the year is free). Both The Market and Little Island Park offer life-guards in the summer, with surfers and body boards allowed to the north of Little Island Fishing Pier (no swimmers), and to the south of the pier, swimmers and body boarders (no surfers).
Croatan: Mellow vibe and more room to breathe. The waves break on an outer sandbar, with a predominantly local surfing crowd and an added bonus of ample parking!
Va Beach Oceanfront: 1st Street Jetty has been “the spot” for over 30 years, with surfers and onlookers from every walk of life! The rock jetty traps sand and forms what is usually the best setup in town when other spots are flat.
Want to learn or need a board? Local businesses abound with many options ranging from private hourly lessons, group lessons, and surf camps, as well as board rentals to suit your style!
Ocean Rentals Surf Lessons and Camps, Board Rentals - (757) 721-6210
VB Surf Sessions – (757) 633-5330
Pungo Board House - (757) 426-0111 – surf boards, lessons, camps