Bring a thick wetsuit with you because the New York winters aren’t anything to mess with. And as long as you can withstand the cold, you’ll find pristine waves with hardly anyone out.
Outer Banks – North Carolina
The Outer Banks primary tourist season is the summer. That’s when you’re going to find all the snowbirds flocking to this premiere surf destination. Come late October their season comes to a close and the surf lineup clears out and the big swells start to roll on. Catch the right swell with some offshore wind and you can find yourself getting barreled for days.
Montauk – New York
There’s a reason that Mikey Detemple lives here. When it’s on, it’s ON. Bring a thick wetsuit with you because the New York winters aren’t anything to mess with. And as long as you can withstand the cold, you’ll find pristine waves with hardly anyone out.
Lake Michigan – Michigan
Although it’s fresh water, winter storms that come across Lake Michigan can kick up some overhead waves that’ll keep your wave thirsty heart satisfied during the cold winter. The lineup’s fairly chill because let’s face it, everyone out there’s just stoked there are waves in the Midwest.
North Shore of Oahu – Hawaii
What would a top 10 winter surf spot list be without the North Shore? Home to Pipeline and so many other massive breaks, surfers flock here to make a name for themselves in the surfing community. If you feel you’re up to the challenge of battling with the crowds and local vibe, you just might get a chance to score some of the best waves of your life and possibly make your mark in surfing history.
Chicama – Peru
The longest left in the world needs to be on everyone’s “To Surf” list. I think even regular footers would agree that they’d love to take off on a glassy wave and go for over 300 yards.
San Clemente – California
If it’s not working, just move. That’s what my brother told me when we surfed in San Clemente, CA earlier this year and he was right. Just because one area’s working doesn’t mean another one isn’t. And San Clemente’s coast is littered with incredible breaks, like Trestles.
Jersey Shore – New Jersey
Although you may not find big waves like you would in Hawaii, you’re going to have an unforgettable experience. It gets cold in New Jersey and when the Atlantic develops a little frost layer, it seems like that’s when the waves start firing. Paddle through that frost layer like an icebreaker and you’ll find yourself getting shacked in the green room wave after wave.
Puerto Escondid – Mexico
Home to the Mexican Pipeline, Puerto Escondid is not to be taken lightly. Paddle out here and you can drop into one of the biggest waves of your life. If you don’t make that drop,you’re going to have possibly the worst wipeout of your life.
Virginia Beach – Virginia
Much like the Outer Banks, Virginia Beach’s tourist season is also during the summer and the crowds clear out in late fall. Go against the crowd and you’ll find yourself dropping into some fun nuggets during the chilly winter months.
Rincon – Puerto Rico
This sandy beach break is where surfers on the East Coast flock to in the winter. While almost everyone’s shimmying into their neoprene wetsuits, you’re grabbing your board shorts off the clothes line to catch some barrels in the warm waters of the Caribbean.
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