Located in Monmouth County, New Jersey, Manasquan is the queen of the coast here: An excellent break off of a firm jetty that creates perfect peeling righthand barrels that never shut down. The waves at this regional classic break for up to 200 meters when good, and keep very good shape no matter the size. The sandbar is very well built up, and is known to break boards and bodies when it’s on.
What are the best surf conditions for Manasquan?
Gets good from waist high to triple overhead. A longboard will work here when small, but a shortboard is a way to go when there is any size. Manasquan is best suited to intermediate and advanced surfers. The surf here is pretty consistent (6/10) but will be super crowded unless it’s big enough to be intimidating (10/10). Come during a South or Southeast swell and a West wind, you will not be disappointed. Works on all tides.
We recommend wearing boardshorts or a bikini in the summer when water temperatures rise to 23 degrees. In winter a 5/4 with a hood, booties, and gloves is necessary when the water temps drop to 4 degrees. See the temperature chart below for more data on this.