Located in Ocean County, New Jersey, Island Beach State Park is a quality stretch of beach break that breaks over a sand bottom. The beach here is protected, and it is best to come in a 4WD in order to access the whole stretch. It is possible to camp here overnight. The waves here require a bit of surf know how to surf well and break for up to 100 meters providing great sections for manoeuvres and barrels at lower tides.
What are the best surf conditions for Island Beach State Park?
Gets good between waist high and double overhead. A longboard works great when smaller but a shortboard is the go when bigger. All levels of surfers can find success here depending on the size of the swell. The surf here is pretty consistent (6/10) and usually uncrowded (4/10). Offshores blow from the West. The best swells come from the East, Northeast, South, and Southeast. Works on all tides depending on the part of the beach.
We recommend wearing either boardshorts or a bikini in the summer when water temperatures rise to 24 degrees. In the winter a 5/4 wetsuit is required to surf when the water temperatures plunge to 5 degrees. See the temperature chart below for more data on this.