RHODE ISLAND SURF SPOTS

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OUR UNIQUE COASTLINE

Rhode Island has a unique coastline with a plenty of great waves scattered around the state. 

The below surf spots in Rhode Island are some of the most popular spots around our area that we love to surf! We give a brief description of the spot with the ideal conditions to help you time your session. If there's swell in the water - you will for sure see our team out at some of these spots!

Make sure you use our Rhode Island Surf Report along with the guide below to know where to go when the surf is up!


NARRAGANSETT TOWN BEACH

DESCRIPTION

Narragansett Town Beach is an east facing beach located in the town of Narragansett RI along the southern coast of Rhode Island. With around a mile or so of sandy beach there is no shortage of peaky waves when the surf is up. An ideal set up for beginner and intermediate surfer's with gentle rolling surf, but can get really good for experienced surfers at times. Time your session at NTB with the below conditions and your sure to have a great time.  Plenty of parking - but will have to pay in the summer.

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BEST CONDITIONS/DETAILS

TIDE Low to mid tide
WIND DIRECTION West/northwest
SWELL DIRECTION Southeast
DIFFICULTY Beginner
TYPE OF BREAK Beach break (some submerged rocks)
C ROWDS Gets very busy in the summer
HAZARDS Crowds mostly


POINT JUDITH LIGHTHOUSE

DESCRIPTION

The lighthouse is one of our favorite spots and also one of the most consistent spots year round in Rhode Island due to its exposure. Being that it is a west facing right hand point break, the waves can come in either from close by windswells or distant groundswells with a variety of swell directions (from South/Southwest to East). This wave offers a variety of fun sections, from steep fast sections to mellow/slow cutback sections. It really lights up during a solid hurricane swell! Since there is free parking and decent consistency, expect heavy crowds during summer, and a moderate crowd during a major swell in the fall/winter. Beware of the rocks!!

BEST CONDITIONS/DETAILS

TIDE All tides
WIND DIRECTION West/northwest
SWELL DIRECTION South/Southeast
DIFFICULTY Beginner
TYPE OF BREAK Righthand Point Break
C ROWDS Crowded
HAZARDS Rocks and strong currents


MONAHAN'S DOCK

DESCRIPTION

Monahan’s Dock is a great surf spot in Narragansett that can get really good when the winds are blowing west, and is also well sheltered from southwest winds. Experienced surfer’s only - we cannot stress that enough. It is a sheltered rock-reef break facing the east. Expect many submerged rocks that can be pretty dangerous for newcomers with no knowledge of the location. The surf is good at all times of the year here, especially during ground swells. The quality of the wave isn't completely affected by the tide, but you will get an easier take-off followed by a bowly end section with high tide. Expect a crowd of expert surfers if waves are up. Make sure you bring a good leash...

BEST CONDITIONS/DETAILS

TIDE Low to mid tide
WIND DIRECTION West
SWELL DIRECTION Southeast
DIFFICULTY Expert only
TYPE OF BREAK Bowly right, mellower left
C ROWDS Very crowded when surf is up
HAZARDS Rocks, the dock, and the crowd


K38/39

DESCRIPTION

K38/K39, also known as the “K’s” are where you will find the longest left on the Rhode Island coast during a good swell. This is an exposed mussel bed reef inside the breakwall of the Pt. Judith Harbor of Refuge. When the surf is pumping there will be long/mellow walls breaking left, and a quicker and steeper right at certain tides at the more north peak. The waves here do not get very hollow making it ideal for longboards - and that is mostly what you will see out there. This surf spot is good any season and can be very crowded when the waves are blown out everywhere else. No public parking.

BEST CONDITIONS/DETAILS

TIDE All Tides
WIND DIRECTION North
SWELL DIRECTION South/Southeast
DIFFICULTY Intermediate +
TYPE OF BREAK Mellow lefthand
CROWDS Not as crowded as other spots
HAZARDS Rocks and novice surfers


MATUNUCK

DESCRIPTION

Matunuck is known as one of the best spots in Rhode Island to surf on any type of board. Best in the fall, it is a south facing exposure and includes three main peaks: Deep Hole, Trestles, and The Point. Deep hole is on the east with a left and right that is fast during low tide, but mellower once the tide fills. Trestles is shapely peak with a hollower right, compared to The Point which is a combo of a short right and long workable left.  All of these spots are best on a longboard or fish - unless the size gets above head high. This is a rocky boulder reef and is almost always crowded with all types of boards. Limited parking.

BEST CONDITIONS/DETAILS

TIDE Mid to high tide
WIND DIRECTION North
SWELL DIRECTION South/Southeast
DIFFICULTY Intermediate to Expert
TYPE OF BREAK Rocky lefts and rights
CROWDS Most crowded
HAZARDS Rocks and crowds. Parking tickets


RUGGLES

DESCRIPTION

Ruggles is probably the most well known spot in Rhode Island,  facing east along a rocky coastline with strong rip currents. Best in the Fall and Winter - this exposed reef point can get really good and really big on the right swell and wind direction - with a solid right hander and one short left. It needs a solid groundswell to really come alive, and can get really hollow at times. Shallow rocks right under the take off so you need to know what your doing. Experienced surfers only!! Expect some problems finding parking in the neighborhood especially in the summer, this place get crowded.

BEST CONDITIONS/DETAILS

TIDE Low to mid tide
WIND DIRECTION Northwest
SWELL DIRECTION South/Southeast
DIFFICULTY Expert only
TYPE OF BREAK Rocky right hander
CROWDS Very crowded when breaking
HAZARDS Rocks


FIRST AND SECOND BEACH

DESCRIPTION

Eastons, aka 1st beach, is an exposed beach break in Newport.  The long,sloping, shallow bay picks up both windswell and groundswell, and can be peaky at times. There can be some dangerous rips when the surf gets big. Beware of hazardous red tides that often frequent this beach in the summertime - also sewage issues when it rains alot. Sachuest, or 2nd beach, is a beach break just down the road in Newport that is very exposed to weak windswell - this place is like a surf magnet for RI. Here you can expect a bigger and better shaped peak than 1st beach most of the time, making it a bit more crowded when the surf is up. Best surf is along the west corner that they call “surfer’s end” - but there are fun peaks all over the beach when the ways are decent and winds cooperate.

BEST CONDITIONS/DETAILS

TIDE All tides
WIND DIRECTION North
SWELL DIRECTION South
DIFFICULTY All levels
TYPE OF BREAK Beach break
CROWDS Can get crowded but plenty of space
HAZARDS Seaweed and jellies


CHARLESTOWN BREACHWAY

DESCRIPTION

The breachway is a south facing beach break/jetty break that breaks all year round. Catch waves right out front of the jetty or off either. The beach break can get pretty peaky as well, but offers short rides. Doesn't get too crowded ever unless its a swell in the summer.

BEST CONDITIONS/DETAILS

TIDE Low to mid tide
WIND DIRECTION North
SWELL DIRECTION South or southeast
DIFFICULTY All levels
TYPE OF BREAK Beach break
CROWDS Not too crowded
HAZARDS Some hidden rocks + rips


MISQUAMICUT

DESCRIPTION

Misquamicut is a beach break that is fairly consistent all year round. It can work on both windswell and groundswells and is a southern facing exposure. You need a good south swell get this place to light up - but can occasionally work on a bigger ESE swell as well.  This spot is rarely crowded but parking can be a struggle, especially in the summer.

BEST CONDITIONS/DETAILS

TIDE Low to mid tide
WIND DIRECTION North
SWELL DIRECTION South
DIFFICULTY All levels
TYPE OF BREAK Beach break
CROWDS Not too crowded
HAZARDS Rips and summertime swimmers