Lido offers quieter surroundings and two good-size surfing zones for beginners. The crowds can get increasingly large during the summer months, but rent a board earlier enough and you’ll get plenty of time to enjoy the waves.
Gilgo is home to some of the biggest East Coast surfing lovers and is the perfect spot for late summer and fall/winter surfing. The waves cater to surfers of all skill levels and have a fun beach break that wall up nicely and barrel with good conditions.
Robert Moses State Park
For a less crowded beach, Robert Moses is the place to go. However, you’ll have to hold out until later in the summer for the best waves.
As Rockaway’s main surfing beach, Beach 92nd tends to get pretty crowded on summer afternoons. While it is the most popular, the waves at 92nd are super challenging and recommended for advanced surfers.
For the most consistent surf out east, Ditch Plains is the place to go. You’ll find the locals specifically at Terrace Beach, but be sure to get here early in the summer months—parking may be easy right on the dunes, but fills up fast during peak season.
This spot is tricky to surf at if you don’t know someone from Southampton, but if you land yourself a way in on a solid surf day, it truly is some of the best surfing on Long Island. .