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What's the best time to surf?
Submitted by Maxwell W, Fredrick, Maryland November 7, 2017
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Ocean City, MD

Insider since: 2011

Answered: November 7, 2017

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I'm not a surfer in any definition of the word but my surfer friends love getting out there at the crack of dawn- probably because even if the waves aren't great, they enjoy the sunrise. And as Darlene mentioned, please be safe and never surf alone. 


Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: November 7, 2017

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Summer.  Just kidding.  But while OC gets some nice waves, usually when storms come up the coast you'll find the largest waves and the best times to surf.  Check the tide charts.  And here's a great source for daily beach info http://ococean.com/beach  Just click on any link.  

Please remember that a wet suit is definitely needed now, and that there are no lifeguards on duty. NEVER surf alone.  


Naperville, IL

Insider since: 2011

Answered: November 10, 2017

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I have always found that early in the morning when a storm is coming is a great time to surf.  


Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: November 8, 2017

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The best time to surf is the transition from low to high tides - right before high tide peaks.  This varies every day.  There are a variety of web sites you can check as well.  My two favorites are here:

https://www.swellinfo.com/surf-forecast/ocean-city-maryland

http://www.surfline.com/surf-report/8th-st-mid-atlantic_4406/

Many friends of mine who surf swear the best waves are at Assateague Island.

I wish you tasty, choka waves with lots of A-frames and akaws!  


Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: November 8, 2017

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I think the best time is when the water is coming in, generally 1 to 4 hours before high tide. However, the terrain of the ocean bottom near the edge of the beach has a huge impact on the quality of the waves and length of the potential ride. If you plan to surf in OC, I'd chat with a few of the staff at one of the old school Surf Shops (e.g., Malibu's, Endless Summer, K-Coast) and get their take on where and when the waves are breaking best when you are there. Some areas are often better than others all the time, but it it also varies a bit season to season (especially after a beach replenishment), and even day to day if there has been a recent storm or heavy surf.