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Inventory and Perception of Status
Generally, all of New Jersey's surf spots are sand bottom beach breaks, with the best waves being produced by jetties and groins that shape sandbars. The state of New Jersey's 85 surfing areas are in good condition, but two of the spots are facing access restrictions. The U.S. Coast Guard restricts access at "Trestles" and the "Rocks," as they are located on their base. Other issues of concern to New Jersey's surfers are beach fill, beach access, ocean dumping, and water quality. The cities control all the beaches within their borders, and with a few exceptions the cities do not express much concern for the surfing areas, nor do they consider them a valuable recreational resource. Several surf spots in Long Branch have been destroyed, at least temporarily, by recent beach fill projects. Also see the discussion in the Beach Fill section regarding how a beach fill project in Sandy Hook was modified to preserve the "Big Cove" surfing spot there. Sandy Hook was one of many beach areas impacted by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012.
There is also concern about possible toxic materials in the sediments used for fill in the state. Water quality in the northern portion of the state continues to be a major concern due to polluted runoff.
Recognition by State
Although New Jersey does not officially recognize surfing as an economic, cultural, and recreational resource, the photo on the web page linked below implies that they do.
In the 2009 Guide to New Jersey Beaches (unfortunately, this is no longer published) there was a comprehensive listing and description of beaches where surfing is permitted (see the "Additional Information" section for each beach).
Surfrider Foundation Chapters
|Jersey Shore Chapter||40° 10' 42.4092", -74° 1' 18.4944"||http://jerseyshore.surfrider.org/|
|South Jersey Chapter||39° 23' 23.7804", -74° 35' 45.6756"||http://southjersey.surfrider.org/|
Surfrider Staff Contact
Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager
Also check out Surfrider Mid-Atlantic Region's website for Surfrider news from New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C.
The summary of surfing areas comes from Surfer Magazine's The Surf Report issues for the state. Surfrider Foundation chapters were surveyed to establish surfing conditions in the state.
Other sources of information on surfing in New Jersey include:
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