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Alabama Ratings
Indicator Type Information Status
Beach Access37
Water Quality75
Beach Erosion6-
Erosion Response-2
Beach Fill4-
Shoreline Structures2 5
Beach Ecology1-
Surfing Areas35
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Inventory and Perception of Status

Although Alabama is certainly not known as a surfing location, there occasionally are surfable waves in two general areas - along the shores of Dauphin Island, west of Mobile Bay and near the towns of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, east of Mobile Bay. Surfline even provides a map. One of the more well-known spots in the Orange Beach area is Alabama Point. And here is proof you can get barreled in Alabama.

Recognition by State

Alabama does not officially recognize surfing as an economic, cultural, or recreational resource.

Surfrider Foundation Chapters

Surfrider Foundation does not currently have any chapters in Alabama. If you are interested in starting one, please contact Ed Mazzarella, Director of Chapters, at

Information Sources

Global Surfers

State of the Beach Report: Alabama
Alabama Home Beach Description Beach Access Water Quality Beach Erosion Erosion Response Beach Fill Shoreline Structures Beach Ecology Surfing Areas Website
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