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Connecticut Ratings
Indicator Type Information Status
Beach Access96
Water Quality95
Beach Erosion5-
Erosion Response-5
Beach Fill5-
Shoreline Structures5 5
Beach Ecology5-
Surfing Areas--
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Sea Level Rise{{{21}}}{{{22}}}

Inventory and Perception of Status

Despite the large number of surf shops in coastal towns, the Connecticut chapter of Surfrider Foundation states that there is essentially no surf in their state due to the protected nature of the Connecticut shoreline. It is estimated that 75% of the state's surfers travel to New Jersey when the swell is up. There is rideable surf in New London County when the conditions are right.

Recognition by State

Connecticut does not recognize surfing as an economic, cultural, and recreational resource. The state takes boating and beach access below the high tide line into consideration during coastal planning.

Surfrider Foundation Chapters

Connecticut Chapter41° 21' 15.36" N, 71° 57' 59.26" W

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Our chapter encourages everybody who is interested in protecting our waters and beaches – not only surfers but also sailors, divers, kayakers, kiteboarders, windsurfers, beachcombers, and so on – to participate in our activities!

See the chapter's upcoming events on their online calendar

Check out the Connecticut Chapter blog at

You can contact the Connecticut Chapter via email at


Surfrider Staff Contact

Melissa Gates
Northeast Regional Coordinator

Information Sources

The Surfrider Foundation Chapter in Connecticut was surveyed to establish surfing conditions in the state.

State of the Beach Report: Connecticut
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