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Georgia Ratings
Indicator Type Information Status
Beach Access67
Water Quality66
Beach Erosion4-
Erosion Response-4
Beach Fill4-
Shoreline Structures4 6
Beach Ecology3-
Surfing Areas35
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Sea Level Rise{{{21}}}{{{22}}}

Inventory and Perception of Status

There are at least 19 surf spots in Georgia, which are in fair condition. The spots range from Tybee Island to the north down to Cumberland Island near the Georgia-Florida border. Almost all the breaks are sand bottom beach breaks. Many are very sensitive to the large tidal swings, which can create strong currents.

Recognition by State

Georgia does not recognize surfing as an economic, cultural, and recreational resource.

It is a goal of the Coastal Management Program to “Promote increased recreational opportunities in coastal areas and increased public access to tidal waters in a manner that protects coastal resource quality, public health, and public safety.”

Surfrider Foundation Chapters

Georgia Chapter33° 44' 56.38" N, 84° 23' 16.74" W

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The Surfrider Foundation Georgia Chapter is the result of the 2013 merger of the Atlanta Chapter (founded in 2009) and the Low Country/Coastal Georgia Chapter (founded in 2007).

Their mission is to protect the ecologically rich and sensitive Georgia coastline, and all the waterways and watersheds across the state. The one hundred miles of Georgia coastline contains one third of the remaining coastal marsh on the entire Atlantic seaboard, and 70% of the commercial fish stock in the Atlantic Ocean depend on the marshland. Georgia’s salt marsh is a $6 billion economic engine through tourism, fishing, recreation and protection of property from storm damage.

Check out the Georgia Chapter blog at

You can contact the Georgia Chapter via email at


Information Sources

The summary of surfing areas comes from Surfer Magazine’s The Surf Report issues for the state.

Other sources of information on surfing in Georgia include:

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