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Block Island Surf Guide

Block Island in Rhode Island is an exposed point break Offshore winds are from the north northwest. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the optimum swell angle is from the southeast. Likely to be crowded if working. Beware of - Rips / undertow - Rocks - Localism.

Block Island Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
rarely breaks
11.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Block Island:

The best conditions reported for surf at Block Island occur when a Southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North-northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Block Island (for consistent clean waves)?

novemberBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Block Island with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of November. Clean surfable waves are typically found 26% of the time in November while 31% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 43% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Block Island Location Map

Interactive Block Island surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The closest passenger airport to Block Island is Theodore Francis Green State (Providence) Airport (PVD) in USA, 66 km (41 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Block Island is North Central State (Smithfield) Airport (SFZ), also in USA, 87 km (54 miles) away.

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Block Island Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 10 December 2022, 01:19 Local Time
FriSaturday 10
Wave (m)
Period (s) 12 6 6 6
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Block Island

Surf stats for Block Island, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Block Island

Wind stats for Block Island, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Block Island Reviews:

Interactive Porthcawl Point location map. View nearby buoy information, live wind conditions and surrounding roads, paths and locations to help find new breaks. Click the buoys or wind icon to view more information.

Based on 12 votes.
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  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s22.0
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s43.7
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Islander from United States
“Unique island setup. South side most consistent with an array of beach, rock reef, cove and point breaks. Hike down bluffs to surf is typical, other easier access also available but must be in the know. East side also surfable with bigger swells and right winds. Can be inconsistent and wind direction plays a huge variable on wave quality. Can get epic if you know where to go. Locals are few but very guarded and protective of secret spots as well as better known spots. Its a small island and as such the local crew is tight. show up with a loud mouth and aggressive disrespectful attitude and you will find yourself in trouble. Anchor a boat with a crew of non locals aboard off one of their spots expect to be hassled. beautiful island with a lot to do besides surf. Fishing is outstanding. ample restaurants and bars, although disregard the other reviewers recommendation of Aldos and harbor side, lots of better options.”

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