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Nahant Beach break guidePhoto by: Donna (for Kelly)

Nahant Beach Surf Guide

Nahant Beach in Massachusetts is an exposed beach break that usually has waves, although summer tends to be mostly flat. The best wind direction is from the west with some shelter here from south winds. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the east northeast. Waves at the beach are both lefts and rights. Best around low tide. When the surf is up, crowds are likely

Nahant Beach Spot Info

Type:Rating:
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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
consistent
19.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Nahant Beach:

The best conditions reported for surf at Nahant Beach occur when a East-northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West.

Surf Forecasts:

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

septemberBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Nahant Beach with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of September. Clean surfable waves are typically found 29% of the time in September while 40% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 31% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
29%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
40%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
31%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Nahant Beach Location Map

Interactive Nahant Beach 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 Nahant Beach is General Edward Lawrence Logan International (Boston) Airport (BOS) in USA, 10 km (6 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Nahant Beach is Laurence G Hanscom Fld (Bedford) Airport (BED), also in USA, 32 km (20 miles) away.

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Nahant Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 18 August 2022, 21:59 Local Time
ThuFriday 19
11PM2AM5AM8AM
Wave (m)
0.3
E
0.2
ESE
0.2
ESE
0.2
ESE
Period (s) 7 8 8 8
Wind (km/h)
10
15
15
15
Wind State cross-
off
cross-
off
off off

Swell History at Nahant Beach

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

Wind History at Nahant Beach

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

Nahant Beach Reviews:

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Ratings
Based on 10 votes.
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  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s33.3
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s43.6
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s22.2
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s43.6
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Review
Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Drew shegda from United States
“Nahant Beach provides some of the worst surfing in Massachusetts. When the surf does get half decent, it will get very crowded. Would not recommend surfing here to anyone! Nahant beach is very pretty though. I go there to enjoy the beach, but never to surf.”

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