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Plum Island break guidePhoto by: Cheryl Comeau

Plum Island Surf Guide

Plum Island in Massachusetts is an exposed beach break. Offshore winds are from the west. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the optimum swell angle is from the east. Rarely crowded here. Beware of - Rips / undertow.

Plum Island Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
4.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Plum Island:

The best conditions reported for surf at Plum Island occur when a East swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West.

Surf Forecasts:

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

augustBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Plum Island with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of August. Clean surfable waves are typically found 37% of the time in August while 39% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 24% 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 Plum Island Location Map

Interactive Plum 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 Plum Island is General Edward Lawrence Logan International (Boston) Airport (BOS) in USA, 51 km (32 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Plum Island is Laurence G Hanscom Fld (Bedford) Airport (BED), also in USA, 54 km (34 miles) away.

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Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
Plum Island Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 31 January 2023, 15:33 Local Time
Tuesday 31Wed
Wave (m)
Period (s) 11 11 11 11
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Plum Island

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

Wind History at Plum Island

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

Plum Island Reviews:

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Based on 8 votes.
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  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s32.5
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Andrew from United States
“The quality and location of good breaks is highly dependent on how the sand moves over the winter. There are great days, but for every good day, there are 3-4 flat and choppy ones. Not a location to travel to for surf unless the word is out that it's a good day, but for locals who can pick and choose when to go out there are many good opportunities.”

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