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Rockaway ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.5
Consistency of Surf: 2.4
Difficulty Level: 2.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.2
Crowds: 1.9

Overall: 2.5

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Rockaway Surf Guide

Rockaway_1 in Long Island NY is an exposed beach break that has reasonably consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds blow from the northwest with some shelter here from west winds. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the east. The beach break offers mainly left hand waves. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Often Crowded. Surfing here means negotiating dangerous rips.

Rockaway Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon  beachBeachIcon  s22.5
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
20.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Rockaway:

The best conditions reported for surf at Rockaway occur when a South-southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

septemberBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Rockaway with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of September. Clean surfable waves are typically found 33% of the time in September while 57% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 10% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
33%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
57%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
10%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

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Interactive Rockaway 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 Rockaway is John F Kennedy International (New York) Airport (JFK) in USA, 10 km (6 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Rockaway is La Guardia (New York) Airport (LGA), also in USA, 23 km (14 miles) away.

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Rockaway Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 22 September 2020, 23:17 Local Time
TueWednesday 23
11PM2AM5AM8AM
Wave (m) 2.0
ESE
1.7
ESE
1.3
ESE
1.1
ESE
Period (s) 16 15 14 13
Wind (km/h) 30
NW 20
NW 25
NW 25
WNW
Wind State off off off off

Swell History at Rockaway

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

Wind History at Rockaway

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

Rockaway Reviews:

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Ratings
Based on 12 votes.
  • Overall:Icon  s22.5
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s32.5
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s22.4
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s32.5
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s22.2
  • Crowds:Icon  s21.9
  • ...

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Review
Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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sean from United States
“Rockaway is New York City's surf spot. To get there from Manhattan all one has to do is hop on the Rockaway-bound A train and get off at 90th street or 98th st. if you want some quality tacos before paddling out(Rockaway Taco, 96th st).
Dont get too excited by the miles of potential beach break; the only decent breaks are in the vicinity of the rock jetties that range from 65th st. to 90th st. The main break is considered to be the 90 st. jetty. The lineup gets crowded in the summer and when its good in the fall. The surfshop, Boarders, is on 90th.
***Be aware of partially submerged wooden pilings within the breaks between 91 st. and 93 st. These old jagged pilings have been responsible for numerous mishaps.”

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