For those who have always aspired to ride an ocean wave (and maybe even hang 10) on a surfboard, Florida’s eastern coast — with its subtropical climate and typically approachable wave sizes on the Atlantic Ocean — offers a great place to get started. And with 23 miles of expansive beaches, ride-able wave swells over a soft, shallow sandbar, and plenty of local surf shops that rent boards and offer lessons, Daytona Beach in particular is the perfect place to learn to surf.
If you’re looking to get acquainted with the sport of surfing, consider these three radical reasons to paddle out and catch your first waves in the Daytona Beach area:
1) Great surf spots
With a trio of beaches named among Florida’s top 13 surf spots by Coastal Living magazine in 2018, the Daytona Beach area offers great surfing opportunities to both seasoned surfing veterans and those new to the sport. The locals’ favorite surf spots in the area include the Main Street and Sunglow Piers in Daytona Beach; Ponce Inlet; Ormond Beach; and the New Smyrna Beach Inlet.
2) Lots of rental shops
The list of surf shops in the area is a lengthy one, and many of these offer surfboard rentals. Among the top surfboard-rental shops in the area are Salty Dog Surf Shop and Triple X Surf & Skate in Daytona Beach, Daytona Board Store in Daytona Beach Shores, and Dawn Patrol Surf Shop in Ormond Beach.
3) Ample instruction
There is also a wide range of local businesses available to provide surf lessons, either as part of a group or one-on-one. A few of the most popular vendors offering surf instruction in the area include Surfari Surf Lessons & Camp in Ormond Beach, Ho Daddy O’s Surf & Sport in Ponce Inlet, and Blue Coast Shop in Daytona Beach Shores.
Of course, before you hit the local waters, be sure to brush up on your beach-safety rules, lcheck out the hazardous water conditions and beware of rip currents. Once you’re ready to hop on a board and paddle out, start planning your trip to Daytona Beach — and get ready to have a blast harnessing the awesome power of the ocean waves!