About Belmar

Manasquan gets all the attention, but this entire stretch is capable of ultra-hollow barrels. On a good southeast swell, there is plenty of room to spread out.

Across from Eastern Lines Surf Shop, 16th Ave. is the surfer's beach in Belmar. It breaks well on all swells and is a good spot to catch if it's not summer. If it is, prepare for a crowd. There are a million people in Belmar in the summer, and the water is no different. There is plenty of parking, which makes it that much easier to crowd the lineup.

To the north is 8th Avenue Jetty, which can produce a heavy barrel with even heavier hassles. Don't bother paddling out if there are more than four surfers in the water as 8th Avenue is locals only and they're not afraid to let you known it.

At the end of Belmar is the Belmar Pier, which, although fickle, can produce a good session here or there. It takes a northeast swell nicely. There are a number of other jetties in Belmar, so there are plenty of chances for you to score.

Source: Belmar Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Beginners to Pro, depending on the day.

Local Vibe

Doable

Welcoming Intimidating

Mellow to moderate on average days, can get heavy on good days in the summer/fall.

Crowd Factor

Moderate

Mellow Heavy

Mostly not that bad, unless the surf is good.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

On the right day, expect super fun surf.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

Light Exhausting

Usually not a far paddle, can be a challenge on big swells.

Water Quality

Clean

Clean Dirty

Pretty clean overall.

Additional Information

Hazards

Groins, crowds, incompetent surfers and tourists (in summer).

Access

Easy but be aware of beach badges in the summer months

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard, bodyboard

Seabed

Sand

Best Season

September through March

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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