About Manasquan

Manasquan Inlet is the northern equivalent to Sebastian Inlet. With a similar jetty setup, waves bounce off the rocks and their power is corralled into a steep right wedge. But where Sebastian tends to lack distance, Manasquan can produce lengthy rides. One of the best-known breaks on the East Coast, the Inlet can take almost anything the Atlantic can dish out. With a SE swell, it can handle up to 20-foot faces with two fast, bowl-shaped peaks and the occasional quality left. It's often the only show in town; any ripple refracts off the jetty to create a workable wave. With a rip running next to the jetty, the Inlet is an easy paddle, even on bigger days. Therefore all types of surfers can easily stumble onto the peak.

Source: Manasquan Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Not a great beginner spot, mostly rippers when it's good.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

On the heavy side, especially on tropical swells.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Heavy, especially on good long period swells.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

One of the better-known spots around for a reason.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Depends on the swell but can break pretty far out.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Pretty clean overall.

Additional Information


Crowds, grumpy locals, fishing lures, rocks.


Easy but be aware of beach badges in the summer months

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, longboard, bodyboard



Best Season

September through March

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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