ANIMALS / WILDLIFE / ECOTOURISM
Barnegat Bay Partnership
Barnegat Bay Shellfish
Birds of Long Beach Island
Butterfly Charities, Brick
Conserve Wildlife Foundation
Edith Duff Gwinn Gardens,
Forest Resource Education Center,
Insectropolis, Toms River
Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource
Ocean County Libraries
Popcorn Park Zoo, Forked River
Sedge Island Summer Field Experiences,
Self-Guided Barnegat Historical Trail
Six Flags Safari, Jackson
Photo by D. Salvatoriello
Photo by M. Motsay
The sun hasn’t yet broken the horizon, but there’s already a stir on the
beach shortly after 5 a.m. Surfers love to hit the beach at dawn, better
known as the Dawn Patrol. There is something about the peacefulness
and the morning light on the waves.
Surfing is an integral part of the coastal landscape in Ocean County, a
dynamic scene with a rich history and culture. From the rocks adjacent to
the Manasquan Inlet in Point Pleasant Beach to the sandbars of Holgate,
the untouched shores of Island Beach State Park through the entire
stretch of Long Beach Island, the quiet charm of Lavallette to the bustle
of Casino Pier in Seaside Heights, it’s one of the most exciting and varied
coastlines on the entire eastern seaboard.
Though fall and winter bring bigger swells to the New Jersey shore,
summer surfing is a time-honored tradition for families here. It’s the
ideal time to check out one of the area’s great surf schools or camps.
Ocean County’s beach towns are full of friendly surf shops that can help
everyone find the right board and choose the best wetsuit.
Each town has its own surfing regulations and designated surf beaches,
so check ahead. Often the best time to surf is early morning or evening,
after the lifeguards quit for the day. The winds tend to be best around
sunrise and sunset, too. If you’re going to venture out at these times,
however, make sure you’re a proficient swimmer, never go alone, steer
clear of more experienced surfers, and don’t forget to bring extra wax.
Photo by D. Stockdale