Local Surf Experts Share NYC’s 3 Best Surfing Spots

If you're like us, pipe dreams about riding waves in the summer sun get us thinking about Californ-I-A. You'd assume that hanging ten in this concrete jungle is about as realistic as Sex and the City 3. Well Betties, we've got a super-dope surfing spot guide curated by the chill dudes at Saturdays Surf NYC, the hip Soho shop that brings a little bit of the West Coast flavor out East. The boys: Colin Tunstall, Josh Rosen, and Morgan Colett, gave us the down-and-dirty on the three best surf spots near the Big A, whether you're looking to rip on the real or just be a beach bunny and ogle the pros. So, even if you're a kook (that's beginner in surf lingo), or little more hardcore, don't think you can't get a righteous surfin' fix!

1. ROCKAWAY: "Some of New York's best surf is only 50 min away on the A train. The only problem is that people know about it, so even at first light at 5 a.m., there are more than 20 guys on a good surf. If you can manage the crowd, it's an amazing spot. Summertime gets crazy crowded too, but you can stroll down to Fort Tilden and seclude yourself away from the masses."

8601 Shore Front Parkway (at Beach 9th Street); 718-318-4000

2. LONG BEACH: "It's extremely easy to get to if you don't have a car. Just jump on the LIRR and you get dropped off 2 blocks from the beach. THere are tons of places to surf, so you can always find a spot that's not too crowded."

West Park Avenue (from Maple Boulevard to Brookline Avenue); 516-431-3890

3. LIDO: "This [beach] is a little bit hidden from Long Beach, and still close to the city. It's an open beach with few people there, and when there's surf its really fun!"

Lido Boulevard (from Bath Street to Mineola Avenue)

saturday-surf-smallREFINERY29 GIVEAWAY: If you don't have surf gear, you may have just hit the jackpot. One lucky lady will score Saturdays Surf NYC's tank or T-shirt (your choice), plus some fresh board shorts. Just post a pic on our Facebook wall of your favorite surf-inspired pic—our top snap is all set for some local wave ridin'.

We'll announce the winner of the surf gear Tuesday at noon on our Facebook page and via Twitter.

Saturdays Surf NYC, 31 Crosby Street (between Grand and Broome streets); 212-966-7875.