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What’s The Best Time of Day to Surf?

   September 12th, 2023   Posted In: Articles   Tags:

As tempting as the afternoon warmth of the ocean feels and seems, that’s typically not the best time of day to surf. We don’t mean to rain on your parade with this, but hey, if you’re looking for the best time of day to surf, late mornings and afternoons are not the ideal times to get out there and ride the waves. 

Now you’re probably asking yourself, ‘Well, what is the best time to surf then?’

We’re glad you asked.

Best Time to Chase Waves

best time of day to surf

The best time of day for surfing is early mornings around sunrise and later in the evening right before sunset. These are good times because the wind is calm at the beginning and end of the day, which makes for smoother breaks and the best kind of waves for riding. Afternoon winds typically bring choppier and harsher waves to surf. 

The Most Popular Time

The most popular time to surf is definitely in the morning. Setting that early alarm to get out there before sunrise is worth it because you’ll avoid crowded lineups. Morning surfs fit better with most folks work schedules as well. Of course, the water may not be as warm as you’d like, but that’s what a wetsuit is for!

The Mental & Physical Aspects

Starting your day off right with a striking sunrise and getting an incredible surf session in is highly recommended. And ending your day on a peaceful note with a sunset surf is a beautiful experience as well. Not only is the exercise great for your physical health, sunrise and sunset surfing contribute to a boost in mental health and the feel-good chemicals!

Final Thoughts

We’re not knocking afternoon surfing. If you like to surf at that time or if it’s more doable for you, by all means, continue to do so. And if you are adamant about checking local surf and weather, then chances are you may have ideal conditions for an afternoon surf. It all comes down to personal choice. We’re just here to give you the 4-1-1 and our recommendation.

Let us know in the comments if you’re a morning surfer, afternoon wave chaser, or an evening experiencer!

Editor’s Note

This post was originally published in 2022 and has since been reviewed and updated. (9/23)

Lauren (LoLo) has been turning words into blog posts for Wetsuit Wearhouse since 2014. She learned to surf for the first time ever in Costa Rica but she gravitates more towards SUP. When she's not scouring the web for travel deals, you can find her either hiking, running, gardening, tending to her animals, or reading a good book outside on a beautiful day.

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