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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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7 Comments

  • Al says:

    Hi LoLo / Team,
    I am 59 and overweight. I always snorkel on top of the water and never had a wetsuit. I will be going to the Big Island this Feb and according to what I can find water temp is between 73-78 F and thinking I may need one for this trip – not sure of thickness and suit size. What do you recommend? Is a two piece better for my size?
    Height 66″
    Weight 245 #
    Chest 51″
    Waist 51″
    Hips 47″
    Neck 16″
    Inseam 28.5″

    Thanks,
    Al

  • Laura Lister says:

    Can you advise me? I am 78 years old and find my pool a bit too cold. I would like to purchase a wet suit jacket that is very flexible and easy to swim and do aerobics in. Since swimming helps arthritis, movement is very important. I do not do straight laps, but various exercises worked into a lap. Also – I am overweight so I do not want anything “sexy”.

    What do you think?

    • Crysta Goff says:

      I’m going to send you a private email, Laura. (:

    • John Gross says:

      Hi make sure it has a full zipper they can be hard to get off at your age,you dont want a full suit or a pull over that you may need helping getting on and off,i just checked ebay theres a xxxl camo jacket full zipper,25$bid 15 shipping.looks new.
      And you can use as out of water jacket if its super cold.they really hold heat in shockingly so.
      Because of how hard they are to remove you might want to start with hood gloves and feet.try searchs like neoprine gloves socks hood.jacket check ebay cheap.also thift stores often have wetsuits for like 20$

  • Marco says:

    Hello,

    I read your blog in a quick and non efficient way. I didn’t find the answer I was looking for. I found your views very interesting, points are great too, thank you for your post. It helped me understand a little into what I was looking for. I hope you carry on with your views and different ways of wording your initial subject/subjects. Enjoy reading your book in hot summer days, it’s when you’re most alive in the most ways you can be.

    Regards,
    Marco

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