Delray Beach surfing conditions are renowned among surfers living in and visiting South Florida. Known as South Florida’s first ever home of surfing—since the later 1950s—Delray Beach features a lengthy two-mile pristine white sand edging on oceanfront serving up some lofty waves. The beach itself is readily accessible which makes it a prime candidate for surfers looking to get out and hit the water without having to take too much time to arrive at the destination. The best time for Delray Beach surfing is when either low or mid tides roll in. Current surfing conditions at the beach are presented by a system known as “green-yellow-red” which quickly alerts surfers to the conditions at hand. Along with Delray Beach surfing, there are excellent surfing conditions found in the region at Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, and South Beach.
Delray Beach surfing is ideal for all levels with a Regional Classic wave style and regular waves. The best wind and swell directions are Northwest, Northeast, and North. The beach break comes in from the left and features a safe, sandy bottom. Powerful, fast, hollow, and fun, most waves roll out from 50 to 150 meters on a good day and between 150 to 300 meters on an excellent day. The best time to surf without crowds is during the week when the beach is nearly empty. The coast fills up and gets fairly crowded during the weekend. Dangers include sharks, undertow, and riptides.
A variety of surf breaks are available at Delray Beach’s east side at Atlantic Dunes Park. Open to the public between 8:00 am and dusk, Atlantic Dunes Park is open for surfing, swimming, hiking and picnicking. Located near Linton Boulevard, this park features supervision by lifeguards from the Ocean Rescue Division (between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm) making it a safe place for outdoor activities. There are also public restrooms, a pavilion, and picnic tables.