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Navigating Crowded Lineups: The Surfing Boom

As the sun warms the shores of Long Beach Island (LBI) after we 'sprung' our clocks forward in March, surf enthusiasts eagerly await the waves of summer and the thrill of riding them. Over the past few years, the world has witnessed a remarkable surfing boom, with more and more people flocking to to beaches to catch the perfect wave. While this surge in interest is exciting for the local surf-business owners, it also brings challenges, particularly in navigating through crowded lineups. But fear not- with a few tips and tricks, you can still make the most of your surfing experience this summer. Read on...



  1. Arrive Early or Stay Late: One of the simplest ways to avoid the crowds is to hit the waves either early in the morning or later in the evening. Not only will you find fewer people in the water, but you'll also get to enjoy the serenity of the ocean during these quieter hours.

  2. Explore Less Popular Spots: While iconic breaks like Ship Bottom and Beach Haven draw large crowds, LBI is dotted with lesser-known gems that offer excellent surfing conditions with fewer people. Take some time to explore these hidden spots, and you might just discover your new favorite surf spot.

  3. Respect Surfing Etiquette: With more surfers in the water, it's crucial to adhere to surfing etiquette to ensure everyone's safety and enjoyment. Give fellow surfers their space, wait your turn for waves, and communicate effectively to avoid collisions. Remember, a little courtesy goes a long way in maintaining harmony in the lineup.

  4. Be Patient and Flexible: Crowded lineups can test even the most chill surfers' patience, but remember to stay calm and flexible. If a spot seems too crowded, don't hesitate to move to a different break or take a break onshore until the crowds thin out. There's always another wave with nobody on it.

  5. Embrace the Community Spirit: Instead of viewing other surfers as obstacles, see them as part of a vibrant community united by a love for the ocean. Strike up conversations, share tips, and celebrate each other's successes. Building connections with fellow surfers not only enhances your experience but also fosters a sense of camaraderie in the lineup. Join one of Sandy Avocado Surf's summer events.

  6. Consider Surf Schools and Guided Sessions: If you're new to surfing or unfamiliar with the local breaks, enrolling in a surf school or joining guided sessions can offer valuable insights and support. Experienced instructors can help you navigate crowded lineups safely while honing your skills in the water. Book a Private Lesson

  7. Stay Safe and Respect the Ocean: Above all, prioritize safety and respect for the ocean. Crowded lineups can increase the risk of accidents, so always be mindful of your surroundings and follow safety protocols. Pay attention to changing weather conditions, tides, and currents, and never hesitate to seek assistance if needed.


As LBI continues to ride the wave of the surfing boom, navigating through crowded lineups may seem daunting at times. But with a blend of patience, respect, and a willingness to explore, you can enjoy the thrill of surfing while savoring the natural beauty of this coastal paradise. So wax up your board, paddle out with confidence, and let the waves of LBI carry you to unforgettable experiences this summer.


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