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Lets say you're going from Trenton, the capital, Take 195 to belmar, than hop on 34 south until you see a big sign that says "Manasquan"
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityRegional Classic
BottomSandy with rock
PowerHollow, Fast, Fun
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthVery Long (300 to 500 m)
Good swell directionSouth, SouthEast, East
Good wind directionWest, SouthWest, South
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft
Best tide positionMid tide
Best tide movementRising tide
Week crowdFew surfers
Week-end crowdUltra crowded
- Rips / undertow
- Man-made danger (buoys etc..)
Manasquan is a local classic and therefore it gets really crowded. Come in the winter during the work-week and you should be ok unless its epic. There is also a left that peels into a hole next to the jetty. Its a lot mellower than the right but revies a short, fast bowl.
It's a public beach but it costs /day for a beach badge.
There is some localism, but treat the people in the water with respect & you'll do fine, and in the summer you can't surf from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm (bennies)
Definately give it a shot if you live in New jersey but it's not worth travelling cross-country for.
By Milo , 13-11-2006
Respect Manasquan - I live next to Trenton (1 hr+) from the inlet and i try to surf every new spot i hear about. I go out every chance i get and sometimes even end up driving home due to small waves. However, nj does get excellent surf and it makes no sense to say a place doesn't ever get waves. Anyway, Manasquan is a place that has never disappointed me if it is surfable at all. It's a great spot for beginners (PLEASE STAY OUT OF THE WAY OF EXPERIENCED PEOPLE) since you can always paddle out easy next to the jetty and the waves break smaller paddling distance north of the crowd. like everyone here mentioned, this spot gets incredibly crowded, especially during the summer, and longboarders tend to hog the bigger sets, not to mention the lack of decent parking and $7 for a badge. All in all, i still try to find new places to surf but this has been my favorite.
By Anonymous , 18-09-2006
Too many longboarders - All the older local longboaders at squan sit deeper and take every set wave. When this place is on it gets good with long nice rights but if you shortboard you will be praying that one set wave goes unridden by the ten longboarders just to battle it out with another ten shortboarders who happen to be some of the better surfers in New Jersey.
By MaineSurfer , 27-07-2006
Hey Eggars - I detect you have a thing going with S Babe so why don't you trade email addresses and carry on the conversing without interfering with the surfing thread?Anyway, I lived and surfed the Manasquan Inlet in 1966 and 1967. Went to Manasquan High for 2 years then moved to Hawaii when my dad was transferred there from Ft. Monmouth. Me and some buddies started the Inlet Surf Team and competed in various contests up and down the coast.I visit relatives still living in NJ every year and make it a point to keep surfing the inlet. I don't always time it right but last year I hit some real fun 2 to 3 foot surf with light offshores. This year it was 6 inches to a foot and a high tide shorebreak right on the sand.My experience is that the surf at Manasquan is better than most other spots in the state when a swell is running. The jetty and associated sandbar definitely works with a good size swell. I love the place and I've surfed most every break in Jersey over the last 40 years.We usually stay in Hammonton at the Ramada Inn there because it's so centralized between where we end up visiting either in NJ or PA. My 14 year old daughter and I even caught Kelly Clarkson 9 days ago in Camden and had a blast!!!Hey, what's the shortest way to get to Manasquan from Hammonton? Love those Peach Shakes at Stewarts and Mango Water Ice from Rita's.
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