The UF Surf Club's top five Florida Surf spots
By Carter Henderson
5. Sebastian Inlet: Sebastian
The Inlet caught a rash of fierce localism in the 70s and 80s that forced surfers to prove their worth in talent, thus forging the spirit of showmanship that still lives there today. After producing notable pros like Todd Morcom, CJ and Damien Hobgood and Kelly Slater, the Inlet, which is said to be the birthplace of the aerial, boasts an impressive history.
4. New Smyrna Inlet: New Smyrna Beach
Loved by Orlando surfers and lauded for its consistency, the New Smyrna Inlet is usually a safe bet to find a wave.During the summer you'll only need to use one hand to count how many feet the surf is. This will be a good thing because you'll probably need the other to create separation between you and the others who have discovered the coastal consistency at New Smyrna.
3. Reef Road: Palm Beach
Surf this Palm Beach spot once and get ready to write a thank you note to the Army Corps of Engineers who dredged the inlet in 1916 and created one of the cleanest breaks in Florida. Surfing Reef Road has been known to include hassle from local anti-surfers, but it's also been known to include 10-foot swells.
2. Mayport Poles: Jacksonville
The Poles is known for having the best surf you've ever seen and the worst surf you could ever imagine all in the same day.But if you play the tides right, the Poles may give you the ride of your life, but if not, be prepared to paddle its infamous harsh current.
1. Melbourne Beach: Melbourne Beach
Due to a lack of community parking, this break is dominated by local and residential surfers. Unpredictable sandbars can provide great days and the surf gets more consistent the closer you get to Sebastian.