OUR WAVES PRODUCE CHAMPIONS
East-Central Florida is home to the breaks that produced Three World Champion Surfers and many more professional surfers who have competed on the world stage. The type, size, and shape of the surf along our coast is both widely varied and yet somehow consistent.
"Everyone surfs their own way. If I try to surf like someone else, I look like a dork."
Ground Swells and The Washing Machine
Sebastian Inlet and it's World Famous First Peak Wave have been featured in video games and surf videos around the world. Just to the north of the inlet is Satellite Beach, Indian Harbour Beach, Cocoa Beach, and Patrick AFB. Brevard's Barrier Island Reef isn't just an ecological treasure, it is a unique and special part of a 80 mile long surfing corridor that includes Cape Canaveral and stretches from New Smyrna down to Vero Beach.
The reef produces consistent wave break lines for both regular- and goofy-footed surfers. These lines are the living hills we see people paddling, gliding, carving, and ducking on their short boards, long boards, kite boards, and paddle boards. The water is warm in the late summer and a few months out of the year it's cold enough for a wet-suit, but it's never the arctic ice-water found in so many other places on both the east and west coast of The United States.
During hurricane season, large rolling ground swells grace the long and slightly concave curvature of our coast. The quality of the breaks is relative to the angle which the waves collide with the shore, and this angle shifts slowly as the hurricanes travel south to north in the Atlantic. The curve of the shore and these travelling wave generators combine to give us a wide range of excellent surfing spots, each with its own challenges and highlights. In the winter, the nor'easters create a relentless wind-driven swell that challenges the stamina and skill of even the best.
Photo Credit: Ian Gronosky Photography
Surfrider Sebastian Inlet and Cocoa Beach Chapters
There are a number of threats to oceans and beaches from pollution, restricting public access, and large-scale projects. Surfrider Foundation is an international organization dedicated to protecting our beaches, and they engage in activities ranging from hosting surfing contests and planting sea oats, to lobbying the government for public access and environmental protections. They have devoted countless hours and numerous resources to protecting this natural reef, doing everything from beach cleanups, educational seminars, and dune vegetation planting, to organizing an offshore drilling ban, and working with our government to reduce the negative impacts of beach nourishment.
"I think when a surfer becomes a surfer, it's almost like an obligation to be an environmentalist at the same time."