About Alabama Point

With only about 50 miles of swell exposure and shallow sand flats hampering swell production — Alabama beachbreaks are abominably fickle and require a significant amount of local S-SE windswell or, more ideally, a strong tropical system to produce rideable waves. With its breakwater/seawall setup and assortment of jetties/groins, Alabama Point at Orange Beach often makes the most sense of any available energy from the Gulf, capable of holding up to six-foot faces during bigger SE swells, making it one of the best options on the Alabama mainland.

Source: Alabama Point Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Everybody until the rarest of hurricane swells produces spitting barrels, which draws rippers out of the woodwork.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Alabamians are perhaps the friendliest surfers in the country. Both of them.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

A big, moody swell might summon the odd ripper from the Panhandle, but there’s always more than enough to go around.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Manmade structures make this one of Alabama’s most dependable surf zones. But it’s still Alabama.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

It’s shallow, there’s structures — piece of cake.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Silt from the Mississippi and a history of oil spills is the reality in the Gulf of Mexico. Historically failed to meet water quality standards, less than 60% of the time.

Additional Information


Sharks, jellyfish, pollution.


Free parking.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard



Best Season


Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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