About Dauphin Island

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. Dauphin Island Pier is probably the most reliable spot along Dauphin Island, particularly during a properly directed hurricane swell with N-NW winds, where an assortment of lefts and rights break softly over a sand bottom.

Source: Dauphin Island Surf Guide

Ability Level

Beginner - intermediate

Beg Int Adv

Anyone can hang.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

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

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

No rhyme, no reason, and probably no surfers.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Rarely breaks. Small, weak, disorganized and short-lived when it does.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

If you can swim, you can surf here. Actually, you probably don’t even need to be able to swim.

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.


Open to the public year-round with a nominal environmental fee.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard



Best Season


Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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