About Gilgo Beach

A far cry from the rest of Long Island, this stretch of coast is made up of long, sparsely populated barrier islands, consisting mostly of state and town beach parks. Gilgo is loaded with surfing history. Given the right conditions, the peaks can be hollow, but there is usually someplace better nearby.

Source: Gilgo Beach Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

All levels depending on the swell.

Local Vibe

Welcoming

Welcoming Intimidating

Mellow.

Crowd Factor

Moderate

Mellow Heavy

Heavy in summer, otherwise not bad.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

Fun but usually not the best spot around.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

Light Exhausting

Tough on big swells but mostly not too bad.

Water Quality

Clean

Clean Dirty

Pretty clean overall.

Additional Information

Hazards

None really; just pay attention to novice surfers in the water.

Access

Easy

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard, bodyboard

Seabed

Sand

Best Season

September through March

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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