Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama Surfing

About Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama

These two states are so marginal for waves that the few local surfers are more likely to get wet in Texas or Florida. However, there are some interesting spots around the Delta, and there are surfers in both states. 'The Delta area was very complicated,' Bryson Williamson summarizes. At the height of the '60s surf craze, Williamson opened a BJ's Surf Shop in Houma and sponsored a Louisiana surf team. They surfed Grand Isle, Holly Beach near Lake Charles, and the bayou La Fouce.
The islands around the Mississippi Delta do intercept some swell, and there are some point breaks that can be quite good by Gulf standards. They are difficult to access, however – most only by boat, and few even know of their existence. The most telling factoid for the lack of surf is a glance at pilot charts, which indicate a water depth of less than 35ft (11m) extending for miles offshore. This reflects eons of silting from the vast heartland drainage system that feeds into the Mississippi River, which has choked the muddied waters for miles around the river's delta.
Rumors of waves on offshore sandbanks out on the Mississippi Delta can't be discounted, and the Port Fourchon to Grand Isle stretch near the East Bay Peninsula may hold surf since it protrudes towards deeper water. On the whole, however, Louisiana and Mississippi are unlikely to deliver if it's surf you're lookin' for.
Alabama's slim 50 miles (80km) of swell exposure is wedged between the worst and one of the best surfing areas on the Gulf Coast. Generally, it's more like the former. Split by Mobile Bay into two areas of possibility, Alabama needs hurricanes or SE windswell for any sort of wave action. Breaks on the skinny, sandy strip of Dauphin Island tend to be weaker and less organized, but the surf spots between Fort Morgan and the Florida state line provide the best chance of rideable waves. There is little argument among the locals that when it's good here, Florida is probably better! Still, there has been an Alabama State Championships held at State Pier in the past (won by Sammy Owen in '69), so there are definitely surfers here and surf to be had.

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