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Are there waves in nahant?

The easiest way to see if there are waves at Nahant Beach is

to check our SURF CAM

How to find/read a wave report

  • Swell period: 

    • look for 6 or 7 seconds or greater swell period

  • Swell height: 

    • look for about 1.5' and up

  • Swell direction: 

    • any swell direction besides South and west work for this area

  • Wind direction

    • offshore wind is the best (but not a requirement)

    • surf is best at NAHANT BEACH when wind direction is  SOUTH, SOUTH WEST, NORTH or NORTH WEST

  • Tide

    • NAHANT BEACH is good for surfing during ALL TIDES (low, medium, and high tide)

MAGIC SEAWEED

WEB AND MOBILE APP

SWELL INFO

WEB AND MOBILE APP

STEP 1:
DOWNLOAD A WAVE FORECAST APP (OR VISIT THE WEBSITE)
& SEARCH FOR NAHANT BEACH





 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR:

STEP 2:

READ THE WAVE CHART :

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Live surf report for

nahant beach

 
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When/Where can i surf

at nahant beach?

  • If you're renting a surfboard and plan on surfing at Nahant Beach, it's best to come before 9 am or after 4 pm in the summer, especially on the weekends to secure parking in the zone where surfing is permitted.

  • Marker 12 is half-way down the beach parking lot and is the first marker of the zone where surfing is permitted all day. Before this marker, surfing is prohibited while lifeguards are on duty (9am-4pm).

Can I surf right outside of the shop?

  • You can only surf close to the shop before 9 am or after 4 pm in the summer (after the lifeguards leave)

  • surfing in lifeguard zones while lifeguards are on duty is prohibited at MA state beaches during the summer

 
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Parking at Nahant Beach

Via the Mass Gov website:

  • Daily parking fees at Nahant Beach, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m (May 14 - October 31)

  • Parking lot entrance closes at 8 pm, but you are allowed to park until midnight.

  • CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS ONLY

  • Mobile payments accepted via the YODEL app:​​

    • ​Pre-purchased passes do not guarantee entry upon arrival. We strongly recommend purchasing your pass upon arrival at the park to ensure admission, unless otherwise noted on the individual park page within the app

How much does it cost to park?

  • MA residents - $10

  • Non-MA residents  - $40

  • Resident and non resident status is determined by the vehicle license plate

  • Annual Parking Pass - $60

    • MA residents can purchase an Annual Parking Passes for all DCR properties (available online through  YODEL or on the YODEL app). It saves you a lot of money if you plan on spending a lot of time at Nahant beach or other MA state beaches.

If I rent a surfboard, can I park at the surf shop while I surf?

  • No. The spots in front of the shop are reserved for those currently shopping only. If you want to surf, you must get a spot in the beach parking lot, and we provide roof racks/straps for those who want to drive to the surf zone.

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How can I rent a board

  • Stop by the shop to rent a board!

  • you must be 18+ to rent

  • please bring 2 matching forms of ID (i.e. a credit card and a driver's license)

  • once you get to the shop, you will fill out a waiver and we will get you set up!

  • check out our rental page for more information

 

What hours can I rent?

  • our last rental goes out one hour before closing (7 pm), and must be returned by 8 pm.

  • we don't offer 24 hour rentals on sundays because the shop is closed mondays.

Where can I park while I rent?

  • The spots in front of the shop are reserved for those currently shopping only. You must park in the Nahant beach parking to surf at Nahant beach. We provide roof racks/straps for those who want to drive to the surf zone or another beach.

Can I reserve/ prebook a board?

  • no. boards are available on a first come first serve basis, however, we typically have enough boards to meet demand.

Can you hold my belongings while I surf my rental board?

  • no. due to limited space in the shop, we are unable to be responsible for any belongings. Please plan accordingly and leave valuables at home! lock what you don't need in your car, or bring a water bag with you.

Can I try on my rental wetsuit in the shop?

  • yes! we have changing rooms where you can try on your rental wetsuit for size, but please remove your wet wetsuit before coming back into the shop!

How do I return my rental?

  • please remove your used wetsuit before returning to the shop. you must check in with the front desk before returning your rental. Rental equipment can be returned at our back gate.

 
 
 
 
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Surfing Etiquette 101

  1. DON'T DROP IN ON PEOPLE
  2. THE SURFER CLOSEST TO THE PEAK OF THE WAVE HAS THE RIGHT OF WAY
  3. WAIT YOUR TURN
  4. DON'T SNAKE
  5. DON'T PADDLE OUT THROUGH BREAK
  6. DON'T BE A WAVE HOG
  7. COMMUNICATE
  8. KEEP CONTROL OF YOUR EQUIPMENT
  9. CHECK YOUR EQUIPMENT
  10. GIVE RESPECT TO GET RESPECT

Surfing Etiquette 101

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Surfing Safety

How to stay safe while surfing

  1. Always make sure the leash is tethered to your board AND to your ankle

  2. Always jump off to the side or back of the board, never in front.

  3. Cover your head when you jump off the board

  4. Avoid swimmers- maintain at least a 20 ft distance horizontally between swimmers and other surfers

  5. Do not surf behind swimmers

 

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Nahant beach ammenities

Restrooms

  • Ocean house surf DOES NOT have customer restrooms. However, there are many nearby public restrooms:

    • Porta Potties are located across the street from the shop at the Nahant Beach parking entrance.​

    • Modern amenities are located at the bath house half way down Nahant Beach

Showers + Changing Rooms

  • the Nahant Beach bathhouse also has showers and changing rooms.

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