It’s a well known fact that the strip of ocean off the coast of New Smyrna is one of the best surfing spots in Florida. Rock ledges 4-5 miles offshore cause excellent wave breaks and protect swimmers from dangerous under tows. Not only can accomplished surfers rip up New Smyrna’s waves, but beginners can learn the sport in safe waters. No matter your level of expertise, surfing gives you a rush like no other.
Every summer, the American Professional Surfing Association holds one of its premier contests here. Rookies and veterans from all over the country compete for the titles being given in several categories. A number of locals have gone on to make names for themselves in the surfing world. South side of the Ponce Inlet is a mecca for locals.