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A magical feeling happens when you catch a wave. It’s this indescribable combination of an adrenaline rush and feeling one with the ocean (and maybe a little bit like Kate Bosworth in Blue Crush). You’ll find plenty of opportunities for those moments in the Hamptons, thanks to some of the best surf spots on the East Coast—you just have to know where to look.

Whether you’re a newbie or you’ve been surfing for years, here’s where to find the best surf in the Hamptons. Grab your board and hit the waves.

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PONQUOGUE BEACH

This Hampton Bays beach is a dream for newbie surfers. The waves are fairly low-key, there are lifeguards on duty and the fellow surfers you’ll run into are a friendly bunch who are used to beginners. After hitting the waves, treat yourself to an ice-cream cone at the snack bar.

How to find it: From downtown Hampton Bays, cross the Ponquogue Bridge to Dune Road.

DITCH PLAINS

Arguably the most well-known surf beach on Long Island (and for good reason), Ditch Plains is famous for its long, peeling waves. This spot gets super crowded during the summer months, but it’s still a decent spot for those just starting out.

How to find it: From Route 27, take Ditch Plains Road south until you hit the beach (just east of Shadmoor State Park).

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CAMP HERO

How are your cliff-climbing skills? Experienced surfers love the waves off of Camp Hero State Park (which has the best name ever), but the best spot requires climbing down a cliff with your board. Once you do, you’ll be rewarded with an uncrowded beach.

How to find it: Take the Montauk Highway east to Camp Hero Road and follow the signs for parking.

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SHINNECOCK INLET

Montauk undoubtedly has the best surf, but summer traffic can make getting there an ordeal. The waves at Shinnecock Inlet can be hit or miss depending on where the sandbars have moved, but this stretch of coast is worth a visit when you want to get in a quick sesh.

How to find it: Leave the car at Shinnecock East County Park and head to the east side of the inlet.

DUNE ROAD

Summer goal: Make friends with a Dune Road Westhampton Beach local. This stretch is known for its big, gnarly waves, making it a favorite of serious surfers. And while it’s fairly uncrowded, it is technically a private beach (hence the aforementioned schmoozing).

How to find it: Drive down Dune Road in Westhampton Beach and try to find an allowed place to park.

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