Miami isn’t known for being a prime surf destination with consistent swells, but when the wind picks up in September, surf can be pretty decent. So ride out the flat summer months and visit SoBe when the wintertime low-pressure systems get the waves pumping. From absolute beginner surfers to seasoned pros, there’s a surf spot for you along the Magic City’s shores. After you visit our favorite Miami surf shops for some gear, head to these top surfing destinations.

F1rst Surf Supply

SoBe’s year round warm waters make this an excellent location for surfing beginners.Visit this hip indie surf shop on the southernmost point of SoBe if you’re a newb. Not only do they rent boards by the hour, but they offer specialized lessons in private teaching spots to get you started. Their classes are led by their talented group of surf instructors with over 20 years of combined experience. Learn the fundamentals from a beginners status to advanced lessons for those looking to brush up on the sport.

SoBe Surf

SoBe Surf is another great option for people of all ages looking for lessons on how to catch waves. Make an appointment and meet at the south end of Miami Beach for your lesson. The instructors choose locations suitable for those attending the class. SoBe has a sandy bottom that is ideal for beginners, so the lessons are usually taught in water that is less than 3 feet deep. Not only do instructors teach you the fundamentals, but you’ll learn how to appreciate the oceans, understand the sport, and get expert guidance about boards and equipment if you get hooked and are looking to purchase gear.

South Pointe Park

Once you’ve mastered the basics at F1rst Surf Supply, take the quick five-minute walk south to South Pointe Park on South Beach. Across South Pointe Park, just before the pier, you’ll find some powerful, A-Frame waves if you paddle out. Beware the rocks and shallow shore, and be prepared to share the swells with other surfers. Probably the most intense spot on this list, surfers have reported catching 10-foot waves when the conditions are right.

Haulover Beach

If you’re looking for some space, take the 20-minute ride north to Haulover Beach, where you’re free to surf in the open waters. This clothing-optional beach is to be surfed ideally during low tide and when the winds are coming from the west. Park in front of the Harbour House on the south side of the Herman B. Fultz Bridge for a short stay or the number four parking lot for a small flat rate if you want to hang out awhile.

No matter where you’re taking the plunge into the Miami waters, knowing the beach conditions can help you plan your visit. Check out Magic Seaweed for a live SoBe surf forecast.

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