Some of the best surf conditions can be found from late Summer through Winter when tropical storms, hurricanes, and nor'easters are most common. The storms can be several miles off the coast and can kick up a descent swell. Look for east to northeast winds for the best action.
Jenness Beach is on Route 1A in Rye, about 5 miles south of Odiorne's Point, and probably a mile north of the North Hampton town line (if that)...
From Manchester.. take Rt 101 east to 1A.
Take a left (north) past Hampton to Jenness beach parking lot.
Paddling culture and Surf culture often clash. It is important to realize that in the surf there are a new set of rules to follow, and as paddlers we are the outsiders. To avoid conflicts with local surfers it is imperitive to learn, understand and practice surf etiquette. Not only will this avoid a fist fight in the parking lot, but the next paddler to enter the line-up will have a better experience, or not, depending on how you comply with the rules of the surf break.
Surf Etiquette for Beginners
Rye Beach Webcam
The Swell Info Wave Forcast Map is one of the best tools to get good waves and see what is coming in the next few days.
The Surf Etiquette overview is NOT CORRECT There are very established rules. Our boardie friends do have a different sense of what is a appropriate information sharing, and, to a large degree, the endorsing / inclusive nature of the paddling community is at odds with the surfing community - please check the following links.
Local Surf kayakers:
Link to Jenness Beach web cam, right at Jenness Beach. http://www.whisc.com/webcam/
This is a surf area located at North Hampton NH. The following links have good information.
The "Wall" at Hampton.
Current surf pics
Call SST Surf Shop in Hampton NH for the surf report. 603-926-8804
Cinnamon Rainbows also has a recorded surf report on 603-926-9283. This gets updated around 9am when the shop opens.
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Northeast boaters can celebrate that another beloved whitewater gem has been protected. Paddlers on the Winnipeseaukee River are now assured that the put-in on the Lower Winni in Northfield, NH will be forever protected thanks to the donation of a parcel from Gloria Blais in memory of her husband Roger. Gloria donated the land to the Town of Northfield for the purpose of assuring that future generations of boaters will have access to the river. Protecting river access to the Winni is part of an ongoing effort by AW in the northeast region to protect river access.
A hardy group of northeast boaters climbed into the natural river channel below a hydropower dam to participate in a flow study designed to assess whether whitewater flows should be restored to this dewatered river reach on the Connecticut River. While significant obstacles remain, this site has the potential for providing instruction, playboating, and a big water feature that that could be run throughout much of the year and provide a much needed boost to the local economy.
American Whitewater and Merrimack Valley Paddlers have reached an agreement to purchase a 10-acre parcel fronting on Contoocook River in Henniker, NH. The land serves as an important launch point for whitewater paddlers enjoying the popular section of the river that runs from Hillsborough to Henniker. This section of the Contoocook River contains rapids ranging in difficulty from Class II to Class IV.
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