Winthrop, MA

Surfing Is Not a Summer Sport in New England

Yana Bostongirl

It is true that it has been an especially cold winter here in New England but that doesn't seem to deter the number of surfers who turn up at Nahant Beach, Revere Beach, and Winthrop Beach despite the freezing temperatures. In fact, surfing in the dead of winter has shown to have risen steadily over the last several years.

This is what surfer Jayne O'Leary had to say about this trend to the Everett Independent: “I’ve seen the change in the scene where only a few guys came out to surf, to a few more and then the women started coming.” The reason for this can be attributed to Nor’easters because when they start to form, they create huge swells at sea which attracts the surfers in droves.

In an interview with The Everett Independent Mark Wysocki, surfer and owner of a surf shop in Eastie, called ‘Wave N Pave’ explained why surfing is considered a winter sport in New England "Winter is the season; it's pretty much all we have. “We have more low-pressure systems that create more storms.”

However, surfing in Massachusetts is easier said than done for obvious reasons. Firstly, surfers need expensive wetsuits as well as a good tolerance for the freezing temperatures, and secondly, they often have to wait weeks for waves suitable for surfing.

Pamela Gardner meteorologist at NBC 10 Boston had this image posted on her Twitter today with the caption: "Surf is up and definitely COLD. Surfers braved the elements this morning."
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