The best surfing beach in Delmarva is the north beach at Indian River Inlet. This designated surfing beach drops off fairly quickly. The offshore shoals (called an ebb tidal delta) of Indian River Inlet set up the right conditions for board surfing – big waves quickly encountering shallow sand bars, causing them to break into deep water shoreward. Inlets that sweep sand far offshore to form the lunate-shaped ebb tidal shoals often create the best surfing conditions along the East Coast, but one must be wary of the strong tidal currents and boat traffic.
Summer here is a hazard in itself. With the annual tourist invasion comes gridlock, jellyfish, sea lice, police and insanity. Since the surf is so friendly and unobtrusive, other people and little critters are all you need to worry about.
Like most East Coast locales, summer along Delmarva is tourist season, meaning restrictions and gridlock on the roads and in the lineup. If that isn’t bad enough, it’s also the worst season for surf, as high pressure and offshore winds resound. Hurricane season, which begins June 1, typically doesn’t heat up until August. July is the best time not to be on the East Coast, and that is especially true for the Mid-Atlantic. However, it’s nice to shed rubber for four months of the year.