The star attraction in New Smyrna Beach is its 17-mile stretch of white sandy beaches. Sunbathing, swimming, bicycling, strolling or doing nothing at all is the choice of most visitors. But the beach is also well-known to surfers, offering some of the finest wave action on the Eastern Seaboard. Surfing is a favorite pastime and the locals have the scoop on where to catch the best wave. New Smyrna is the perfect place for experts and amateurs alike. With rock ledges 4 - 5 miles offshore, the wave breaks are plentiful but swimmers are protected from dangerous undertows. Beginners like our beaches because they can learn the sport in safe waters.
Each summer, New Smyrna Beach is flooded with surfers as the American Professional Surfing Assocation holds one of its premier contests. If you don’t know how to surf, don’t sweat it! Surf lessons are available for all ages. Jimmy Lane Surfing Academy offers classes on a daily and weekly basis and is open to all ages and all levels of students. Surfin' NSB also offers surfing lessons, and their instructors will even come to you! And don’t forget about paddleboarding and kayaking. Kayak rentals and eco-guided tours are available for those who wish to paddle through the backwaters of the Indian River, which allow an up close and personal experience of the area's wildlife and natural islands whether you choose to go solo or make it a family outing.
Our area has a number of surf, kayak and paddleboard shops available where you can choose to rent or purchase your attire and equipment. Be sure to check out Nichols Surf Shop, the oldest surf shop in New Smyrna Beach, and locally owned and operated. Nichols has rentals, sales and service for bikes, boards and kayaks. Surf lessons, paddleboard/kayak tours and sailboat rides are also available. Also stop by Paddleboard New Smyrna for all of your paddleboard needs. Paddleboard New Smyrna offers SUP rentals, lessons, and tours along with the largest selection of new and used paddleboards in town. No need to lug your SUP around town; just stop by and on to the water you go!