Windsurfing sites on Long Island
This list is of my favorite spots for windsurfing on Long Island, New York.
It is not very complete but covers all wind directions.
Belleview Park, Center Moriches: Go east on Montauk Highway about 3/4 mile
from downtown Center Moriches. Turn south on Belleview Ave. and drive to
the end. Best winds are from S to W; particularly the SW flows that come
just before a cold front arrives. Parking is free all year and the rigging
area is a nice mowed lawn. At low tide you should wade out past the sand
bar about 100 yards off shore before starting. In the summer there can be
considerable boat traffic in the channel about a half a mile out. Across
the bay there are some nice flats behind Fire Island. Pay attention to the
currents if you go near the inlet, which is a couple of miles SE. Weed fins
are a necessity here in the summer and early fall.
East Moriches NY State public access site: From Montauk Highway, go south
on Atlantic Ave. from the only light in East Moriches. After about 3/4 mile
turn left on Moriches Island Road. When it ends at the water the launching
area is on your right. You can drive in off of the access road to the Coast
Guard Station. Best winds are from NE to S. The SE flow can be outstanding
here during a storm. Parking is free all year. The rigging area has
deteriorated due to last year's storms and people driving on the grass; I
keep hoping they will eventually make people park outside as at Belleview
Park. The shore here retreated about 20 feet during last winter's storms.
Shore Road, Remsenburg: From South Country Road take Shore Road south to
the end. Free parking all year. Best winds are S to W. Can be rather
shallow at low tide. Lots of boat traffic in the channel in the summer.
Cold Spring Road, Southhampton: Going east on Sunrise continue past where
limited access ends to exit 6, and turn north on Sebonac road. After about
1/2 mile turn left on Cold Spring Road to the end. Park on the east side of
the road at least 150 feet from the water. Good on any kind of north wind.
Excellent on a NW just after a cold front goes through. The Peconic Bay is
fairly wide here so there can be a lot of big chop. It is often described
as a "mogul field."
Some other spots I have not tried myself include Hecksher Park, Gillette
Ave. Bayport, New Suffolk, the ocean near Ponquogue, Napeague Harbor, and
Meschutt Park except in summer. Send me your descriptions and I can add
them to this file.