About 36th St Newport

36th is a great place for kids and average surfers in the summer. On big, closeout south swells, you can find fun peaks/left walls in that area. However, the closer you get to the pier the smaller the waves will be. The waves are more forgiving and mellower than the upper jetties. 36th can be fun with the winter's west swells too. Plus there's less crowd and it's less competitive than 28th Street and Blackies. (Hint: It's worth a check on big closeout south swells when the south wind is blowing.)

Source: 36th St Newport Surf Guide

Ability Level

Beginner - intermediate

Beg Int Adv

Beginner to advanced

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Mostly cordial.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Not as bad as surrounding breaks.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Playful little beachbreak most days, can get exceptional on a good combo or tropical swell.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Pretty short paddle most days, but can be a lot of work on a strong south or northwest swell with current.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Not great after a rain.

Additional Information


Falling into the jetty, beginners on big boards.


Street parking with a few meters sprinkled in for good measure. Double check that street sweeping day, if there are available spots galore it's probably too good to be true.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard, skimming, bodyboard, bodysurfing



Best Season

March-October, but can be good on some W or NW swells November-February.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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