Local Surf Information for Venice, Nokomis and Sarasota

Does the Gulf (Venice-Sarasota) even get surf?

No. Check out my local surfing photos though. You can sometimes catch waves at the Venice Jetty, North Jetty on Casey Key, the Venice Pier, and Lido Beach.

What are local surfing conditions like?

I would check VeniceJetty.com, Surfline, and maybe my insta story (@jsarasota) and the @venicejettysurf story.

Where can I rent a surfboard?

Jetty Rentals
Kayak • Paddleboard • Surfboard
Hourly to multi-day rentals available
Call/text 941-525-0117 for more info

Family owned/operated with Aloha

Where can I buy a surfboard, skimboard, wetsuit, leash, and sunscreen?

Sarasota Area
Compound Boardshop
Foam ◾️ Fiberglass ◾️ Wood ◾️ Feathers
Established 2003
(941) 552-9805

Venice/Nokomis Area
You may still want to try the Compound (above).

Windflight Surf Shop
🏝 Casey Key, Florida
☀️ Since 1983
🌊 Open 10am-6{ish}pm

Surfers Warehouse
Since 1999
We’re an online and in-person surf/skate shop run by a father and daughter 🏄‍♂️🏄‍♀️🌊

Engelwood Area
Drifters Boutique – Boardshop
Located inside Skips Marina
Come in and check out drifters surf, skate, and skim selection
Hours: 8am – 5pm

I’m a total newb/grom, how can I learn to surf?

Hit up Julia from Paradise FitSurf. She’s one of the nicest humans on earth, and I’ve personally seen her teach the newest of surfers how to get up and get going.

Paradise FitSurf
Venice, FL
Personal Training 💪🏻Surf Lessons 🌊 • Get Fit and Surf the Gulf Coast Paradise 🌺

What about this surf etiquette thing I’ve seen all these memes about?

Here’s a link. The basic rules of surf etiquette.

When are you shooting (surf/skim) next?

I usually try to hit every swell, but I travel for events and have a million obligations (just like you). Hit me up on Insta, if you think there’s a swell coming. I’ll let you know.

How can I tell if I should go to North or South [top secret location]?

If the wind has any strength, and it’s coming out of the north, then you hit South. The counter is true, if the wind is coming out of the south. You want a wind-break on that side, hit North.

Other Sites and Surf Information for Florida


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