About Matunuck

Matunuck’s surf is basically concentrated into three main breaks, from east to west: Deep Hole, a speedy left at low tide; Trestles, an A-frame peak with hollow rights and zippy lefts at lower tides; and The Point, a well-defined peak with a short, bowly right and a long, rippable left that links up with an inside bowl on incoming. All spots break over cobblestone/boulder reefs and can handle well-overhead swell. The Point likes SE swells, while Trestles and Deep Hole typically favor E swells, but all still operate on S swells.

Source: Matunuck Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Darwinian as anywhere else — the best surfers get the best waves.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

With three quality reefbreaks in one zone, there’s bound to be some hostility.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Perpetually packed with surfers, kayakers, etc.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Undoubtedly one of Rhode Island’s primo pointbreak/reefbreak zones, it’s like the West Coast of the East Coast.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Rip currents and tough paddle-outs are the norm when it’s big.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Pretty clean… now. An oil spill off Point Judith in 1996 incited new and increased safety regulation, and Surfrider’s Rhode Island Chapter implemented the Blue Water Task Force, which conducts water testing/analysis at several spots.

Additional Information


Hypothermia, localism, rocks.


Year-round free parking lot.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard


Cobblestone boulders.

Best Season


Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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