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Maine (ME), New Hampshire (NH), Massachusetts (MA) and Rhode Island (RI). New England boasts the American East Coast’s best surfing areas. Further to the south, a broad, smoothly sloping continental shelf drains incoming swells of much of their wave energy, but here the offshore waters are deep, and swells sweep into shore with plenty of punch still left in them. New England’s four surfing states are the only places in the east where you’re likely to encounter rocks in the surf. Pointbreaks and reefs, consisting of boulders, pebbles, or fingers of rock, provide a contoured base for some killer waves.