Re: Good Southeastern US Coast Spots?
North Carolina has some great breaks. I've been hearing of Wrightsville lately. Supposedly there's some good spots there. And Cape Hatteras produces a great wave.
Like oldenglish said, most of the east coast is sandy beach, with the exception few and far between, but basically from Sebastian Inlet, FL up gets swell. South of there is blocked by the Bahamas, so a good surf day is very rare. Basically, New Smyrna Beach, FL is the start of consistent surf. You'll have to do some driving and checking around, as not everywhere has surfable waves, but there are plenty of spots. Some to check out on the east coast of Florida, starting with the southernmost and heading north are Flagler Ave. in New Smyrna, the New Smyrna Inlet (although it gets very crowded with a pro-esque surf crew when there's swell), Ponce Inlet which is the north side of that same New Smyrna Inlet (I highly recommend this spot for beginners, as you'll want space to yourself. You don't want to be getting in the way and feeling uncomfortable. Ponce Inlet, which is reached by going to Daytona Beach and driving south on A1A until you reach the last beach access (it's at a stop sign, I forget the street name but I'll try to remember to check for you), and driving onto the beach and driving south. Next to the jetty is the best peak, but theres about a mile stretch of beach that basically goes untouched just north of there. This is my favorite spot), The Daytona Pier, the Flagler Beach pier, then hop up to St. Augustine, which has plenty of spots, but the best is the pier, or A Street as it's called, and then north of there I can't really help you with besides saying that Jacksonville has some spots.
Hope this helps! And good luck surfing!