"A surfer's dream."

"World class surfing beach."

"The Surfing Capital of Long Island."

These are just some of the ways Montauk's Ditch Plains has been described by reviewers on the travel website tripadvisor.com. 

The popular spot for "hanging 10" was even ranked 14th on Coastal Living magazine's list of the 21 "Best Beaches" in the U.S.

On Saturday, surfers flocked to the haven to kick off the holiday weekend on their boards.

"A lot of people don't realize there's a very good surf out here in Montauk," Joe Bruzzese, of Massapequa Park, said in between catching waves. "Ditch Plains is world renowned."

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The beach can get crowded, and Bruzzese said it might not seem so impressive at first glance.

"It's actually nicer than it looks from the land," he added.

Michael Hansen, a surfer from Manhattan who surfed there Saturday, said he's seen waves up to 10 feet roll into this spot during hurricane season.

"The waves are good here," he added while resting on the beach.

What does it take to snag a good one?


"You have to have patience for sure," Bruzzese said. "When the right one comes, it comes."

Watch the video above to see the surfing action at Ditch Plains.