I would suggest logging into NESURF and getting on their forum. Really friendly group over there who would love to tell you about the best spots, wind/tide conditions, etc. Ask about getting a beanie, too.
Look let's be honest about this. There are no good surfing spots in Rhode Island. There's just no point in looking for them. You should really move away from Rhode Island. And take your buddies and tell them to move away too. In fact, every person you see looking for a spot to surf in Rhode Island, tell them to move to Cleveland, there's great surfing on Lake Erie.
ya, they've made movies about the great lakes scene. I'm saving up for a trip out there