I'm living in Sandy Hook, NJ this summer, in Fort Hancock for an internship. I started surfing the cove in the gateway national park, but it's a little different from what I expected. The jetty doesn't go out far enough and the waves break really close to the beach. I haven't seen the spot on a decent swell yet, I was wondering if anyone could give me a little insight. Does it break farther out with a good swell and the right wind? It looks like it could set up for a really good long right. Thanks.
I'm going on my 8th summer guarding out there, and the Cove does not break on any type of south swell because it faces more northeast. Don't look for any waves there with a south swell, passes right by. It's also filled in because of all the beach replenishment. When a big swell comes, it moves a lot of the sand out and the wave breaks better. Just be patient. It doesn't get good all that often. Take care.
Yeah I know sorry about that. I grew up surfing the old cove but moved away after the sand was pumped in. My friends still go there but I haven't been in a long, long time. I think they should change the name to "the bump" which is what it really is now.
Those jetties were great! All of them bottom to top. I learned to surf on 4th jetty from the bottom and spent most of my time there. As I got older and felt braver I would surf first jetty the most when there was any size, and second jetty on small summer days. The 3rd jetty up broke right into the seawall but it could be epic on the right swell and exciting trying not to get smashed into the rocks. Once during a storm I got caught in there and a wave lifted me up and threw me onto the ledge of a rock as I scrambled up the 20 foot high wall 5th jetty up was sorta a secret spot that no one checked but it could get really good. The Cove was always crowded (relatively speaking) during a good swell but you could catch it on the right day empty. Not being heavily traveled, this is the best place that I have every surfed or seen before or since. It is a real shame it is not there anymore. Here are 2 pictures of first jetty, I surfed both of these days.