Sandy Hook The Cove

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The Sandy Hook area has other beachbreaks and jettys if the crowd at The Cove gets to be a bit much. Jetty just south can be just as much fun and is usually less crowded although the wave is not as long. It may not last to much longer due to sand replenishment, which will make the main Cove a bit more crowded. A good spot to hit when the conditions are right and Long Island is cross shore from the west with an easterly swell

Get there early! On a decent day, the place fills up fast with boardriders of all kinds. It can get agressive at times. Also a hotspot for surf-fishermen who in general don't want you there. A bit less aggro as size picks up and crowd thins. Decent surf year round, with the late summer or early fall being the best due to tropical systems churning in the Atlantic.

Additional Info:
The Cove is an artificial point break created by erosion control measures. Depending on swell direction, The Cove can be an all-time down the line speed run or a semi-mushy relaxed cruise. The more east in the swell the faster the ride.


Exit 117 Garden State Parkway, Follow signs to Sandy Hook. Second Parking lot, north end.

WalkInstant access (<5 min)
Public accessYes
4x4 requiredUnknown
Boat requiredUnknown
Wave Characteristics
TypePoint break
BottomSandy with rock
PowerHollow, Fast, Fun
FrequencyRegular (100 days/year)
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300m)
Ideal Conditions
Wind directionWest, SouthWest
Swell directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast
Swell sizeLess than 3ft - 10ft+
TideAll tides
Tide movementRising and falling tides
WeekFew surfers

Rips / undertow, Rocks, Localism



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