The Delaware beaches are seeing their fair share of these big waves up to twelve feet offshore.
The beaches are getting pummeled by Hurricane Teddy storm surge. God thing he is way off the coast or we would see even bigger waves. The National Weather Service recorded fifty-two foot waves today in the Atlantic Ocean. Buoy 44009 is reporting upwards of twelve foot waves off our coast. I went out at high tide for some pictures and video today Just n Delaware Seashore State Park, Rehoboth Beach, and Cape Henlopen State Park. Fist stop was a birds eye view from the Charles W Cullen Bridge (Indian River Inlet Bridge) of the northside beach and pocket.
I ventured to Rehoboth beach after visiting Delaware Seashore State Park. I wanted to see how much the water washed over the beach at the Firewatch towers on Gordons Pond beach. I was looking south on Rehoboth beach at my favorite spot to fish and … Wait, Is that a kite boarder way out on the ocean in front of Rehoboth beach? In twelve foot swells. All I could see was a sail once in a while, then a little man would pop up on a wave. Moving at a tremendous speed. Bruh!!! Nope, no sir, not this cowboy. That takes some mad skills and a lot of crazy. I’m sure he had an ear to ear smile, we don’t these conditions often. Ever see the video with the surfer talking about getting pitted? You can spend all day watching these waves eat the beach until it disappears. It is amazing to see a huge swell just push tons and tons of water onto a beach with zero effort. That force can move just about anything. I am amazed the Firewatch towers have stood as long as they have on our beaches. Speaking of which off to check out Gordons Pond in Cape Henlopen State Park.
Once I got done watching the surf at Rehoboth Beach I wanted to see just how wet the beach washed over at Gordons Pond at the Firewatch Towers. I drove over to Gordons pond and parked at the farthest walk on access by the last jetty. In the distance from Rehoboth that one big rock on the jetty looked like a vehicle on the beach. Nah, no one is crazy enough to drive onto a fully washed over soaked beach. Or so I thought.
Not a minute later after thinking no one would drive onto thisbeach and i new i wasn’t going into the park any farther. Here comes a vehicle onto Gordons Pond, for a hot minute they were doing good. Then common sense and some deep wet sand changed their mind. They turned around and hot footed it out of there throwing water and sand as they drove back off the beach. I assume they made it off I didn’t stick around long enough to find out. Wash your vehicle that salt water will eat your brakes metal parts. The wet sand will grind them down real nice too.
That was the extent of my tour today. I have seen these beches washed over so many times I can imagine just how bad the point and aval crossing were. I’ll check them out in the morning. I am sure the stumps at Naval crossing are exposed. I know the Delaware Bay beaches are washed to the dunes. Especially Broadkill Beach. I am sure on Saturday the surf fishing tournament The Broadkill Brawl will be just fine.