About Gordon Pond

Five minutes from Rehoboth Beach inside Cape Henlopen State Park, Gordons Pond is not as celebrated or as consistent as the long rights on offer at Naval Jetties to the north, but it’s nonetheless a less-crowded summertime option, and a veritable S swell magnet. A good option when most of the rest of Delmarva is victory-at-sea, this jetty-strewn beachbreak can get heavy and hollow and can hold well-overhead hurricane surf.

Source: Gordon Pond Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Must be able to take steep, late drops and pull in quick. Delaware heaves harder than you think.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

We’ve never met Gordon, but assume they're mellow.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

If you’re here and I’m here doesn’t that make it our time?

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Right now, a wave you’ve never heard of is on the cook — might be this one.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Shorebreak is rad — maximum reward for minimum effort.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Located inside a State Park, there’s no pollution to speak of. Historically passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time.

Additional Information


Rips, debris, sea lice, submerged tree stumps.


Cape Henlopen State Park is open year-round from 8am to sunset — $5 entry fee for Delaware registered vehicles, $10 for out-of-state vehicles.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish, bodyboard


Sand and maybe a few stumpy surprises here and there.

Best Season


Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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