Oregon Coast Surfing

September 1, 2012 by  

Oregon Coast Surfing, There’s a secret in Oregon that local surfers don’t want you to know. Hawaii may have the pristine beaches but Oregon has waves that are irresistible for all surfers from novice to expert.

Before you head West check out the conditions at these wave watch sites: and Next, hook your boards onto your Subie and hit Highway 26 West straight to Seaside about 75 miles from Portland. What? No gear? Your first stop is Seaside Surf Shop, (, 1116 S Roosevelt Dr.(503) 717-1110) where they have all the gear you need to rent or buy. Closer to the beach you’ll find Cleanline Surf (, 719 1st Ave, (503) 738-7888) and after that it’s time to hit the water!

Novice surfers will want to stay on the beach in the middle of town where there is a lifeguard on duty during the summer months. Watch out for that undertow! It’s known to be tough and has pulled many a surfer out to sea. If the waves aren’t nukin’ you can always hit the promenade and get an elephant ear, stroll through the many shops, learn about the Lewis and Clark expedition, or play a game of miniature golf.

Expert surfers will surely enjoy the wake a little farther South at “the point”. Truly for experts only, the rocks off the point have injured even the most accomplished surfers. This is the place world-renowned by professionals but kept low profile so they can enjoy the beautiful tubes that break off the point in relative peace. You’ll want to stay forever, and Hawaii will become a distant memory after visiting the point.

Travel South on Hwy 101 from Seaside a mere fifteen miles and you’ll arrive at another hot Oregon surf spot called Indian Beach. Indian Beach is on the South end of a small town named Cannon Beach nestled within Ecola State Park. Full amenities are available if you choose to spend the night and turn a short surf trip into a little longer one. Indian Beach is perfect for the novice to moderately skilled surfer and the view is breath taking. There is a surf shop in Cannon Beach (Cannon Beach Surf Shop,, 1088 S Hemlock, (503) 436-0475) that offers everything you need including lessons. Cannon Beach Surf shop also has surf camps for all levels and one especially for women.

A surf vacation in Oregon wouldn’t be complete without stopping at Short Sand Beach. This Oregon gem is hidden within the old growth forest encompassing Oswald West State Park just 10 miles South of Cannon Beach. This location truly should be included in one of the Seven Wonders of the World with towering old growth trees covered in moss lining a gravel pathway leading toward the beach. After a long and winding journey down the path along a babbling brook, the most seasoned surfer might be a little weary but will be invigorated once again when the trees open up revealing a cove with a break to the South that is ideal for experts. The more novice to intermediate surfer will be satisfied with the waves generated at mid-shore and feel secure seeing other’s at all skill levels within close reach. Short Sand is frequented year-round by many surfers and was used for filming the final scene in the Patrick Swayze/Keanu Reeves classic surf flick “Point Break”.

There you have it! The secret is out. So, save your money on airfare and check out the Oregon coast. Year-round, for all skill levels, it won’t disappoint.

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