Willing to give the cold Pacific waters a shot? Oregon may not be as well known for its waves as some places, but it’s definitely got a few great options for beginners looking to develop their wave-sliding skills.
We take a look at some of the top Oregon surf spots for beginners – you may want to get your wetsuit ready.
If you’re new to surfing, then you’ll want to head to Otter Rock. It’s one of the best beginner surf spots in North America, with a massive headland protecting the beach from giant swells and wind. So many people learn to surf here, that you won’t have to worry about bad vibes at this family-friendly location.
This beautiful, semi-sheltered beach is a great spot for beginners, thanks to the great vibes, sandy beaches, and the fact that it has a number of beach breaks to choose from. When you’re just getting started, you’re best heading for the safe surf breaks found on the stretch just in front of the parking lot.
Cannon Beach is one of the most well-known spots on the Oregon coast, so it can get pretty busy, particularly on weekends. It’s also one of the most convenient spots to learn to surf, with plenty of surf shops that offer lessons for beginners. The close-in breaks give you a great chance to practice getting up and standing in safe and shallow water.
Short Sand Beach
Another popular surf spot for newbies is Short Sand Beach, also known as Short Sands or Shorty’s. Again, it can get pretty crowded here in the summer, particularly on weekends, but at least you won’t be the only beginner around.
Besides the beautiful scenery, you’ll also enjoy the fact that the waves have good consistency and you’re pretty well protected from rough weather. When the swell is up, you’ll be sure to enjoy the whitewater.
While these are all great spots to go surfing, it’s important to keep in mind that the north coast requires a good wetsuit. Water temperatures can vary from just under 40 °F in the winter to an average high of 70 °F in early September (when it reaches its peak), but for the most part, it’s going to be cold.
Oftentimes you’ll find that you’ll need a full wetsuit, boots, and gloves. If you’re just getting started, you can rent your gear quite easily at one of the local surf shops until you buy your own.
The best way to learn is with an instructor or another experienced surfer. Not only will you be able to quickly improve your surfing skills, but you will also be taught the importance of surf etiquette. So, pay attention, be safe, and always come prepared for the cold waters.