Yes, the water is chilly here in the Northwest. But the waves can be as sweet as any found in California. And thanks to insulated wet suits (you’ll want 4/3 mm thickness or better), plenty of places to rent gear and a laid-back vibe, Oregon’s surf scene has exploded. Oswald West State Park — aka Short Sands — has a sheltered cove and a forgiving beach break that make it a welcoming spot for newbies. At Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area, take in views of Haystack Rock (one of three so-named sea stacks on the coast) and migrating whales. For group or private lessons, gear rentals and multiday surf camps, head north to Oregon Surf Adventures.