Otis Rubottom
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Surfing the Oregon Coast

Surf’s Up

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.

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