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Old 02-08-2009, 07:25 PM
 
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MIM: Your San Diego friend is very uninformed. There are many surfers along the Oregon coast. I drive from Portland on weekends and 9 months out of the year I can routinely count on seeing 20-50 people in the water at well known surf spots.
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Old 02-08-2009, 07:34 PM
 
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I've done it WITHOUT a wetsuit, but you have to be careful, and limit your time in the water, because otherwise you might hypothermiate and die.
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Old 02-08-2009, 10:12 PM
 
Location: Sheridan, Oregon
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I have a friend that gets downright giddy when the rivers are in floodstage, river surfing is an interesting alternative, but still, wetsuits are a must. Here's a video of river surfing from my blog: Art + Real Estate I have other frineds that got to Pacific City- be wary of sharks though!
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Old 02-09-2009, 03:50 AM
 
Location: Monmouth OR
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I haven't surfed in 30+ years but a couple of hotspots were Short Sands Beach near arch Cape and The Cove at Seaside.
Only had a wetsuit top and we surfed year round,even in a snowstorm once. It was cold but our biggest fear (after sharks) were sea lions mistaking our toes and feet as fish as we sat on our boards.
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Old 02-09-2009, 06:22 PM
 
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The Pacific off the Oregon Coast has big waves and it's cold. Therefore, I've always seen surfers in wet suits. The Oregon Coast is more noted for its scenery.

I saw this topic while scanning the board. We were sitting here at work talking about shark attacks today and there has been a reported great white attack on surfers around Coos Bay every 5 to 10 years.

I think surfing is probably better in Southern California where there's "probably" safety in numbers on the waves.

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Old 02-13-2009, 05:16 PM
 
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Some pointers from an old Santa Cruz surfer: You will need a wetsuit year-round. 5mm body/3mm arms and legs works best (balance between being warm and being able to move). Start with a cheap longboard - long and wide. When you paddle out, balance yourself on the board just to the point of burying the nose of the board - you want to plane across the water. Keep your legs together while you're paddling. When you take off on a wave, grab the rails of the board (the edges) and swing your feet under you. It's much harder to get on your knees and then stand up. You can practice the swinging part on your living room floor.

Put the leash on your back foot. Which one is that? Run across a floor with socks on, then slide. Whichever foot you put in front is your front foot when you surf or skate.
Have fun.
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Old 02-13-2009, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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I've done it WITHOUT a wetsuit, but you have to be careful, and limit your time in the water, because otherwise you might hypothermiate and die.
Okay...that is nuts. No wetsuit in the Oregon part of the Pacific Ocean? You are a dedicated surfer if you do that...
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Old 02-13-2009, 06:51 PM
 
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Well, you need some experience with cold-water swimming. It's quite a shock at first, but with experince, your body can become more efficient at managing the cold.
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Old 02-18-2009, 02:16 PM
 
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Just wondering because I might travel there, seeing as the Pacific Ocean is only an hour drive away from Eugene.

Yes, in several areas....but not at my age! There are surf shops in Newport, Depoe Bay and Lincoln City to name a few. It's cold, use a wet suit. International competition around Lincoln City, rocky ride around Boiler Bay in Depoe Bay and surf action in Newport and Seaside.
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Old 10-08-2009, 03:33 PM
 
Location: where the moss is taking over the villages
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If you're a student in Eugene, I believe there is a surf club at UO. I would start there after investing in a 4+ full suit. Florence will be the closet surf spot.

Oregon surf is not like California. Rough conditions and freezing cold water requires a certain commitment and passion for the sport. Oregon surfers are a hardy, tight-knit group. The locals are not known to be welcoming to newbies if you don't know what you're doing. Be polite and respectful .
The above post says it all. To use this location as a "first" will make one appreciate warmer & calmer waters, for sure...

There's plenty to do that's fun outside, you'll find, locally. There are rivers, streams & lakes. No lack of outdoor activities. Bring mud boots.

Kate
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