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Old 01-31-2009, 06:49 AM
 
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Just wondering because I might travel there, seeing as the Pacific Ocean is only an hour drive away from Eugene.
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Old 01-31-2009, 07:57 AM
 
Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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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, but in full wet suits because the water is COLD.

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Old 01-31-2009, 11:08 AM
 
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Oh yeah!! Up & down the coast. But as noted, you must wear a full wet suite.
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Old 01-31-2009, 12:24 PM
 
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I have a friend from San Diego he says though that people from Oregon don't go to the Pacific Ocean to surf?
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Old 01-31-2009, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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People in Oregon generally do not surf in the ocean. That's not to say that there aren't some die hard surfers, but if you head to the coast here most people are just enjoying the scenery and not freezing their behinds off in the ocean.

The water is cold.
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Old 01-31-2009, 02:26 PM
 
Location: coos bay oregon
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i just saw a batch of em headed out w/their boards this morning...
beautiful and sunny, but oh yeah, they had wetsuits on!!
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Old 02-01-2009, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Hawaii
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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 .
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Old 02-02-2009, 07:16 PM
 
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Oh :/ Yeah i've never done it before...most of my friends here in the suburbs of D.C. never have either. Going to the west coast and surfing has just been one of those things I'd have liked to do
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Old 02-03-2009, 07:08 PM
 
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We used to go to Lincoln City and further south in the winter for relaxing weekends and would nearly always run into surfers that thrilled to the higher waves and fewer people on the beach so they didn't have to be as careful. Our daughter had 4 friends who were always heading down in their wetsuits too but she didn't care for the cold water so never joined them.
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Old 02-04-2009, 12:09 AM
 
Location: Hawaii
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MichaelinMaryland,

If it were my first time, I'd sign up at one of the local surfshops for a lesson. You can rent suits, a board, and get a quicky lesson so you don't get hurt.
Surf here is much different (dangerous) than the east coast. Not trying to scare you, but I don't wanna see you get hurt, bro.
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