hey guys im going out to ocean shore's washington for a week. I'm gonna be right on the water and my aunt already said she would let me rent a board and surf the whole week while we weren't doing anything. Stoked! i was just wondering any advice/comments/info y'all have or had through experience surfing up there. I'm bringing my wetsuits, booties, and gloves for sure. The forecast looks pretty decent too. some thoughts about past experiences would be great. thanks guys!
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Thread: surfing in washington state
Jul 18, 2012, 12:52 AM #1
surfing in washington state
Jul 18, 2012, 12:57 AM #2Senior Member
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It's cold and the waves are actually pretty nice. Make sure you have at least a 4/3 glued and blindstitched and yeah hold onto those gloves and booties.
Jul 18, 2012, 01:05 AM #3
yea my 4/3 has holes in it but im bringing my 5/4. it will definitely keep me toasty. i just looked at the forecast closest to where im gonna be staying. its not gonna be under chest high haha.
watch out for great whites
Jul 18, 2012, 01:49 AM #5
Ha... was just planning on starting a similar thread. I'm gonna be out there next week for work and have a couple days to do whatever and was hoping to get some surf in. Looks like there might be some places to go if the wind gets iffy.
Anyone deal with any of the shops out there? Think any of them rent anything other than 8' foam boards?
Jul 18, 2012, 02:48 AM #7
yea somebody else told me about the seals and sharks relationship. smart little guys. But yea i will definitely keep my eyes peeled. its gonna be spooky the first half hour haha. and i think they have some decent boards for rent. my mom was out there last year and she said they had full on surf shops. but thats from my mom a non-surfer. im gonnna try to call ahead as well
Jul 18, 2012, 03:56 AM #8Senior Member
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Jul 18, 2012, 03:47 AM #9Senior Member
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You won't find much surf in Ocean Shores, I have property there. If there is a big south or southwest swell, it will throw swell down the mouth of Grey's Harbor and end up about 2 miles from the ocean and break on a long sandspit called Damon Point. It can get pretty darn good, especially when north or NW winds blow offshore there.
There is a short jetty at the Shores that can get OK on smallish swells with slack wind....kind of a funky setup though. Tons of seals. Sharks? The last reported attack was 20 miles north of the Shores in Moclips in the 70's.
The rest of the beach in the Shores is nothing but sketchy sandbars for miles and miles. North Coast Surf Shop is easy to find, and the guys who run the shop are super friendly. It's not like people are beating down the door to surf in Ocean Shores.
Different story on the other side of Grey's Harbor, in Westport....which is Surf Central in Washington.
Westport has good decent surf on a regular basis, much better than the Shores. The Jetty in Westport is usually very crowded, and has a long, well-shaped right that occasionally has power and often has size. Consequently, it also has a pretty large contingent of surly locals on days that are average or better than average. There are usually a few good peaks south of the jetty, where it is a bit more opened up.
Just north of the Westport Jetty is a crescent-shaped wedge of beach called Half Moon Bay. It is usually shorebreak, but sometimes offers quick and powerful well-shaped peaks that close out pretty quickly. It is well protected from winds.
The last break north of Westport Jetty is a series of small finger jetties called The Groins. The Groins can get very good, pretty long and well shaped lefts breaking towards Grey's Harbor. Can be surfed on any swell over 3 feet; but it MUST be low tide. You can pull up at medium or high tides and won't even see a bump. Come back a couple hours later after the tide drops and it will fire. The Groins point almost due north, so any winds from the south will blow offshore here. The main hazards at The Groins are: it's a beeotch getting over the boulders and into the water, you're not gonna just rock up here in the parking lot and paddle out from the sand. The other hazard is the current. I'm not ****ting you when I tell you that this place has the strongest currents I've ever paddled out in. They suck you towards the Harbor and straight out to sea.
If you have a ride and a big swell (over 10 ft) swings in, you might want to check out the Strait. That's all I'm gonna tell you about that place.
You won't need a 5/4 here until late October. Have fun and good luck.
Jul 18, 2012, 05:27 AM #10