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    Moving to the Pacific NW

    So after months of deep contemplation, I've decided I'm going to just pick up and move out to Oregon or Washington. I'm going there for the mountains, and from what I understand the surf can be pretty damn good too. Job is an afterthought.

    Does anybody have experience surfing either of these two states? Where are some good areas to surf? How is the crowd factor and its vibe? Is it tough being the new kid in town? I hear Oregon surfers can be a bit territorial in places.

    Also, any recommendations on cities/towns that would be within a reasonable drive to surfing areas? Right now my plan is to stay at a friend's place in Seattle for a few months until I can get myself set up out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattybrews View Post
    So after months of deep contemplation, I've decided I'm going to just pick up and move out to Oregon or Washington. I'm going there for the mountains, and from what I understand the surf can be pretty damn good too. Job is an afterthought.

    Does anybody have experience surfing either of these two states? Where are some good areas to surf? How is the crowd factor and its vibe? Is it tough being the new kid in town? I hear Oregon surfers can be a bit territorial in places.

    Also, any recommendations on cities/towns that would be within a reasonable drive to surfing areas? Right now my plan is to stay at a friend's place in Seattle for a few months until I can get myself set up out there.
    I know two guys that live and work in the Walla Walla area and they love it. THey're definitely not surfers since its about a 6 hour ride to the beach but they get out in the wilderness a lot. There is some kind of tax loophole between OR and WA where you work in one state but live in the other where you don't have to pay income taxes or something.

    I was gonna check it out for myself but I decided to watch all of Portlandia on netflix instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClemsonSurf View Post
    I was gonna check it out for myself but I decided to watch all of Portlandia on netflix instead.
    Haha! It just about sums it up. Where young adults go to retire.

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    Matty, though you seem more interested in mountains than waves, you are the best person on Swellinfo. Go to the Pacific Northwest and don't look back. This will give your surfing life a whole new kick in the groin. A good kick in the groin. The east coast sucks. Seriously, the east coast sucks.

    Since you are on SWELLINFO.COM I'm sure you can hit websites that will give you some heads up on the area's more popular spots(Surfline Travel Section). You've heard of Seaside, Oregon, right?

    The mountains, huh? Maybe you'll become friends with Gerry Lopez one day.

    You may be running for cover many times in the winter as them NW swells can be large and crazy. If you are in Washington - The Straight of Juan De Fuca(good luck with access and Indians).

    Oregon has sharks but Washington doesn't seem to have them. A dude named Pepsi rules the line-up in Westport. And those Seaside, Oregon dudes are llama-loving punks. F Them. You may have to dodge restless native Americans at some of the off-the-radar spots. HINT: Bring alcohol and confuse and distract them with a few carefully hinden bottles of Kasser's vodka and Keystone Ice 12 packs.

    Dude, at first you'll be stoked out there just by the friggin coastal scenery and surviving a real ocean that is alive and rugged. It can be two foot garbage and you'll be more stoked than a head high day at IRI. Adventure will actually become a part of your vocabulary. It ain't that adventorous parking at 48th St., paddling out and looking shoreward at endless rows of hotels.

    GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE. GO. I mean c'mon, how cool is the vibe on Portlandia? Imagine the coast. Plus, you'll be in marijuana land.
    Last edited by Paddington Jetty Bear; Jul 9, 2013 at 02:36 PM. Reason: Oh man I put "Jerry" instead of "Gerry." Wooo Doggies that would have gotten me a woopin'

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    watch this before committing yourself.


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    Quote Originally Posted by chicharronne View Post
    watch this before committing yourself.
    meh, still better waves and now maybe i have a shot at growing that pair of gills i've been longing for!

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    Hahaha! Enjoy dude, I'm sure it's quite peaceful out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chicharronne View Post
    committing yourself.
    May want to think about that yourself, chich.

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    Check out Salem, Oregon. Cost of living is pretty low and its very close to the beach

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    i lived there. you'll be stoked at first. then you realize your surrounded by emo-hipsters, paranoid meth-freaks and super mushy waves. trust me on that last point. in fact, i'd argue the east coast is better in winter than the NW is. east coast has epic beachbreaks. better then most west coast beachbreaks. NW is big all the time, but it's non-stop south wind and everything breaks way off the beach. you'll be lost at sea when it's only chest high. other than a certain wedge spot on the rez, facing Canada, the waves really do suck. the strait kinda gets waves and has south wind protection... but only 1 spot is any good. think damn removal.
    as far as snow or whatever the cascades mostly suck. too many tight trees. super crowed small resorts by west coast standards. too warm most of the time. go to tahoe. not the biggest terrain, but tons of features and super rideable. dumps there. way more fun.
    summer and early fall are fun in the NW though. only 2 or 3 spots actually get any south swell, but they get super fun. short sands (gets epic) and la push. and its the only time they are worth the 4+ hrs drive out there.
    i'd visit it first if i were you. just go to santa cruz instead. more waves just in town then the entire NW. easily best surf town on earth. and tahoe is the same drive from SC, as the beach is from anywhere you could live in the NW. trust me, when summer is over... you'll regret moving to the NW.
    Last edited by AtanticO; Jul 10, 2013 at 11:59 AM.