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    Who's up in Portland/Seattle?

    Will be out there for five days in a couple weeks. Got most of that time to myself. Looking to hit some breaks for sure. I'm open to suggestions and also any good shops. Thanks in advance braddahmen.

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    Emass,

    I have property about 2-3 hours south of Seattle in a little town called Ocean Shores. I'm not there right now, but I will be there permanently at the end of the year. Here's some basics on the area near Portland / Seattle:

    I don't know much about Oregon, but I have experience with Seaside. Yes, the point is world class. Yes, all the stories of localism are true. Surf at your own risk. Park at the cove and walk up, if you want to save your stuff. Rock up solo, not with 3 or more of your buddies. Actually, the Cove can get quite good when the point is firing and may be your best and safest bet. There are lots of good spots not far south, but I have no experience there.

    Don't waste your time in Long Beach, WA. There's one little left beachbreak wedge that breaks below the lighthouse at Cape Disappointment, but it's an inconsistent long shot. Hint: it's named after a popular city on Hawaii's South Shore.

    Westport, WA is *the* center for all surfing in WA. It has a consistent jetty break (rights), with some nice peaks away from the jetty. It is easily the most crowded spot in the state. Be ready for long painful paddles with lots of duck diving if it is over head high.

    Inside the jetty is The Cove, mostly a shorebreak wave. But the paddles are easy and it sometimes has good shape and enough power to snap your board.

    The last main break is The Groins, a series of small finger jetties. Needs a bigger swell because it breaks inside the harbor, loves south winds (typical around there), and *must* have a low tide. Medium to high tides, you'd think this place doesn't exist. Rips out to sea are strong. The jetty dance to get to the breaks are tough.

    Ocean Shores? LOL. But all dogs have their day. Big souths / southwests will make a certain State Park go off with north winds, which blow offshore here. Hint: the park is maybe 2 miles inside the harbor, quite a ways from the coast. A long way to drive to get skunked. Also: the North Jetty can get OK once in a while, but mostly on small summer swells. The sheer amount of sea lions here can freak you out.

    There's a lot of stuff between Ocean Shores and Neah Bay, but most are on Indian reservations and access is super limited. You've got to be dialed in and super-prepared.

    Neah Bay has some decent spots that aren't too difficult to find. But this ain't OCMD, so you won't exactly be pulling the car up to any paved lots.

    Lastly, there's the Strait. Getting there from Seattle either takes a buttload of driving, or a ferry or two between islands. But if the coast is out of control (which happens a lot during winter), it might be worth a drive. But (and this is a big *but*)...this place is super sensitive. There's only a couple of spots that you'll actually be able to see from the road. There's some places that I don't even like to whisper about, that you'll never see...unless you like climbing down sheer muddy cliffs in massive rain forests on privately owned land. You better know somebody. I'm lucky that I do.

    Have fun, and bring a good 5/4 with all the goodies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kidrock View Post
    Emass,

    I have property about 2-3 hours south of Seattle in a little town called Ocean Shores. I'm not there right now, but I will be there permanently at the end of the year. Here's some basics on the area near Portland / Seattle:

    I don't know much about Oregon, but I have experience with Seaside. Yes, the point is world class. Yes, all the stories of localism are true. Surf at your own risk. Park at the cove and walk up, if you want to save your stuff. Rock up solo, not with 3 or more of your buddies. Actually, the Cove can get quite good when the point is firing and may be your best and safest bet. There are lots of good spots not far south, but I have no experience there.

    Don't waste your time in Long Beach, WA. There's one little left beachbreak wedge that breaks below the lighthouse at Cape Disappointment, but it's an inconsistent long shot. Hint: it's named after a popular city on Hawaii's South Shore.

    Westport, WA is *the* center for all surfing in WA. It has a consistent jetty break (rights), with some nice peaks away from the jetty. It is easily the most crowded spot in the state. Be ready for long painful paddles with lots of duck diving if it is over head high.

    Inside the jetty is The Cove, mostly a shorebreak wave. But the paddles are easy and it sometimes has good shape and enough power to snap your board.

    The last main break is The Groins, a series of small finger jetties. Needs a bigger swell because it breaks inside the harbor, loves south winds (typical around there), and *must* have a low tide. Medium to high tides, you'd think this place doesn't exist. Rips out to sea are strong. The jetty dance to get to the breaks are tough.

    Ocean Shores? LOL. But all dogs have their day. Big souths / southwests will make a certain State Park go off with north winds, which blow offshore here. Hint: the park is maybe 2 miles inside the harbor, quite a ways from the coast. A long way to drive to get skunked. Also: the North Jetty can get OK once in a while, but mostly on small summer swells. The sheer amount of sea lions here can freak you out.

    There's a lot of stuff between Ocean Shores and Neah Bay, but most are on Indian reservations and access is super limited. You've got to be dialed in and super-prepared.

    Neah Bay has some decent spots that aren't too difficult to find. But this ain't OCMD, so you won't exactly be pulling the car up to any paved lots.

    Lastly, there's the Strait. Getting there from Seattle either takes a buttload of driving, or a ferry or two between islands. But if the coast is out of control (which happens a lot during winter), it might be worth a drive. But (and this is a big *but*)...this place is super sensitive. There's only a couple of spots that you'll actually be able to see from the road. There's some places that I don't even like to whisper about, that you'll never see...unless you like climbing down sheer muddy cliffs in massive rain forests on privately owned land. You better know somebody. I'm lucky that I do.

    Have fun, and bring a good 5/4 with all the goodies.
    Wow.

    I think you've said something about this before but could you go on about the locals?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClemsonSurf View Post
    Wow.

    I think you've said something about this before but could you go on about the locals?

    Locals are what they are. Only a couple of spots where the lokes are kinda bat****crazy. Everywhere else is pretty chill.

    If you plan on renting, there are plenty of shops. Don't expect the counter jockeys to give you any directions or help with certain spots, except maybe in Ocean Shores. The guy is cool, and nobody's breaking down the doors to surf the crap in OS, pretty lonely. The Surf Shop in Westport, North Coast SS in the Shores, and NXNW in Port Angeles. There's a couple shops in the Seattle area too, but I have no experience with them.

    From what I understand, the Sticky Green Dank is some of the best...but I wouldn't personally know. Sharing goes a long way in these parts. Be mellow, be friendly and don't bring your Hyperflex Team Rider suit.

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    Nice breakdown kidrock.
    My dad lives in Portland and he said it's like an hour and a half to the nearest beach. Its a hair ball drive on a hair ball road, particularly in winter. Being in Portland has put a hurting on his water time, but it's a cool city. He hikes his ass off to make up for it I guess. I was going to check out Portland this winter until the sh!t hit the fan.

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    Emass please at least give us a hint as to what you do that allows you to travel so frequently.

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    ^^^^^^Ass didn't get censored!? I forgot to use $$. That's a naughty word, because sh!t comes from ass!

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    Quote Originally Posted by seldom seen View Post
    Emass please at least give us a hint as to what you do that allows you to travel so frequently.
    I was wondering the same thing

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    Emass was a nfl kicker now he installs flooring.

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    kidrock, thanks very much for taking the time with that breh. Much appreciated and I'll be PMing you with some questions. Thanks again for the time. Your report is very consistent with what I've heard of there in the past, both for seclusion and locals.

    Braddahs, yous guys can get back to your regularly scheduled programming. Nothing special here buoys. Got no wifey or kids to my knowledge so what's the big doins with me booking a few plane tix here and there? Man, I come out from under the bunker of 13hrs of straight work hustle and I gots lurker bros like JTS getting all Wayne on me. Bro, do you even post? Granted, it's taken me nearly a full calendar to STFU and let others speak (which is more fun!) but my short math says that you post once every 12.73 days. Ima stay on your good side bro! No one says a thing when the braddah yankee jet sets on the reg. That dudes been stoked at some sick breaks lately. Maybe we just know something you brahs don't. Try solving that equation Erock posted two blue moons ago - it all starts there.

    Been a while since I've been to the PNW and I'm superstoked. Anyone else with deets?