I longboard in SC where the waves are small, but the water is warm and the beaches are sandy. My in-laws live in the Portland, OR area. I have been thinking about trying to surf while visiting family out there, but I've heard stories of kids dying on the rocks, horrible rips, etc. How safe is it to surf the Oregon Coast? Where are some good spots? Is it tide dependent? When I check the forecasts it is always big, but hardly ever clean. Is that pretty much the way it is? Worth my time? Thanks.