The Best Oregon Surfing

Surfing Spots for Beginners on the Oregon Coast

Oregon surfing is becoming more popular all the time and more people are taking it up as a sport including families.

If you have never been surfing in Oregon before we will tell you where to go on the Oregon Coast, where to get your equipment, and take lessons to get you started.

If you are an experienced surfer, take a look at the Nelscott Reef surf forecast at the bottom of the page.

Oregon Surfer


The best Oregon beaches for beginning surfers on the north Oregon Coast are:

  • Indian Beach at Ecola State Park. Leave Highway 101 and enter Cannon Beach at the north exit. You will see signs for Ecola State Park. When you get to the park, you will see signs for Indian Beach. Parking for day use is $3.00.
  • Cannon Beach. This is an easy to get to surfing spot for all skill levels. Leave Highway 101 and enter the town of Cannon Beach from the north or south exit. From the south end of town you need to walk south on the beach past Haystack Rock. (This is the big rock that looks like a haystack.)
  • Pacific City at Cape Kiwanda. This is located about 22 miles north of Lincoln City. You can park in the parking lot next to the Pelican Brew Pub.

Surfers on Oregon Beach


The best Oregon beaches for beginning surfers on the central coast are:

  • Otter Rock. Otter Rock is 8 miles north of Newport on the south side of Cape Fowlweather. You can park in the day use parking lot of The Devil's Punchbowl State Park then walk down the steps.
  • Agate Beach State Recreation Site. Agate Beach is just north of Newport. You need to turn off of Highway 101 at NE Harney Road. You will see the parking lot which is free by the way. There are restrooms available here. Walk through the tunnel that goes under the highway to the beach.
  • South Beach State Park. This is just south of Newport. Go to the north end of the park where the jetty is.

The best Oregon beaches for beginning surfers on the south coast are:

  • Bastendorff Beach is about 6 1/2 miles south of Coos Bay on the Arago Highway.
  • Hubbard Creek. This spot is just one mile south of Port Orford. Park at the Hubbard Creek Bridge.

Where to Take Surfing Lessons in Oregon

Surfers Watching the Waves


An easy way to get started with Oregon Surfing is to take some lessons from people who know what they are doing. This way, you find out what equipment you need and you will need a good quality wet suit to surf in the cold waters of the Oregon Pacific Ocean.

Cleanline Surf Shop
719 1st Street
Seaside, OR 97138

Cleanline Surf Shop
171 Sunset Blvd.
Cannon Beach, OR 97110

Ossie’s Surf Shop
N. Coast Hwy
Newport OR 97365

Kiwanda Surf Company
6305 Pacific Ave.
Pacific City, OR

They say most people are able to get on their feet the first day but even those who don't come away from Oregon surfing with a strange feeling akin to addiction.

For More Advanced Surfers

The beaches at Lincoln City offer experienced surfers some really big waves at certain times of the year.  In fact, once a year the call goes out that some really huge waves are forecast and surfers from all over the world gather for  the Nelscott Reef Surf Contest. 

Here is the current surf forecast for the Nelscott Reef.

Oregon Surfing