Surfing on the Northern California and Southern Oregon Coasts

Surfing near Port OrfordFinding a place to go surfing on the coast is easy. There are places to surf near Gold Beach, Port Orford, Bandon and Crescent City.

Since this part of the coast is not crowded, there is none of the hassle of the more crowded southern California coast, or the Oregon north coast.

Bandon Windsurfing

Windsurfing at Floras Lake
Windsurfing at Floras Lake

Windsurfers travel to Floras Lake which is located 17 miles south of Bandon, Oregon. Windsurfing on Floras Lake is popular for both beginners and experts. Floras is the place for lessons at all levels, because of its sandy bottom and fresh, shallow, warm (68 degrees) water. Lessons and rentals are available March thru October.

Those looking for surfing usually travel 25 miles south to just south of Port Orford, to Hubbard Creek (Doyle’s Beach).

Port Orford Surfing

Surfers congregate just south of Port Orford at Doyle’s Beach (Hubbard’s Creek). There is plenty of parking along the road and access is easy. A few miles north are public bathrooms at the visitors center.

Gold Beach

Wave Bash Wind Surfing Competition Held Annually Near Gold Beach at Pistol RiverSummer surfing is best just south of the Rogue River jetty in Gold Beach. During the winter, surfers migrate a short distance south of Cape Sebastian to Meyer’s Creek.

Windsurfing is most popular in the meandering mouth of Pistol River and in the nearby ocean. The Pistol River Wavebash which is part of the International Windsurfing Tour, is held in this area annually, usually mid-June (starting the second or third Saturday in June). The prevailing strong winds out of the northwest makes this a favorite spot.  Pistol River is also one of the most beautiful coast areas of the world. Many claim that “this stretch of the coast is the windiest spot of the state“.

Crescent City, CA

There are six spots that are favorites for surfers in the Crescent City – Del Norte area. They are (north to south): Kellogg Beach, Point St. George, Garth’s Reef, Whaler Beach, South Beach, and
Enderts Beach.  More information…

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