I had caught the sunrise at Yaquina Point Lighthouse and then drove 5 minutes towards Newport South Jetty. Newport South Jetty is south of South Beach, Oregon and is a popular local surf spot. It’s protected by the jetty so you get more consistent waves when wind is a factor. There are hosted surf competitions here and the waves can be pretty big from 8-12′. As I arrived, the parking lot was empty and a few local surfers prepping for the morning session. They were pretty surprised to see me and probably were wondering where I was from. It was all chill vibes.
The two local surfers headed in as I was undressing and waxing my board. During my prep (15 minutes) I observed 4-5 cars pull up and park. The driver would get out and feel the wind chill and jump right back in, then exit the parking lot. I saw this for 15 minutes. I didn’t blame them, it was a cold blistering 33 degrees Fahrenheit 0 degrees Celsius. While scoping out the surf, I never saw sand so white. It was frozen, but the surf looked amazing. Scroll all the way down to see it for yourself. One note, my GoPro stopped recording when I almost got barreled. I know. It was awesome!
For more information on Newport click here.
Here is a list of all known surf locations in Central Oregon, click here.
On the last leg of my road trip down Oregon’s coast I had the opportunity to explore and discover some epic surf in Oregon. I never thought Oregon had such glassy breaks, but boy! I was in for a treat.
After surfing Westhaven State Park, Washington I drive another 4 hours down the coast and discover South Beach.
It was 7:00am with strong offshore winds, a great sign. The weather was cold approximately 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Daisy was very cautious about approaching the water. Getting wet was the last thing she wanted.
Once I was in the water, the paddle out was easy. The water felt good and it was consistent. The current was pulling me south and I had to consistently paddle north. The swell was consistent and I almost got barreled. One surprising experience that’s becoming normal, a seal came up and popped out close to my surfboard’s nose, it smiled, said hello and disappeared. After being distracted, I caught a nice wave and rode it all the way in.
Here’s a video of my experience. However, my GoPro didn’t catch any of my epic rides. At the end of the clip you see me paddling hard for a wave and then it cuts off. I know! But it’s a great clip if you want to see what I’ve described of the beach, water and waves.
After visiting and and exploring the Cascade Locks my next destination, Mount Hood. Mt Hood is one of the tallest and most prominent mountain summits in the country 28/200 (Oregon), Mt Shasta is 11/200 (California) and Mt Rainier 3/200 (Washington), Denali 1/200 (Alaska). California, Oregon and Washington have 30/200 of the most prominent summits in the United States.
According to Native American folklore, as punishment for the destruction of valleys, villages and the Bridge of Gods for a beautiful maiden during the eruption of Mt St. Helens, the Great Spirit turns Pahto into Mt Adams and Wyest into Mt Hood. (Mt Hood is still called Wyest in the local area). You can read other tribal folklore here.
I stumble upon this view by talking to a bartender named, Aurora at The Best Western Plus Hood River Inn. I didn’t stay there, but I wished I had. It’s a really nice hotel with a pleasant view of the river from the restaurant/bar and the food is also really good. I had the pulled pork sandwich with a salad. Delicious. If you plan to visit The Columbia River Gorge and tour central Oregon it’s right off the river and very close to Mt. Hood and other sites. Check out the Yelp reviews here 4/5 stars.
After washing down my sandwich with a nice cold beer, Aurora tells me the best view of Mt Hood is close by called Panorama Point within 8 minutes from the restaurant. Running short on time, I followed her advice and I’m happy I did.
After viewing Mt. Hood from Panorama Point, I discover Oregon’s wineries. I never thought Oregon had any and to my surprise there are over 30 wineries and 40 vineyards along the Columbia River from the point I started to where I ended, Cascade Locks to Mt. Hood River Bridge. I will surely be back to visit them in the summer. For a complete list of Oregon’s wineries click here and view the map above and click here for tips on visiting the Gorge.
Quite the find and view, indeed. Now, I had to think about getting to Seattle and it was NYE…
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The sound of flowing water is music to my ears. Before I became a surfer I always enjoyed listening to water flowing. Once I became a surfer, being in the water and listening to the waves crash and feeling the water underneath my toes enhanced the experience. Something about it soothes me, physically and spiritually.
Since I was planning to surf the Pacific Northwest along the Pacific Coast Highway, I decided to visit one of Oregon’s most famous waterfall, Multnomah Falls. Legend has it, it was a secret Native American waterfall where a beautiful princess privately bathed. Not so secret anymore…
I wish I had more time to explore Oregon’s trails where you can find more serene, quiet and less touristy settings. But I was on a mission and had to get to Washington’s coastline and time was ticking…I will be back. For a list of epic waterfalls in Oregon click here.