Surfing in Oregon? It’s true. With just about 48 hours notice, the world’s top surfers are descending on the central Oregon coast town of Lincoln City for the Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic. The contest is the only professional tow in contest on the North American continent and one of only 2 professional tow in contests in the world.

The large swells off Lincoln City are generated from the first winter Pacific storms to reach the Oregon Coast while a dominant high pressure system remains over the Northwest. What this means is….giant swells! The contest is scheduled to start today (this morning) and latest weather reports and models predict waves at the 30-40′ range. For live web cams and more information, visit

Where else to ride the waves in Oregon?
At the north coast’s Oswald West State Park, a half-mile forested walking trail takes you to a popular surf spot called Short Sands. It’s tucked between two giant cliffs, and surfers can ride on the north or south end walls. It’s a popular spot so be prepared to share the surf. Another great spot is Pacific City, near Cape Kiwanda. It’s a long stretch of surf, and a beautiful beach, with Haystack Rock just offshore and a sheer cliff to the north. And after a day surfing the swells, walk over to the beachfront Pelican Pub & Brewery for fresh fish and chips and a microbrew (try the Kiwanda Cream Ale).

The Pacific Ocean hovers around chilly so you’ll definitely want to step into a wet suit before paddling out. Like any surfing waters, please take caution, check the conditions before heading out and talk to the folks at the surf shops, where you can rent equipment and take lessons from certified surfing instructors. For more information visit

Also…check our Oregon Coast Outdoor Recreation Page for other spots to ride the big one!

~ Happy Friday! Mo

about author Mo Sherifdeen

Mo is Travel Oregon's content publisher and loves to hike the forests and mountain trails of Oregon with his wife, daughter and dog. He is also known for getting lost inside a maze of books at Powell’s, sipping an IPA (or two) and seeking the best fish 'n chips along the Oregon Coast.

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