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Lincoln City surf isn’t for the faint of heart

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 10th, 2013


Surfing the Oregon coast between South Beach and Pacific City has gained in popularity in recent years among residents and inland visitors who cross the coast range in search of a wild ride or two. (Photo by Jo Wienert)


It’s unlikely that Lincoln City will be known anytime soon as Oregon’s “Surf City,” but with a world-renowned “big wave” contest and a 7.5-mile stretch of open ocean such a handle wouldn’t be a misnomer.

Surfing the Oregon coast between South Beach and Pacific City has gained in popularity in recent years among residents and inland visitors who cross the coast range in search of a wild ride or two.

There’s also the attraction of the Nelscott Reef, which during winter months can often create spectacular waves with faces as high as 35 to 50 feet and has become a regular venue for the Big Wave World Tour.

But there’s nothing romantic about Lincoln City’s lengthy stretch of beach – running north from the opening of Siletz Bay to Cascade Head – for about two dozen dedicated local surfers who regularly brave the wind, cold and unpredictable nature of open water.

“It can be good, outstanding even, but it’s fickle, always changing because of the strong wind,” said Tim Henton, owner of the Oregon Surf Shop and a 17-year surfing veteran of the area. “Lincoln City proper is all unprotected beach base with a deep offshore topography and lots or reefs and rocks out there. So experience really counts.”

For the complete article see the 04-10-2013 issue.

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