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Two words: Shoreline Highway.
DistanceTake a car
WalkLong walk (>30 mn)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name Sharkies
FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)
DirectionRight and left
PowerHollow, Powerful, Ordinary, Fun
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest
Good wind directionSouthEast, East
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
- Rips / undertow
The prime conditions recommended for the Oasis is when the surf is about high head, or a little above, and there is only a breath of wind. This is the fun zone. When the surf gets large, it is rarely clean enough to be ridden, plus the paddle out toward the outer sandbars can be a huge pain in the pass. The ocean is always colder here than the surrounding area due to constant upwelling from the deep. Seals tend to hang out near the mouth of the river, as well as down at the State Park, and great whites have occasionally been spotted patrolling the lineups. It is definitely a good idea to surf this stretch of beach on an incoming tide and with a friend or two.
The Oasis is a picturesque stretch of sand that extends from a serene rivermouth along its northern edge, to the boundary of a State Park at the southern end. The entire beach is a popular destination for beachcombers, bird watchers and equestrians during the tourist season. Yet, on some days, especially during the winter months, the only footprints you'll see in the sand besides your own, are those of birds. There are telltale signs of civilization all around, such as an old logging road, old fences and houses a few miles inland. To the north, there are houses dotting bluffs overlooking the sea that reminds you of what coastal Ireland must look like. To the south you can spot the smoke pouring skyward from a large sawmill. Occasionally you might hear the engine brake of a logging truck echoing through the area. Otherwise, it is a quiet and somewhat eerie place that gives you a feeling like you could be the last person on the face of the planet.
I must admit, for most of the year, this spot is just a typical messy beachbreak that isn't worth the time or the effort to visit. Thankfully, you can see the surf from the highway, so you don't have to waste an hour (+) just getting to the beach, only to find that the surf sucks. When the combination of perfect winds and a swell with the ideal angle come together though, the Oasis becomes a magical place. I have surfed it on late summer afternoons with small crossed up swells and no wind at about four feet. Excellent a-frame peaks with long sectionless walls. I have also surfed the place during a small winter storm and scored 6-foot Cape Hatteras-style barrels. It can happen, but I wouldn't go so far as to say that it is a destination worth pursuing. It is a fickle spot by nature, exposed to all the fury that Mother Nature can dish out.
By Anonymous , 08-04-2008
- You're right, this place is garbage. I wasted a few hours at this spot for no apparent reason. You would be lucky to find a day that you could get a clean ride. Virgin Creek or Blues is where it goes down in this neck of the woods. Blues seems to attract some strange people on the beach, many of which are trippin on some gnarly drugs. Big River has it's days, it can be a cool scene during the summer.
By A local , 01-02-2008
Oasis - Usually more of an indicator for spots north. If the sand peaks look even remotely good here, Blues is better. Don't waste your time, go north.
By anonymous , 24-04-2006
- he named it oasis so as outsiders couldnt exactly find it. you just blew its cover
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