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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Short Sands

USA, North West, Oregon North

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 45° 45.595' N
Longitude: 123° 57.998' W

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ust a quarter mile from any of the parking areas to the beach, yet the rigors of everyday life are stripped away by the time your feet hit the sand. Although the walk is short, there are several different trails to the beach and lead you to the Cape Falcon overlook or to the Pacific Coast Trail. Be sure to pick up a map on the way into the park. All of the trails to the beach are through a mature forest; one trail follows the winding path of the Short Sands creek. This trail gives way to the spectacular view of the ocean and the creek meeting. This is your first glimpse of the ocean and Short Sands beach.

English (Translate this text in English): ust a quarter mile from any of the parking areas to the beach, yet the rigors of everyday life are stripped away by the time your feet hit the sand. Although the walk is short, there are several different trails to the beach and lead you to the Cape Falcon overlook or to the Pacific Coast Trail. Be sure to pick up a map on the way into the park. All of the trails to the beach are through a mature forest; one trail follows the winding path of the Short Sands creek. This trail gives way to the spectacular view of the ocean and the creek meeting. This is your first glimpse of the ocean and Short Sands beach.

English (Translate this text in English): ust a quarter mile from any of the parking areas to the beach, yet the rigors of everyday life are stripped away by the time your feet hit the sand. Although the walk is short, there are several different trails to the beach and lead you to the Cape Falcon overlook or to the Pacific Coast Trail. Be sure to pick up a map on the way into the park. All of the trails to the beach are through a mature forest; one trail follows the winding path of the Short Sands creek. This trail gives way to the spectacular view of the ocean and the creek meeting. This is your first glimpse of the ocean and Short Sands beach.

English (Translate this text in English): ust a quarter mile from any of the parking areas to the beach, yet the rigors of everyday life are stripped away by the time your feet hit the sand. Although the walk is short, there are several different trails to the beach and lead you to the Cape Falcon overlook or to the Pacific Coast Trail. Be sure to pick up a map on the way into the park. All of the trails to the beach are through a mature forest; one trail follows the winding path of the Short Sands creek. This trail gives way to the spectacular view of the ocean and the creek meeting. This is your first glimpse of the ocean and Short Sands beach.

DistanceDay trip

WalkLong walk (>30 mn)

Easy to find?Hard to find

Public access?Public access

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 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerOrdinary

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day length

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell direction

Good wind direction

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.5m-2m /5ft-6ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+

Best tide positionMid and high tide

Best tide movement

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdUltra crowded

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Longboard or shortboard spot in an utterly beautiful setting, however waves have a tendency to be either diminutive (where your longer stick comes in handy) or rather big close-out (rare). Lots of folks out on a summer weekend, especially beginners. Don't bother if you're easily frustrated.

English (Translate this text in English): Longboard or shortboard spot in an utterly beautiful setting, however waves have a tendency to be either diminutive (where your longer stick comes in handy) or rather big close-out (rare). Lots of folks out on a summer weekend, especially beginners. Don't bother if you're easily frustrated.

English (Translate this text in English): Longboard or shortboard spot in an utterly beautiful setting, however waves have a tendency to be either diminutive (where your longer stick comes in handy) or rather big close-out (rare). Lots of folks out on a summer weekend, especially beginners. Don't bother if you're easily frustrated.

English (Translate this text in English): Longboard or shortboard spot in an utterly beautiful setting, however waves have a tendency to be either diminutive (where your longer stick comes in handy) or rather big close-out (rare). Lots of folks out on a summer weekend, especially beginners. Don't bother if you're easily frustrated.

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Short Sands
De squirrelsurf69
2 juil. 2011
Fun Shoulder High Surf - Super fun session. Crowded, but no one talking shit and getting pissed. Plenty of waves for everyone. Fun lefts and rights, sunny. The waves got ruined once the tide went out in the afternoon. Definitely coming back for more. All other spots weren&#3
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De Xtreme4x2
8 déc. 2007
First in 4 months - The water was pretty brown because of the storm, but there were a bunch of people out. I saw some frost on the drive out to the coast. It was fun, but died down in about an an hour and a half.
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De Snakfish
5 août 2007
Long Trip, Okay Day - Okay day for the drive ... everyone in portland that knows how to surf or is trying to learn goes here. Probably great on a big day with the right swell direction during the week. Will not make the drive up on a weekend again.
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De thebaitshop
10 déc. 2006
- My Comments: Session Highlight: Comment on Swell, Waves and Wind: My Perfectible Points: Air Temperature: Water Temperature:
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By Anonymous , 18-12-2008

Short Sands is Epic - Well... not all the time :) But this place seriously goes off when the wind and waves are right. This is one of the most consistent spots in Oregon on a North wind. This place is mostly a longboard wave, despite all the thrusters in the water. I recently moved from Oregon to Cali, and I get many more days of surfing down here, but I will never forget all those head high days at Shorties with only a handful of guys out. Being an Oregon surfer is tough with all the weather, driving, and blown out days, but it does get epic on the right days. Aloha!!!

By Anonymous , 01-12-2008

kamakaze spot? - Why is this listed as a pro or kamakaze spot

By Anonymous , 19-07-2008

Camping Grounds Closed - Just a heads up to travelers. The campground at Short Sands/Oswald West is closed for the season, and maybe longer, due to potentially dangerous old growth trees.

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