The Top 3 Surf Spots in Washington State
When you think “surfing,” what comes to mind? Big waves and palm trees in Hawaii? Maybe the consistent barrels and sandy beaches of California? For many people, Washington state and surfing don’t often live in the same sentence. And that’s a huge mistake. Washington has one of the longest coastlines in the US and is home to some incredible surf spots, uncrowded breaks, and beautiful beaches.
So pack your surfboards, maybe a thicker wetsuit than you’re used to, and head north to Washington. While Washington has a huge variety of surf spots, with something for everyone, here are our top three, don’t-miss, definitely-should-be-on-your-bucket-list spots.
Westport might just be the most reliable surf spot on the Washington coast. That’s because it’s mostly man-made. Without the Army Corps of Engineers, Westport would be just another stretch of pretty, but boring and featureless beach, good for picnics and kite flying but not much else. But the Corps of Engineers built two long rock jetties out from the beach, creating three incredible surf areas.
The primary spot is called simply “the jetty” or “the corner” and is nestled into the south side of the southern jetty. Here you get a big, consistent beach break that stays pretty clean.
Half Moon Bay is tucked into the other side of the jetty. This brake isn’t quite as consistent or clean, but it stays surfable through much of the winter. It’s a shallow, sand-bottomed brake that needs to be ridden hard and fast.
Finally, south of the south jetty lies Westport Light State Park. This surf spot is very similar in character to the jetty, with consistently clean waves, but more wind than the jetty. It’s a great zone to check out on calmer days, just be prepared for closeouts.
La Push is a small, sheltered cove that contains Saint James Island, and the mouth of the Quillayute River. Simply drive to the end of La Push Road, and you’re there. La Push surfs best at mid-tide, and offers a variety of spots. The most popular is the beach break to the north of the river mouth. This area often sports clean barrels, especially during the winter months. The mound of sand and gravel that the river has accumulated at its mouth also creates some interesting breaks that are worth exploring.
The third and final spot on your Washington surf odyssey is Long Beach. Long Beach is a PNW classic. This is the biggest spot on the list, with the most space to go find your own section of beach and surf in seclusion.
As the name implies, Long Beach isn’t some short, small cove. Instead, it consists of mile after mile of white, sandy beach, with the consistent beach break to match. The biggest challenge at Long Beach is wind, because it’s so big and open, it’s prone to get messy and choppy with any sort of wind. Hit it on a clean day though, and you’ll be treated to more consistent barrels than nearly anywhere on the Washington coast.
This article was produced in collaboration with evo. All images courtesy of evo.
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