There are tons of blog posts floating around the internet about secret locations throughout Washington State. Secret hiking locations, awesome graffiti-riddled buses, and suspension bridges. Washington is basically a wonderland of awesome shit. (Which is probably why @pnwwonderland on Instagram is a 50/50 mix of eye candy and nature porn) The PNW is awesome….and it’s been hiding even more cool stuff. Like Surf spots! There are secret surf spots in Washington state that you can surf year-round, no matter how dreary, rainy, or cold Seattle gets.
Don’t believe me yet? Check it out:
WestPort: The Secret Surf Spot in Washington State
When the water is warmer than the air temperature, you know you’re either in a post-apocalyptic dystopian novel ……or in Washington State. Though you will need a wet suit and booties year round, you have to appreciate the fact that surfing in January is a viable option. It’s not like the coastal weather changes that much anyway up here in the PNW. It’s a balmy 60 degrees year round, but don’t let that stop you.
I can guarantee that you might even feel a little hot inside your wet suit. The cold ocean spray will feel great against your bare face. The best part about Washington surfing is the lack of sub-surface obstacles. There are no rocks or reefs to cut up your booted feet! The sandbar stretches the entire length of the beach, leaving room for everyone to enjoy monster waves in the deep, or white water closer to the shore.
Though the waves do get quite messy, they tend to stay pretty fierce all day, despite tidal changes. You’ve got the entirety of the beach to surf, not just a single break. It’s freakin’ awesome!
Neah Bay: Super Secret Surf Spot #2 (say that 5 times fast)
Neah Bay, located along the Olympic Peninsula (which, if you pay any attention to this blog, I talk about a lot!!) is a little hidden break thats far away from the city. It’s a trek to get there. As in, a ferry, a few hours of a car ride…..and a road beer or 2 before you’ll even THINK about putting on your wetsuit. Worth it? I think so.
And if you are in the region, you might as well try out some of the other adventures that the Olympics have to offer.
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Aaaaaand we’re back to surfing:
Though you won’t find quite as big of an area to ‘rip it up’, don’t fret. These easy longboard waves are pretty consistent year round. You’ll probably want to store a basket of snacks (and a bottle of Champagne, if you do it like me, hey!!!!) on the shore, because you’ll need a little break between sets. Everyone in their navy-seal-like suits usually has a big smile painted on their faces and you’ll have one too. It’s always that good.
Here are a few resources towards planning your Washington surf trip:
I even spent an entire trip surfing in Nicaragua.
And I’m currently writing a post about surfing in Western Canada. Stay tuned for more awesome shit to follow.