Somewhat sheltered from summer NW winds by Cape Foulweather, Otter Rock is popular with beginners and longboarders. Several mushy, soft-rolling beachbreak peaks are open to most swells but best on a small W. Occasional snap on the inside under exceptional conditions. Can get good on a small S summer swell. Experiences a lot of rips along the rocks in the winter and early spring, which can work like a ski lift. Sometimes gets a good peak towards the Cape serving up good lefts and rights.
Nice recreational beach, gets crowded with surfers, spongers, and all kinds of people. Located at Devil’s Punch Bowl State Park. One veteran refers to the Otter Rock scene as the Old Man’s/Waikiki of Oregon. Has a large parking lot that often fills, plus restrooms, nearby food, and a long stairway down to beach. More surfers probably learned to surf here than anywhere else in Oregon, though some folks down at Agate make the same claim.