Brookings Spot Guide

About Brookings

Considering the jetty's length, its southwest-facing direction, and the offshore rocks that boast a remarkable ability to deflate northerly swells, the surf at Brookings surf is usually more piddly than what you'll find above Crescent City or up around Gold Beach. During higher tides, the surf breaks close to shore, and that's when it's usually at its best and mushiest shape. At low tide, the sand bottom draws dangerously close to the ocean surface, providing for some hollow, fast peaks, left and right, although closeouts dominate. The southbound littoral drift has been known to be a wee bit inconvenient, but beginners will find the Brookings Jetty to be user-friendly, as the beach slopes gently and inside whitewater abounds.

Source: Brookings Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv


Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Generally mellow, given the spot's lack of punch.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

The jetty waters are always occupied on hot afternoons and weekends, but relatively empty any other time. Ignore the Brookings high schoolers who might try to throw a little attitude your way.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Kinda fun.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Not too bad.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Mostly clean.

Additional Information


Renegade RVs, moderate shark danger due to the jetty's proximity to the Chetco Rivermouth.


From 101 south, bear left onto West Benham Lane, the first stoplight north of California. Follow the road down the hill and turn left onto Boat Basin Road at Beachfront RV Park. Veer into the dirt parking strip directly in front of the surf spot.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish



Best Season


Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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