Coos Bay Spot Guide

About Coos Bay

One of the central hubs of the Southern Oregon surf scene, Coos Bay is an idyllic slice of the great Pacific Northwest. The coastline is defined by a myriad of rocky headlands and coves which hold plenty of potential for great waves. For those looking to learn to surf in the chilly waters, Bastendorff Beach is a great option. The first stop on the Cape Arago Highway, this large, sandy stretch of beach enjoys protection from the regular S winds, thanks to Yoakam Head. Down around the south jetty, various peaks are loosely divided into spots like South End, Gray Houses, Middles, Crappers and North End. There are several regularly surfed spots further out on the Cape, including Simpson’s Reef, which is a sucking righthander for only the most adventurous surfers with a heap of experience.

Source: Coos Bay Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

There’s something for everyone along this stretch of the Oregon coast, as long as the Pacific Ocean cooperates.

Local Vibe

Doable

Welcoming Intimidating

They’re mellow if you’re mellow.

Crowd Factor

Moderate

Mellow Heavy

The epicenter of South Oregon surfing, but it’s not exactly Lower Trestles. At least not yet.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

Playful when it’s small, challenging when it’s big. There’s something for everyone around Coos Bay.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

Light Exhausting

Depends on where you paddle out at Coos Bay, but doing it in a 5-mil wetsuit, hood, booties and gloves is never easy, especially when it’s pumping.

Water Quality

Fair

Clean Dirty

One of the most polluted spots in the Pacific Northwest. Some regulars have reported skin problems.

Additional Information

Hazards

Cold water, strong currents, big sharks, polluted water.

Access

Explore the Cape Arago Highway and you’re bound to find what you’re looking for.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard

Seabed

Bastendorff Beach is a user-friendly beachbreak that enjoys some shelter from local S winds. Other setups in the area are more exposed, and more challenging, depending on the conditions.

Best Season

There’s no shortage of swell in these waters during the winter months. The trick is being there when it’s clean enough to surf.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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