When the big storms hit the Oregon Coast, surfers grab their boards and head to the Newport jetty. It is an open secret that the wintertime waves produce a once-a-year chance to surf inside the bay
People drinking coffee in their condos can watch surfers in the protected bay ride the waves directly under the Yaquina bridge.
“It’s like a big wave machine, man.” Indeed, perfectly formed 3 foot curls repeatedly make their way between the protective arms of the stonework jetty.
Paddle surfers, longboarders, and even the occasional kayakers brave the 50 degrees water in their protective wetsuits. But they emerge from the chilly waters and stow their boards in their vans confident that they will be in their Oregon Coast homes standing under a hot shower in a matter of minutes.