A Week in Oregon

2007
09.27

Oregon CoastWe took off last Thursday and headed for Oregon. Could not have asked for better weather :-)

For the first couple of days we stayed at my in-laws ranch near Glide. We happened to find that one of my Father-in-laws friends across the road paddled and not only that – had a cool surf wave in his back yard on the North Umpqua River. We paddled a few hours with Bruce on Friday. He had an Dagger Freefall which he paddled for a while, then jumped in my Rocker and paddled a bit – even surfed it. Then jumped in Tyler’s 4Fun, the shortest boat he had been in – and really carved up the wave! The water was cool and very clear – great to be on the river during the ‘off season’!

Then on Sunday we hit headed for the coast. Stopped in at our camp site at Honeyman Park just south of Florence. We have never ocean surfed before, so this was all new. Ran up to recon South Jetty and after a couple of calls to WelshKate we had our many questions answered for the most part (I thought of plenty more while I was crawling into my boat)! Thanks Kate!

Monday we parked at the end of the Jetty and hiked about 1/2 mile to a spot that looked good. Pulling boats over the sand has a lot more friction than I thought. Took off somewhat apprehensively into waves that looked to be 4 to 5 feet. Kate’s advice on getting out through the surf helped a lot! The waves were great – Man, I love front surfing :-)

Tuesday we paid the $5 fee and parked at Beach #3 on the Jetty and carried boats over the sand hill – much easier. Waves were either a little bigger or just steeper here – even more fun! After about 1-1/2 hours into it I was wiped out. Started catching edges and know it was time to get out. Had some great rides – a little grinding and 360′s.

I was surprised at some of the differences between river boating and surf kayaking.

- I found it a little more sandy
- The salt water was different to be in. Felt like I had eaten a bag of sunflower seeds after 1/2 hour
- We all found that when a wave is dumping you onto the beach really watch your edge! It’s not fun grinding up the beach for 20 feet on your shoulder and ear ;-)
- There was also a lot of sand.
- There is a wave about every 6 to 9 seconds.
- Lots of sand
- It is pretty shallow! Where we were the waves were breaking at about 6 feet deep, but about 1/2 way in you were in 2 feet of water.
- When the wave hits you it’s like 0 to 30 in .5 seconds
- Pulling your boat in sand is harder than I thought – gear up and carry that sucker!
- Did I mention lots of sand???

It was a great time with a big learning curve. Can’t wait until next year – already making plans! Here are a few pics – I’ll get some video on this weekend…

Carl’s Wave – hard to see with the lighting
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Umpqua

Day 1: Pulling boats
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Day 2: Getting Ready
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Up and over…
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Troy and Tyler with their Grandpa Teel
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Fish out of water…
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Heading out
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Tough life…
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Looking for crab
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The whole Tribe :-)
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