October 27, 2023

Ever since we launched our Oceancognito Surf and Dive line a few years ago, we've wanted to help our customers find some great places to enjoy our wonderful sun-protective apparel.  Here is our attempt to fill you in on riding waves at the 11 best surfing beaches on the West Coast...


Ever been kissed by the sun while riding a wave? That's the thrill of surfing, my friends. It’s not just a sport, it’s an obsession. And where better to indulge this passion than on the West Coast?

I mean picture yourself standing tall on your board as you glide across waves at Shi Shi Beach in Washington State... As we cruise down the coastline surfing our way through the 11 best surfing beaches on the West Coast.

Breathe in deeply and feel that rush of adrenaline! There's nothing quite like it...

Hang on, we're just getting going!

We'll take you through twelve fantastic surf spots from California to Oregon; places that will make every ride unforgettable.

You’ll learn about their unique charm, why they attract surfers worldwide and maybe find your next destination too!

This, is going to be one epic journey.

Table Of Contents:

Surfing in Washington State

The beauty of the interior Pacific Northwest extends to its coastline as well, offering some fantastic surfing spots. Among these gems are Shi Shi Beach, La Push Beach, and West Port Beach.

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Shi Shi Beach

If you're seeking a serene surf spot with consistent waves, look no further than Shi Shi Beach. Nestled on the Olympic Peninsula's western edge, this beach is as beautiful as it is bountiful for wave riders.

Surfers often praise the steady swell here. But don't be fooled by its tranquility; Mother Nature packs a punch at Shi Shi. It’s like having your favorite comfort food but spiced up with unexpected flavors. Make sure to check local conditions before heading out though.

La Push Beach

A little further south lies another surfing haven; La Push Beach. Known for powerful swells that get your adrenaline pumping and breathtaking coastal scenery that leaves you awestruck—it’s a package deal not many beaches offer.

This isn’t just about catching waves though—there's also an enchanting community vibe at La Push. Imagine sharing stories around a bonfire after riding those gnarly curls—that’s what makes this place truly special.

West Port Beach

Last but certainly not least among Washington's top surf spots is West Port Beach. The diverse wave conditions here are a surfer's dream, providing opportunities for both newbies and seasoned veterans.

And the locals? They're as warm and welcoming as a summer swell. It’s like stepping into an episode of “Cheers”, where everybody knows your name—except replace the bar with sandy shores.

Oregon's Surfing Havens

With its rugged coastline and powerful swells, Oregon is a paradise for surfers.  Oregon unveils a myriad of surf havens that are just waiting to be explored as we journey down its picturesque coastline. Here we'll dive into the best surfing spots this state has to offer.

Indian Beach

Indian Beach, nestled in Ecola State Park, is known among surfers for its consistent waves. But it’s not just about the thrill of riding those waves; the picturesque setting adds a whole new dimension to your surfing experience.

The beach offers both left and right-hand breaks suitable for intermediate level surfers. Plus, you can often spot sea life like seals or even whales from your board. It's more than just catching waves—it's an immersive nature adventure.

West Coast Surfing Tips: 


With captivating spots like Cannon Beach, famous for its dramatic seascapes and lively surf scene. If you're craving a bit more adventure, make sure to hit up Short Sands Beach - it's got the perfect mix of excitement and tranquility. So whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting out, there's something on the West Coast waiting for you.

Short Sands Beach at Oswald West State Park

Moving further down the coast brings us to Short Sands Beach at Oswald West State Park. At Oswald West State Park, Short Sands Beach offers a sheltered cove of towering trees and craggy cliffs that is popular among families as well as beginner and intermediate surfers.

This secluded cove serves up small-to-medium sized swell perfect for fun-filled sessions on warm summer days or bracing winter mornings alike. The stunning coastal rainforest surrounding you makes each ride feel like an escape into wilderness heaven.

Otter Rock & Devil’s Punchbowl State Natural Area

New to surfing? Nestled within the scenic Devil's Punchbowl State Natural Area, Otter Rock boasts friendly locals and waves that are a breeze to ride, making it an ideal spot for beginners to catch their first wave.

California's Iconic Surfing Spots

Imagine this: You're standing on the shore, surfboard in hand. The sun is setting over the Pacific Ocean and there's a perfect break forming just beyond where the waves crash onto golden sands. Welcome to California - home of iconic surfing beaches that have shaped both history and culture.

Windansea Beach in La Jolla

A must-visit for any surfer is Windansea Beach in La Jolla. Famous for its powerful waves, Windansea offers an exhilarating challenge even for experienced riders.

At Windansea, you'll be welcomed into a lively surfing community that will make your experience unforgettable. Whether you're carving up your first wave or catching air off your hundredth, you'll love every moment at Windansea.

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Huntington Pier in Huntington Beach

The next stop on our virtual tour brings us to "Surf City USA", also known as Huntington Pier in Huntington Beach.

This place isn't called "Surf City USA" without reason. Consistent swells and lively atmosphere here make it one heck of a ride. Just don’t forget to bring along some good vibes when visiting – they’re practically currency around these parts.

Trestles in San Clemente

Moving further south we find ourselves at Trestles, located near San Clemente. Recognized by a number of experienced surfers as one of the premier surfing destinations in the world, Trestles offers waves that accommodate any level - from newbies to experts.

From mellow breaks perfect for beginners, to challenging waves designed for pros - there's something here at Trestles for everyone.

Rincon Point in Carpinteria

Rincon Point is sure to sweep you off your feet, especially if you're a right-hander or simply adore one.

FAQs in Relation to 11 Best Surfing Beaches on the West Coast

Where are the biggest waves on the West Coast?

Mavericks in Half Moon Bay, California is famed for its monster waves. It's not unusual to see swells reaching 60 feet.

Is Florida or California better for surfing?

California takes this one. With its diverse coastline and consistent swells, it offers more variety and higher quality surf than Florida.

What is the closest surfing beach to Washington DC?

Ocean City in Maryland is your best bet. About a three-hour drive from DC, it offers decent Atlantic Ocean breaks.

Does Cape Cod have good surfing?

Absolutely. While New England might not be top of mind when you think about surf spots, Cape Cod delivers some great wave action with popular spots like Nauset Beach and Marconi Beach.

Conclusion of the 11 Best Surfing Beaches on the West Coast

Wasn't that an electrifying experience?

We've explored the 11 best surfing beaches on the west coast. From Shi Shi Beach's consistent waves to La Push Beach's breathtaking scenery...

From Indian Beach's picturesque setting in Oregon to California’s iconic surf spots like Windansea and Trestles...

All unique, all unforgettable.

You're now armed with an insider’s guide that'll let you conquer these surf havens. Just remember, every wave is different and each beach has its own charm.

This, my friends, is where your next surfing adventure begins.

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