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Oregon Coast September 07

Nigel and Kristin run a surf and/or coastal exploration course with Portland Kayak Company each fall.  Here are images from September 07 on the Oregon coast. For details of these and other such courses contact Portland Kayak Company or e-mail nigelkayaks.

Details of 2008 courses... click here.

The drive south from Seattle passes amny view-points from which to check out the swell

Preparing for the day at a quiet launch site

Before entering the surf, everyone checks out the pattern of  sets and lulls, looking for rips and sweet break points

Punching out

Posing for the camera at the end of a great run

Mike on land after some great rides

As mist rolls in, spotting becomes more difficult

While some of the group rest and watch the others surf

Kristin instructing on the beach

Offshore rocks offer some protection from the full force of the swell, but also cause wrap-around waves and a more complex break pattern

Steeper heavier breaks toward the more exposed end of the beach

At this location the sandbanks offer a protected zone close to shore with surf breaking further from shore

Ben and Kristin keepng watch from the beach

Making our way through the low tide channels between the sand banks back to the cars...

Checking out alternative surfing locations on the Oregon coast

Mike and Shana head for home... to organize more fun courses from Portland Kayak Company, Portland Oregon.

Paddle with us in 2008! Check dates of 2008 courses.