Spring Break Surf School Dates:
2 options to choose from:
-Sat & Sun, March 23 & 24
-Mon, Tues, Wed, March 25, 26, 27
Ossies Surf Shop (4860 N. Coast hwy) @ Agate Beach – show up at Ossies Surf Shop at 10am and we will outfit you with the correct size wetsuit, boots, and surfboard.
$110/person for 2 hour surf lessons per day or $60/person for a 1 day drop in
Surf School lessons take place from 10:30am-12:30pm (2hr) each day with experienced professional Instructor(s) and all the equipment (Surfboard, Wetsuit, Booties, Hood) you need to have a fun and safe time.
*Open to anyone aged 9-99 that wants to experience the power of the pacific ocean while learning the basic skills involved with the sport of surfing in a fun and safe environment. You have the option of adding gloves for extra warmth for an additional $10 and keeping your gear for the entire surf school for $15 additional.
You can sign up online at ossiessurfshop.com or by calling 541-574-4634. You can also stop by Ossies Surf Shop to sign up. They are open everday from 10am-5pm and located at 4860 N. Coast Hwy right across from the Lucky Gap Trail at Agate Beach.
Thirty foot waves dwarf competitors In this 2010 Nelscott Classic photo by Steve Power
The Nelscott Classic, part of an international competition among elite surfers, is running most of today at Nelscott. Parking in the area is expected to be tight. Be prepared to do a little walking. Less baggage the better. Waves are expected to be considerably smaller than most years, with a gradual increase in size beginning in mid-afternoon.
Devil’s Punchbowl, Wednesday night
Rescuer, left, with swim fins
At around 5pm Wednesday evening, a surfer was reported to be in distress off the point at Devil’s Punchbowl. It prompted Depoe Bay and Newport Fire Rescue along with a Coast Guard helicopter to be called to the area to help get him, and a presumed friend-rescuer out of the water. It was reported that the distressed surfer was stranded just south of the point and wasn’t able to get back to shore. His rescuer swam out in an attempt to pull him in.
Fire/Rescue personnel were assembling on the beach just about the time the two managed to get back into an area where the waves carried them back to the beach. The rescuer was described by a witness as an experienced lifeguard from California. The witness indicated the distressed surfer was likely caught in one of the Punchbowl’s notorious rip currents that pull surfers and swimmers seaward out from the headlands.
Fire rescue personnel said even experienced surfers can get into trouble off Central Coast beaches and headlands. This time of year the sun goes down fast. It does NOT linger like in the summer. When our winter sun drops below the horizon its’ “lights out” very quickly due to the sun being so far to the south. They also say surfers should understand that coastal waves conditions can change very quickly causing spontaneous rip currents which can take a surfer a mile offshore or more in just a few minutes. And lastly, they say let people know where you’re surfing and set a time for your return or for a check-in phone call.
Both surfers were reported to be tired but in good shape and required to medical attention.
A reminder that a big youth surfer contest is coming up June 16th at Otter Rock/Devil’s Punchbowl State Park. All surfers 18 and under are invited to compete. All surfers must have a parent or guardian with them to fill out a waiver form. Pre-registration deadline is June 14th. Only fifty slots available so register early on line by clicking here.
Surfrider says they also need volunteers for the event. So if you’d like to help by volunteering, email to: Vince.Pappalardo@hp.com