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Oswald State Park/Short Sands break guidePhoto by: Analog

Oswald State Park/Short Sands Surf Guide

Oswald State Park/Short Sands in Oregon_North is an exposed beach break that has reasonably consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the east with some shelter here from north winds. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the best swell direction is from the southwest. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. A fairly popluar wave that can sometimes get crowded Watch out for dangerous rips.

Oswald State Park/Short Sands Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
9.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Oswald State Park/Short Sands:

The best conditions reported for surf at Oswald State Park/Short Sands occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Oswald State Park/Short Sands (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Oswald State Park/Short Sands with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 44% of the time in January while 43% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 13% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Oswald State Park/Short Sands Location Map

Interactive Oswald State Park/Short Sands surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The closest passenger airport to Oswald State Park/Short Sands is Scappoose Industrial Airpark (San Luis) Airport (SPB) in USA, 86 km (53 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Oswald State Park/Short Sands is Mc Minnville Muni (Mackminnville) Airport (MMV), also in USA, 91 km (57 miles) away.

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Oswald State Park/Short Sands Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 5 February 2023, 19:13 Local Time
Wave (m)
Period (s) 13 12 12 11
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
on on cross-

Swell History at Oswald State Park/Short Sands

Surf stats for Oswald State Park/Short Sands, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Oswald State Park/Short Sands

Wind stats for Oswald State Park/Short Sands, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Oswald State Park/Short Sands Reviews:

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Based on 23 votes.
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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OR Surfer from United States
“Shorts Sands (Shorties) is an interesting place. Definitely the most 'popular' break on the north Oregon coast (if not the entire state,) Shorties is probably where most people go to "learn" to surf in Oregon (and SW Washington) due to its close proximity to Portland, Oregon's most populous city.

In the fleeting Oregon summer or any time the weather is 1/2-way decent (which is more often than the common misconception,) the place is an absolute zoo starting around 9:00 or 10:00 a.m. The small parking lots are full as droves of softtop-schlepping hipsters from Portland file down the old growth forest trail to the beach with coolers full of Pabst, selfie sticks, frisbees and guitars. The place is a Portlandia episode waiting to be filmed.

That said, even during the warmer months/days, if you're a trooper and can manage dawn patrol, you can usually catch the place almost entirely deserted for an hour or two in the early morning. (The parking lot is 'open' at 6:00, but I've never been ticketed for pulling in at 5:00-5:30).

Summer months are generally weak for Oregon surf anyways, so the small waves and friendly 'scene' at Shorties makes it look like some sort of Hipster Beach Blanket Bingo.

Come Fall and Winter though, this place takes on an entirely different vibe. The best months for quality are October and November. The sandbars from the multiple creek outflows are groomed and have yet to be pummeled by the heavy-duty NW winter swells, and Shorties is capable of spitting barrels and long uninterrupted lines when those conditions line up just right.

Typically, the worst thing about Shorties isn't the droves of kooks. When the waves are good they tend to flounder about in the whitewash, well out of the way of any firing lines. The Seaside crews that dominate The Point typically don't surf here, or if they do, the a$$hole meter is dialed back considerably.

No, the worst thing about Shorties are the blow-in California surfers that roll up with their bros and 20 chippy-thrusters strapped to the roof. It doesn't take long to spot them: most of them riding something by ...Lost or Al Merrick and sporting Hurley wetsuits with any color other than black. You can hear the forced California-drawls and observe the spastic shredding better left to Mission Beach or Blacks or Steamer Lane. The only real conflicts I've ever seen in the water at Shorties had some Cal bros involved.

Fortunately the bros don't typically know when to catch Shorties going off so the local and semi-local (Portland) surfers usually get the lion's share of quality surf there. With multiple, shifting peaks there's almost always enough waves to go around when its good.”

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