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Otter Rock break guidePhoto by: Janet Storm

Otter Rock Surf Guide

Otter Rock in Oregon_North is an exposed beach break that has quite reliable surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the east with some shelter here from northwest winds. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the ideal swell direction is from the west. Waves at the beach are both lefts and rights. When the surf is up, crowds are likely Hazards include rips and sharks.

Otter Rock Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
9.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Otter Rock:

The best conditions reported for surf at Otter Rock occur when a West swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Otter Rock (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Otter Rock 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 37% of the time in January while 61% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 2% 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).

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Interactive Otter Rock 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 Otter Rock is Mc Minnville Muni (Mackminnville) Airport (MMV) in USA, which is 88 km (55 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Otter Rock is Portland International Airport (PDX), also in USA, 148 km (92 miles) away.

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Otter Rock Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 7 December 2022, 04:51 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 8 8 16 16
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
cross cross

Swell History at Otter Rock

Surf stats for Otter Rock, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Otter Rock

Wind stats for Otter Rock, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Otter Rock Reviews:

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Based on 11 votes.
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Nate and Cindi from United States
“Otter Rock is great for beginners to old timers. There is a lot of water open and it can be a great place for long rides when it is working. Most often though the wave is a squish and messy side water. Early mornings on a long board, hands down the place to be. When all else is flat usually there is something Otter has to offer. Always a smile and a ride.”

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