If you’re looking for some of the best kitesurfing in the country, you’ll find it on the Oregon Coast. We’ve got it all: wind, waves, and gorgeous vistas. Peak kitesurfing season is from May until September. During this time, you’ll see countless visitors ride the waves and catch the wind. Find out everything you need to know to have great days kitesurfing the Oregon Coast!
Kitesurfing the Oregon Coast is just the beginning! There are so many other awesome adventures just waiting for you. Access our free Vacation Guide to get the inside scoop on the best places to rent kayaks, boats, or other equipment so you can have a day on the water. We’ve also listed our picks for the best restaurants, cafes, and shops in the region. Plan your trip in no time with our free Vacation Guide!
Your Guide to Kitesurfing the Oregon Coast
Watch any video of kitesurfing the Oregon coast, and you’ll quickly realize that this challenging, high-speed sport can be tough to tackle. Luckily, there are great resources in the area for beginners. Several surf shops offer lessons and gear, and they’ll take you to some of the best kitesurfing spots including Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita, and Fort Stevens State Park.
Shop for New Gear
The Pacific Ocean in this part of the world is cold. Even during the warmest months of the year, we recommend that kiters wear a minimum of a 4/3 wetsuit. Some people even wear booties! If you can’t bring any kitesurfing gear with you, don’t worry – there are a number of shops in the area stocked with the tools you need.
Find Spots to Surf
All summer long, the waves and wind on the Coast are perfect for kitesurfing. Winds average between 15 and 25 MPH and waves are around four feet, providing kiters with great places to launch and land. Here’s a list (from North to South) of some of the best places to launch along the coast.
- Fort Stevens: About 40 minutes north of Arch Cape, Fort Stevens State Park is the northernmost point in Oregon to go kitesurfing. You can launch right from the beach campgrounds and travel downwind for about 1-2 hours to see the remains of the Peter Iredale, a ship that ran ashore in 1906.
- Cannon Beach: Cannon Beach is a popular destination for all types of watersports. It’s an especially great place for new kitesurfers, as the water tends to be shallow. If you’re a beginner, contact our friends at Cannon Beach Surf Shop for lessons and tips.
- Manzanita: Manzanita is often called the windiest place to surf on the Coast. Locals recommend bringing your smallest kite and launching from the south part of the beach. As an added bonus, Manzanita has a funky little town that’s great for exploring after a day on the water.
- Nehalem Bay: Because of its popularity, visitors must make reservations to kitesurf on the spectacular Nehalem Bay. Plan your visit in advance, if you can, or show up and get on a waitlist for the day’s cancellations.
Surf Back to Starfish Vacation Rentals
If you’re planning on kitesurfing the Oregon Coast, you’ll need the perfect accommodations. Check out our fantastic selection of properties near Manzanita and Cannon Beach. With a selection like this, it’s no wonder so many guests have returned to spend their vacations in a home from Starfish Vacation Rentals.
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