Oregon Surfing: Central Coast

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Images of Modern America - Oregon Surfing: Central Coast captures many decades of surfing history in the chilly Oregonian waters. With rare images and unique stories, this book is a page turner for any surfer that has interest in the Northwest surfing community.

Surfing came to the central Oregon coast in the early 1960's. Mostly young boys from Newport and the Agate Beach area took to the waves, without wetsuits or leashes, and taught themselves how to surf in the forbidding cold waters. Eventually forming the Agate Beach Surf Club, they discovered other surfing communities along the Oregon coast. With no modern-day technology to help them, they traveled the rugged Oregon coast in search of good and accessible surf spots. Fifty years later, the surfing culture has grown and evolved, including both genders, kite, wind, stand-up-paddle, and big wave surfing. What hasn't changed is the unique and challenging environment of the Oregon coast. Geography, the weather, and the cold water still remain the biggest challenges. In the face of all this, the surfing community grows and continues to prosper.

The authors, Scott and Sandy Blackman, have lived their entire lives along the Oregon coast. Scott, a founding member of the Agate Beach Surf Club, has been photographing the evolving surfing culture for 50 years. Sandy is a successful writer and storyteller. From the pioneer surfing days to the present, this book looks historically at surfing along the central Oregon coast.

Product Features

  • 96 pages
  • Over 160 images in full color/black and white
  • Softcover
  • Arcadia Publishing
  • Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)


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