Cannon Beach Surf Report & Forecast

Above Manzanita, Highway 101 quickly ascends Neahkahnie Mountain and veers deep into dense woods of spruce and fir, winding its way atop sheer cliffs but no beach access for a few miles on. This is one of those places so ruggedly scenic, so quaintly lush and rustic, that it almost warrants the piercing ice cream headaches, benumbed extremities, hungry white sharks, saturating rains and waves that are far from epic.Through the tunnel and past the tiny hamlet of Arch Cape, the signed turnoff road leads you into Cannon Beach, a classic beach-tourist community surrounded by the ocean and mountains. The place has been called a "sparkling jewel among Oregon's coastal resort communities," and, seeing the town is a straight 80-mile zip from Portland and only 28 miles south of Washington, the place gets overrun with tourists throughout spring, summer and autumn.Most of the immediate shoreline is thick with hotels, inns and private residences, barring views and public beach access. Offshore rocks and seastacks abound, including the famous Haystack Rock (the third tallest monolith in the world at 235 feet), fronted mostly by hard-sand beaches and steep, dripping cliffs. It's an area of tasteful business buildings and quiet residential retreats along unmarked dirt roads. The homes blend in seamlessly with the landscape, all brown, wooden and unpretentious. As for the surf, the nine or so miles from Ecola Creek south to Falcon Cove (including Tolovana Beach and Cannon Beach proper) is basically all beachbreak, thus surfable only when small and clean. The mouth of Ecola Creek occasionally has a good bar.Just south of Cape Falcon, most North Coast denizens choose Oswald West State Park, aka Short Sands Beach, as their premier spot due to its wind protection and sand bottom. (Mr. Oswald West was Oregon's governor from 1911-1915.) Although it's a few miles south of town, you'll always find a posse of Cannonites and Seasiders out here. It's a beautiful spot, entailing a 20-minute stroll through old-growth forest to access the white-sand, driftwood-strewn beach. The surf can either be peaky and hollow or soft and mushy, depending on the tide and swell factor. It's a horseshoe cove, so the place is safe from all but west winds. Nonetheless, Short Sands is hardly a substantial spot -- more like a retreat from the wind than a good place to log tube time. Cannon Beach received its name from the 500-ton U.S. Naval survey schooner Shark, which was wrecked while attempting to leave the Columbia River on September 10, 1846. In an effort to slide the ship off of the rivermouth's immense sandspit, the three masts were hacked off and the cannon were jettisoned, but the boat began to break up and the crew took to its boats. Part of the Shark's deck, including a small iron cannon, drifted ashore south of Tillamook Head, thus bestowing the name to Cannon Beach.

Ability Level

All Abilities



Local Vibe



Mellow, unless you encounter a shark.

Crowd Factor



Short Sands Beach can get extremely crowded, but there's plenty of room around Cannon Beach.

Spot Rating



Kinda fun.

Shoulder Burn



Decent when smaller, but can be stronger when it's overhead.

Water Quality




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