Located in Central North Oregon, Cape Kiwanda is a fun reef break that crashes over a boulder and sand bottom. The waves here are pretty easy to surf and break for up to 100 meters providing some excellent sections for carves and hacks. There is an annual surf competition here held in August that is the main gathering for the Oregon surf scene, and usually some surprise celebrities like Gerry Lopez.
What are the best surf conditions for Cape Kiwanda?
Gets good from waist high to double overhead. We recommend riding a longboard when smaller and a shortboard when bigger. This break is best suited to intermediate and advanced surfers. The surf here usually has a wave (5/10) and is generally uncrowded (4/10). The best winds are offshore from the East. The best swells are from the Northwest and West. Works on all tides.
We recommend wearing a 4/3 wetsuit in the summer when water temperatures rise to 14 degrees. In winter we recommend wearing a 5/4 wetsuit with temps dropping to 10 degrees. See the temperature chart below for more data on this.