One of the best spots in Oregon and in the whole Pacific Northwest in Central North Oregon, Cape Lookout is a world-class right-hand point break that careens over a cobblestone and sand bottom. The waves here break for about 100 meters and provide some excellent sections for turns and hacks. Kelp beds keep the surf glassy and the water is clear and clean. Locals are ornery and sometimes dangerous, gear left on the cobblestones after the strenuous hike in is often stolen and tires on outsider cars are often slashed. Call the cops if things get serious. Check the beach break on the inside if the point isn’t working.
What are the best surf conditions for Cape Lookout?
Gets good from waist high to triple overhead. We recommend riding a longboard here when smaller and a shortboard or step up when the size picks up. This break is best suited to intermediate and advanced surfers. The surf here is very inconsistent and hard to predict (3/10). The lineup won’t be crowded but the locals will probably be hostile (6/10). The best winds are offshore from the East. The best swells are from the West. Works on all tides.
We recommend wearing a 4/3 wetsuit in the summer when water temperatures rise to 14 degrees. In the winter we recommend wearing a 5/4 when water temps drop to 10 degrees. See the temperature chart below for more data on this.