The southern Oregon ccoast feels like no other part of the Northwest. From Portland, it takes five hours to get there along I-5 south with a cut through the coast range near Eugene. Take the 101 from Tillamook or Seaside, and you're looking at seven hours of winding road reminiscent to the 1 in California. Because of this remoteness, the area gets limited visitation in the summer and in the winter, well its all but a ghost town. Think of it as Twin Peaks with a few bags of meth borrowed from Deadliest Catch, and without the cute girls.
After a few weeks of the Pacific Northwest's signature rain and gloom, I headed south along the coast on my way to California. Like most Oregonians, I grew up spending weekends during the summer playing on the rugged northern beaches of Short Sands and Canon Beach. My knowledge of the coast goes from good to nonexistent around Lincoln City. With my buddy, Spencer Phillips, sitting shotgun, we worked our way down the coast searching for waves and views in the heart of winter.
Ripping a few hundred yards out.
Locs only, bro. These gulls hold it down.
Sometimes slide film has a mind of its own.
Holding it down.
Sunrise with Portra 160 and an Olympus XA on January 7th.
Traveling is always best in places that you don't know that well. The parks were empty save for a few dog walkers and retirees in their RV's. If you ever get the opportunity, head to this part of the country. Bring your surf board, there are plenty of waves.
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