Surfing is Not a Crime in Pacific City, OR

Victory | June 24 2015

Beach Access

An Oregon Marine Board proposed rule comment period is open that would restrict surfing in a proposed “safety zone” in Pacific City, Oregon from the south side of the Cape, approximately 1100 yards to the south. This is a truly special place for ocean and beach recreational users, a premiere destination for surfers and dory fishermen alike. Act now by reading on for more information, sign our petition or send written comments to keep surfing from becoming a crime at the Cape! Full information and background can be found on Surfrider's Oregon Regional Page.


After a strong grassroots response to the proposed rule and a favorable staff report on various legal challenges, The Marine Board voted unanimously on June 24, 2015 to deny the petition to restrict surfing in the proposed "saftey zone". Siting legal challenges with Marine Board authority to regulate surfboards and the large public opposition to restricting any user group in the area, no further actions were taken beyond denying the petition. Surfrider Foundation chapters all around the state helped to lead on this issue, submitting hundreds of comments and written letters in addition to delivering over 1600 petition signatures in opposition to the petitioned rule!

Beach Access

Our beaches mean so much to us. They are where we live, where we work, and where we come to play. Our beaches are the entryway to our ocean and we believe that beaches should be accessible to everyone. This is why our network of staff experts, volunteers, and members are determined to keep our beaches accessible for all to enjoy.

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Charlie Plybon

Oregon Policy Manager