Beach Safety … again

Beware the sneaker wave – Never turn your back on the ocean.

They´re called sneaker waves because they appear without warning, often surging high up on the beach with deadly force, and are impossible to predict. Sneaker waves also carry a large amount of sand that can saturate your clothes, weighing you down and making escape difficult if not impossible.

Watch those logs – If you see a log in the surf or on wet sand, stay off it

The ocean is strong enough to pick up even the biggest log and plop it down on top of you. Some logs may look small, but even the tiny ones can be waterlogged and weigh tons.

Rip currents

Rip currents are strong currents of water that rush out to sea. They are stronger than even the best swimmer. These currents can swiftly sweep unwary beachcombers and waders off their feet and out to sea. Rip currents may appear as dark, choppy water. Any time you see debris and foam floating out to sea, chances are you have found a rip current. Avoid the area.






Be Safe: Parents keep your kids close when playing in the ocean. If caught in a rip current, don’t panic . Swim parallel to the beach until you are out of the current, then head for the beach.

Know the tides – Stay off rocks and small, enclosed beaches

You can find the tide tables right here on our site on the menu or click HERE

Incoming tides isolate rocks from headlands and the shore. Avoid the temptation of strolling out to an interesting rock without knowing when the tide rolls back in. Free tide tables are readily available at state park offices, information centers and many shops and motels.

Tide Tables

High waves can reach you

Tides and waves can sweep over rocks, jetties and headlands, knocking you off and carrying you out to sea.

Be Safe: Assume nothing is “high enough” and avoid exposed rocks, jetties and headlands during strong wave action – not just during storms.

Beware of high, steep cliffs

Assume that all cliff edges are unstable. Wet trails or soft sand and earth can make for unstable footing. Rocks can be slippery even when it isn’t raining.

Be Safe: Make sure you wear proper footwear, and stick to the trails. Stay behind guard fences and railings, and don´t get too close to the edge.

Look Up

Standing at the base of an ocean-side cliff can be dangerous, especially if it has an overhang. In some places, winter storms and high waves have eroded the shoreline, increasing the chance of collapse and slides.

Be Safe: Beware of falling rocks, and don´t climb on bluffs and eroding hillsides. Don´t walk along the base of cliffs unless absolutely necessary.

Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic

Eric Akiskalian is in Lincoln City, Oregon.


Nelscott has her own temperaments and moments that only the highly experienced and professional waterman and waterwomen should take part in.

How about this photo of a major 6′ tsunami tidal surge filled with enough debris and truck size logs to steamroll everything in its way and kill ya?

Luckily there were no casualties in this very heavy moment that looks like a typical PNW Explosion during our 15′-20′ plus swells.

Here you see Jason Murray Richard Hallman Kai Lenny Yuri Soledade Paige Alms and Ollie Asia Richardson regrouping after being swept up the beach and into the cliff side. No exit point but straight out and this is what happened after the surge sucked them and the skis back out.

Welcome to Nelscott. This PNW zone offers the best PWC and Ocean training grounds in all of North America. If you can drive here, you can pretty much drive anywhere.

BWRAG – Big Wave Risk Assessment Group and training with Danilo Couto and Kohl Christianson coming to Oregon in early 2018. For info, hit me up.

Photo: Matt Brandt / Nelscott Reef Big Wave Pro-Am Dedicated to eXtreme Tow-In & Paddle-In Surfing
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