Surf Zone & Beyond- Surf Clinic


Surf Zone & Beyond- Surf Clinic - Makah Bay

A two-three day event to learn or improve both short and long boat surf zone techniques

  • *Varies*
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 12.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 15 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 3 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 1 kts
  • Pace: Moderate

Hobuck Beach, Start Time 9:00am

Learn or improve your surf zone skills at this two-day surf clinic at Hobuck Beach Resort at Makah Bay. The clinic participants will be divided up into several levels depending on prior experience and interest:  1) Introduction to surf, 2) Intermediate surf and 3) Learning how to use a surf boat. Action: Contact the primary leader to secure leader permission; please provide information on your surf and moving water experience to help decide which level you will start in. 

It will be helpful if you have had an Introduction to Currents clinic before attending.

Those in the Introduction section will be introduced to paddling safely in the surf zone. You'll learn about surf zone etiquette and how to traverse the surf zone (going out beyond the break and come back in) safely, especially important in a loaded boat.  Later you may learn to ride waves, appropriate for some safe beaches.

Those in the Intermediate surf skill group should already be comfortable with going in and out of three foot surf and with riding smaller waves.  This group will focus on learning more advanced skills necessary to push their boundaries a bit farther. There will be more wave riding, and more advance skills like launching and landing on plunging surf beaches.

Those in the surf boat section will receive some guidance with specialized boats to perform well in the surf. There will be some surf boats available for you to practice with.

Both Friday and Saturday will be half-day instruction and the other half will be available for attendees to practice on their own. This also permits instructors for the lower levels to be surf boat clinic participants.The clinic portion of the days will be led by leaders but the independent surf play will be on your own, so participants in this independent activity must have basic surf zone experience and be comfortable managing their own safety. You may choose to stay in the “soup” zone rather than venturing out into the break zone.

On the Sunday and Monday following this clinic, there will be opportunities for further surf practice or to take part in a coastal, caving, or rock gardening clinic if your surf skill level has progressed far enough that the trip or clinic leader gives permission for you to go. These are described in a separate activity bracketing this clinic (Surf Zone & Beyond June 26-July 1). Administratively, you will be able to sign up for both even though they overlap, the conflict check has been removed.

A helmet and dry suit or wet suit is required, gloves are recommended. A roll is not required, but is useful.

This clinic will provide progress or completion toward the Intermediate Kayaking Badge requirements for Surf Zone and Rock Gardening. Open to Mountaineers members only.

A Makah Recreational Use Permit is required for each car ($10, purchased at the Hobuck Beach Resort campground office or store in Neah Bay.) Camping fees at the Hobuck Resort are $25/car/night and you do not need to make a reservation. A limited number of reservable (opens Jan 1 at 9:00am) cabins are available (check the Hobuck Beach Resort website for information.)  Carpooling in encouraged and halves camping fees in addition to reducing your carbon footprint.

The campground is basic. It has a men's and women's shower (1 each), multiple porta-potties, and irregularly distributed and insufficiently numbered picnic tables. Alcohol or recently-legalized mind-altering drugs are not permitted per local (tribal) laws.  There is a grocery store in the nearby town of Neah Bay.

Non-kayaking spouses/partners/children/pets are welcome to camp with us and would find enjoyable activities such as beach walking, hiking to Shi-Shi, a short hike to Cape Flattery overlook, and visiting the Museum at the Makah Cultural and Research Center.  Non-kayaking family members do not need to sign up for this clinic.


Hobuck Beach

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Gloves recommended

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