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From waist-high waves to over-40-foot swells on the Nelscott Reef, you’ll find world-class surfing along the shores of Lincoln City.

You might be surprised to hear that Lincoln City is known to surfers around the world. Nearly a mile from the beach, the Nelscott Reef can turn the surging Pacific into waves as high as 50 feet during winter, when big wave riders flock to town. Throughout the year, though, less daredevil types can paddle out and play in our breaks. Just be sure you have the right wetsuit on to keep you warm and have checked the water and weather conditions to keep you safe.

If you are new to surfing, our local surf shops provide lessons and gear to help you catch your first ride.

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Paddleboarding Find balance in your life on a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) as you stroke your way through our lake, rivers, streams, estuaries and ocean.

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Boating Whether you’re on Devils Lake or the ocean, in Siletz Bay or headed up the river, set sail for adventure in Lincoln City.

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