Westport Is All About Family, Community and Surfing
Westport has always embraced surf families from all over the state of Washington. This is what makes Westport special in our minds – you always seem welcome, it’s like going back home to visit the parents, cousins and friends you haven’t seen for years, you know it’s only yours to visit – but you feel like you can stop by any time and feel totally welcome. Surfing is now an important part of the DNA that makes this sleepy coastal town so special – come surf and enjoy all that is Westport and bring the family, they belong here.
Yes, by all means bring the kids, the dog and the neighbors kids. Just make sure you’re prepared for a lot of sand in everything. Thankfully, the new showers have two shower head levels, one high and one low. One level is perfect for an adult – hitting you at head high, the second level is at a perfect height for a 5 year old or dog. Sometimes it looks like a water park with all the kids running around getting more wet and sandy – good thinking WA State Parks, its a hit.
Much of the original Westport Surfing community came from the Northern California City of Santa Cruz – which is steeped in surfing history and tradition. In our opinion, we (BigFoot) owe the Westport surf family pioneers a special thanks for bringing surfing to WA State in a manner that has influenced positive growth for the surfing community as well as attracting surf tourism to the Westport business community.
If you have questions about surf lessons for youth give us a shout – we are trained and certified in adult, child education and sports bio-mechanics. We currently offer private lessons to children and youth from age 7 through 13. We would be happy to offer suggestions to parents who would like to get their children younger than 7 surfing – unfortunately, we are restricted by our insurance terms and cannot offer surf lessons to the 7 and under age group.
Questions? Give us a shout, we would love to say Mahalo BigFoot style: 360-515-7969
The Facilities At Westhaven State Park – Two Words, They’re Great!
Westhaven State Park has been newly renovated and the facilities themselves are built perfectly for surfers, day trippers, fishermen and razor clam diggers. With bathrooms and a separate shower area it offers a great way to get the saltwater and sand rinsed off yourself and all your surf gear, your child and your dog.
Parking – hmmm. If it looks like a good weather weekend, holiday, or if there is a surf competition – expect parking to be challenging, as it is with all popular parks in Washington. Westhaven does have plenty of parking and you will never not be able to park – the question then is how far do you want to walk with all your gear.
In planning for your surf adventure try to get into Westport early – the surf shops are generally open at 9:00AM and close at 5:00PM. All rentals are due back by 4:30PM at our last check – call the surf shops to confirm.
PSA: Please make sure you take a few extra minutes to thoroughly rinse off your surf rental gear before returning it to the Surf Shops. This will put a smile on their faces. 🙂
Surf Lesson Gear Check List:
Being Physically and Mentally Prepared For Your Surf Lesson- Check List
Surfing has rules that are guidelines to make the sport more safe and enjoyable for all. Here are good ways to go about surfing; written by highly respected professional surfers.
Remember and apply these ethics every time you go surfing! You and others will be stoked that you did.
Surfrider Foundation’s – The Surfer’s Code
- Respect the beach, ocean and others
- The surfer closest to the peak has the right of way
- First to his or her feet has priority
- Stay out of the way of riders on waves
- If in doubt, don’t paddle out
- Be aware of currents, jetties and other surfers
- Hold on to your board
- Clean up after yourself and others less thoughtful
- Always aid another surfer in trouble
- Share the water, your knowledge and your stoke
- Give Respect To Gain Respect
A Surfer’s Code by Shaun Tomson – from the book “Surfer’s Code”
- I Will Never Turn My Back on the Ocean
- I Will Paddle Around the Impact Zone
- I Will Take the Drop with Commitment
- I Will Never Fight a Rip Tide
- I Will Paddle Back Out
- I Will Watch Out for Other Surfers
- There Will Always Be Another Wave
- I Will Always Ride into Shore
- I Will Pass Along My Stoke
- I Will Catch a Wave Every Day (even in my mind)
- I Will Honor the Sport of Kings
Nat Young’s Code of Ethics – Give Respect To Gain Respect
- Right of Way: Furthest inside, closest to the peak.
- Do Not: Drop in or Snake.
- Paddling Out: Paddle Wide. Caught inside stay in the white water.
- Remember to Communicate: First to feet or on the wave. Call Communicate (Left or Right)
- Always: Surf with Your Ability. No big waves until ready. Take off with commitment. Paddle hard.
- Danger: Do not let go of your board, it’s a danger to others.