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Westport, WA

Growing up in Mukilteo, WA, it gave me the opportunity to explore the Washington Coast. There are many popular beaches like La Push and Greyland; however, we consistently went to a little beach town named Westport. This town was small with only a little over 2,000 residents and much unlike beaches in California. The surf culture was still there, but it is completely different when compared to southern California beach culture. This is because the water is typically 50 degrees and under and the surf is typically blown out and heavy. The beaches are extremely wide with san dunes at the entrances and sandy beaches littered with driftwood. This is where I learned to surf and I remember as a kid hating it because the water was so cold and the surf was so powerful to me. Westport has a huge jetty at the main beach that created a nice break off of the jetty and a rip-current along the jetty making for an easier paddle out.  When surfing at Westport, you typically only saw a couple other guys out in the surf unlike the endless crowds in southern California. You would think that there would be no local claims to the surf, but the few locals in this ran down town laid a huge claim on the surf and would challenge any non-local in the water. I believe this is due to the lower income living on the coast of Washington and the harsher living conditions. Westport has some of the best surf in Washington, but on the other side of the jetty is a huge fishing marina. Unlike California, one could walk on the docks and buy some of the freshest seafood you could get.  With large amounts of wetlands surrounding the area, there were many oyster and clam farms. It is known as the center fishing, shellfish farming, and seafood processing along the Washington Coast. Even though it does not have great weather, Westport draws a considerable amount of tourism from surfing adventurists and seafood lovers. More recently, Westport has even ramped up their tourist industry and provided sources for people to use to learn  about Westport and its attractions. Overall, Westport is a quiet town that provides refuge to the driven surfers and fishermen.

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5 Comments

  1. Hearing La Push reminded me of the Twilight movies. I never even took into account that the Pacific Northwest also has coastal access but that experience is far different from our sunny sandy beaches. In Southern California I am unfamiliar with places that catch oysters and crabs. I didn’t realize that some of the stormy wetland could be the reason that these places thrive with seafood. I connected it to when I went to San Fransisco and Fishermans Warf was just filled with restaurants and fishermen. I’ve never been a fan of seafood but its interesting to note where most of the places with this wetland feeling have crazy amounts of seafood restaurants.

  2. I am personally very excited to see that someone decided to post a blog on a beach that was not only outside of California, but on a beach in a place that I always have found breathtaking and wanted to visit. From my few visits to the Pacific Northwest, I have definitely found the beaches and the beach culture to be quite different than from what I am used to growing up in Southern California. I love the fact that you chose a small town feel with a beach that can be considered very different than from what most of us are used to. I will definitely be planning a visit to Washington very soon, and with any luck, maybe I will be able to add Westport in as a destination to stop on my way north. Especially given the fact that you have enticed me tremendously with the mentioning of extremely fresh and delicious seafood, as I am very aware some of the best seafood around does indeed come out of the Pacific Northwest.

  3. I love this place! My boyfriend and I vist seatlle often and this is a really cool beach with a fun town.

  4. I loved reading about Westport especially since you focused on surf culture. I am new to California and have recently picked up trying to teach myself how to surf. Everything I know about surf culture is warm waters, beach music like Weezer, and words like “pitted”, “rad”, “bruh”. I loved hearing about the rugged surfers in Washington that are more hardcore in the colder and harsher waters.

  5. I love to hear that the coast is such a similar force in influencing the culture of up in Washington even though the climate and shoreline itself are so different. It is wild to hear that people still surf at all when the weather is so cold!

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