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Surf in the San Juans?

For years, I've heard for San Juan Island locals talk of catching surf off the islands' southern sections.  I've spoken to two longboarders and one surf kayaker who have confirmed this.  Last summer a prone paddler boarder friend said he caught a really long ride on a waist high wave in False Bay.  And it's not surprising given it's location near the eastern opening of the Strait of Juan de Fuca which also delivers surfable swells to the west side of Whidbey Island.  For those not familiar with NW surfing, the shorelines along both the Canadian and US side of the Strait have been popular surfing spots for years.  For locals, waves must be a relief as getting to traditional surfing areas in BC or WA from the island is quite the trek.  San Juan Island is Trip #52 in the book.

The image below is from the SW tip of San Juan Island in September.

Learn more about my book Kayaking Puget Sound and the San Juans, 60 Trips. I also offer SUP and Kayak lessons available throughout the year at Salmon Bay Paddle. Questions about paddling on the Salish Sea, give me a holler anytime at or 206-465-7167

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