New Book Chronicles Oregon Surfing in the Central Coast

Local authors share the history of the sport in the area using colorful images
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Feb. 25, 2014 - PRLog -- Releasing on February 24, 2014 is Oregon Surfing Central Coast from local authors Scott and Sandy Blackman. This pictorial history is the next addition to Arcadia Publishing’s new series Images of Modern America series. The book boasts more than 200 vintage and modern images of surfing in Oregon’s Central Coast.

In this new colorful pictorial history, images share the story of how surfing came to the central Oregon coast in the early 1960s. Mostly young boys from Newport and the Agate Beach area took to the waves, without wetsuits or leashes and taught themselves how to surf in the forbidding cold waters. Eventually forming the Agate Beach Surf Club, they discovered other surfing communities along the Oregon coast. With no modern-day technology to help them, they traveled the rugged Oregon coast in search of good and accessible surf spots.

Chronicling fifty years of the area’s surfing history, Oregon Surfing Central Coast discusses how the surfing culture in the area has grown and evolved.  Images reveal how both genders are now active in the sport and other types of surfing sports such as kite, wind, stand-up-paddle and big wave surfing. Scott and Sandy Blackman culled images which illustrate how the Oregon coast has remained a challenging and unique environment for surfers.  Oregon’s geography, the weather and the cold water still remain the biggest challenges for today’s surfers. However, in the face of all this, the surfing community grows and continues to prosper.

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or online.

Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States.  Our mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America’s people and places.  Have we done a book on your town?  Visit
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