While the bay is often cold and the waves only break when the wind blows, there’s something wonderful about being able to surf even when you’re 100 miles from the coast.

YES – Surfing in Birch Bay

While Westport remains the spot for consistent waves year round, many people are surprised to learn that there are surfable waves in Birch Bay 10-15 times a year. While these waves are almost always small (1ft-2ft) and often only break for 1-2 hours, there have been some larger (3ft-4ft) days in previous years.

The most popular spot to catch waves is in the middle of Birch Bay State Park (at the point) – this surf spot is named Seaman Spit for its spit of sand at low tide that causes it to break, and its discoverer, Gary Seaman, a surfboard and kayak designer. On larger days rides can take you all the way down the shore 50 yards or more.

There are also people who surf on the other side of the bay near Birch Bay Villages or South of Birch Bay near Cherry Point when wind is out of the S or SW however these rides are much shorter.

While prone surfing is possible on bigger days most surfers here ride SUP’s as they can catch the smaller waves. You’ll often find Surf Skis, Kayakers, and Kiteboarders out enjoying the waves as well.


Waves in the bay are generated by strong winds out of the SW, W, or NW with the NW winds creating the best bet for possible surf conditions. The strongest waves occur when windswell combines with an incoming tide.

You can check the Halibut Bank Buoy for wind direction and swell (seas). Readings above 3ft for waves with NW winds offer a chance the waves will make it to Birch Bay.


Another good resource is Windonthewater.com as you can see the wind direction readings for multiple locations around Puget Sound.