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Shark Sands

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Oregon's New Surf Vs. Shark Drama

By Justin "Scrappers" Morrison

Oregon’s most popular surf spot is in the middle of a big natural process that might make the water very sharky. A dead 38ft humpback whale washed up on Oswald West's sandy shores yesterday.

According to the The Daily Astorian, The whale is staying put. “It looks like we’re having a series of lower tides and based on the current location of the whale, we’re expecting it to remain in place.”

Photo ganked from the Daily Astorian

Photo ganked from the Daily Astorian

So the beach is pretty stinky. This stink isn’t just in the air, it’s in the sand, and the water. This stink is death and sharks love death!

We can’t honestly look into the future and say we know what will happen, but come on. Sharks are coming to Short Sands. They might just swim by and decide it’s not worth it. Or they might stick around for a long time?

Let’s look at the dead whale that washed up in Southern California in November, 2002. As it decomposed it became buried in the sand chumming the waters of popular surf spots San Onofre and Trestles for a long time. These spots have now become white shark breeding grounds. In a Surfline thread Ralph S. Collier, from the Shark Research Committee admits, “increased frequency of white sharks at San Onofre could have been the result of the dead whale on the beach leaching decaying material into the water”. 

Collier went on to caution surfers about the whale juice attracting sharks, “The juveniles remain close inshore and feed on fishes. Most of the sharks being sighted off our Southern California beaches are juveniles or sub-adults, which range in length from 4 to 9 feet. Although they are not interested in humans, encounters are possible and therefore caution should be exercised when using areas they are known to frequent.” 

Short Sands is not infested with sharks right now, but on Wednesday, Sept 21, 1994 Rob MacKenzie was attacked there. ”Rob went flying into the air, still attached to his board by a seven-foot leash, and came down in the water just in front of the shark. The board had become impaled sideways on the shark's lower jaw and, to dislodge it, the shark raised its back half out of the water and slammed its head on the surface until the board floated free. Then the shark dived, getting its tail caught on the leash and pulling Rob and his board under as it swam for deeper water. Under the strain, the leash broke, shooting the board high in the air and allowing Rob to surface and retrieve it.” Read more attack details >>>

Portland is getting three new surf shops: Cosube, Leeward, and Up North Surf Club. Short Sands is one of the nearest beginner's surf spots. The rotting whale is welcoming hungry sharks. We don’t know what will happen, but let’s just be extra safe out there and follow these tips:

-Don’t surf alone.

-Don’t surf after dark.

-Don’t surf if you see other water critters doing weird shit like jumping out of the water as if they are trying to escape a predator.

-Don’t surf near spots that the salmon are running up to spawn. Think rivers and creeks.

-Don’t surf where a dead mammal, or whale, is rotting into the sea.

I hate writing this story! Short Sands is my favorite place in the whole world. I'm totally going to surf there knowing my chances of shark death are better than ever. Fuck it. I go to die eventually and I'd rather die doing something I love in nature than watching the Price is Right in a hospital bed full of cancer.


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After 10 years of adventures I'm selling my first home.

So many memories. I first bought when I was 22 and living back at my parents in Orange County. I didn't have a ton of money and wanted to save every scrap for travel and camera gear so I knew I needed alternative rent payments. My friend John Peck (pipeline pioneer and surfboard shaper) traded his 1974 VW Bus for one a couple year prior and said of the Ford Econoline van, "these things are the backbone of America." We took a month long trip to Baja in his and I was sold. I scoured craigslist for a white ford panel van.I found my 2 year old shimmering white beauty in Costa Mesa. It was the pride and joy of a Baja 1000 fanatic who outfitted it with a beefy suspension and all-terrain tires. Over the years it has given me a retreat from the hustle of Southern California. With it my program has been to get business done then take off for more rural places to work, surf and hike. About two and half years ago I converted it with the help of friends into a tiny house on wheels. It has now allowed me to cook and work comfortably and organize all of my surfboards and gear. It has never been my intention to sell it but a few months ago I ran into two brothers  in the middle of the desert with the largest Sprinter van I'd ever seen. I'd always been a Sprinter lover- German engineering, diesel engine... They had just boughten it and were looking to sell it and buy a school bus. It was a price I couldn't pass up and so I'm selling my baby to recoup my investment on the new van. It's going to be weird not having it around anymore, the new owner has to agree to let drive it around their block once a year ha. All good things must come to an end. 

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Stay Wild: Summer Issue

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Our Summer Issue has a theme: Let's Get Salty!

Summer Issue: Out Now!!!

On July 3rd Snow Peak Portland opened it’s doors right into a giant tent that folks had to climb into and grab a fresh copy of Stay Wild. Once folks made it through the tent we treated them to BBQ, Beer, Brew Dr. Kombucha, and an artshow fearing artifacts from the Summer Issue. At some point the rad folks from SuperKoldie showed up to hand out cans of beer in their killer coozies.

As it turns out our readers, or at least the ones who made it to the party, are the most awesome fun-tastic salty ragers in town!

Thank you all so much!

Stay Salty!!!!!
-Stay Wild