ROCKAWAY BEACH
7 miles of wide open beach on the North Oregon Coast
Outdoor Fun
Following are some tips gleaned from a variety of expert sources.
  • Be safe. CLICK HERE for important guidelines for Oregon beach safety.
  • Start early in the morning if you want to beat other beachcombers to the finds.
  • Get a tide table chart. Beachcombing is especially good after a winter storm and when the tide is low. October through April are excellent months.
  • Dig at the water's edge. You may even wish to bring along a small shovel and rake.
  • Move slowly as you search.
  • Leave the wildlife alone.
  • Shells that you find can be kept in nylon mesh or plastic bags. Wash them when you get home and polish agates you find to bring out their color.
  • Bring along a garbage bag and pick up litter you encounter.

Kite flying

All kite experts agree: The best place to fly a kite is on the beach where there are no obstructions and you have lots of room to run. And there is no better beach for this than Rockaway Beach. As evidence of this, each May Rockaway Beach celebrates its Kite Festival.
If you have never flown a kite before, following are some tips to help you get started. These instructions assume you will be flying with a buddy.
  • Hold your ball of string and have your buddy hold the kite or vice versa.
  • The kite should be facing you and the wind.
  • Unwind about 30 yards of string.
  • Signal to your buddy to release the kite. You should pull on the string to launch your kite into the air. Make sure the wind is going in a straight line from you to the other person.
  • To allow the kite to go higher, release a length of string.
  • To lower the kite, simply pull in the string.

Tips to prevent a kite from crashing

If there is very little wind: run (careful, watch where you are going), remove kite tails and anything that cause additional drag on the kite and try to make your kite as light as possible. If your kite is going downwards, make the kite's point go in an up direction (by releasing the string slowly) and pull the string as fast as you can.
If there is plenty of wind, tug the string with a pumping motion, let out more string. If you have already crashed, consider putting a tail, frayed trailing edge or something to create drag on the kite. This will add stability, especially in high wind.
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