In the early days of surfing, Santa Cruz and San Francisco were popularly considered the remote northern outposts of West Coast surfing. However, surfers have been riding waves north of San Francisco (and even north of the California-Oregon border) for many years. How many exactly is a subject of some debate. What is not subject to debate is the clear fact that there are, indeed, good, surfable waves in Washington and Oregon, an area of the United States commonly known as the Pacific Northwest ? but to locals more often experienced as the Pacific Northwest.