Loge Camp And Motel Enhances Surfing Experience In The Pacific Northwest

Grant Allen/Adventure Tribune
Loge Camps, a renovated campground and motel on the sandy coast of Westport, Washington, aims to enhance the surfing experience for surfers in the Pacific Northwest.

“In the last couple years, I’ve noticed an increase in surfing and general recreational activity on the Western coastline,” says Johannes Ariens, the founder of Loge Camps. “Surfing is really picking up in popularity, especially around here.”

Ariens, who grew up on the Olympic Peninsula and began surfing in the Pacific Northwest 15 years ago, decided to utilize his background to fuel his passion for surfing. With experience in alternative construction project management that focused on backcountry ski lodges, outdoor camps, etc., Ariens knew he could renovate Westport’s 1960s motel and turn it into an adventure destination for dedicated surfers.

Ariens acquired the property on November 1st and began a Kickstarter campaign aimed to fund renovations to the motel and adjoining campground. Renovation plans will occur through the next four months in preparation for the summer surf season.

The renovations target surfers directly. Ariens plans to add wetsuit drying rooms, wetsuit and board storage, and surf gear storage with combination locks. He'll include an on-site surfboard shaping bay and ding repair center.

If Ariens’ Kickstarter campaign continues its success through January 5th, Loge Camps will feature board shaping demos, clinics, and workshops from major names in the surf community. Loge Camps will even feature clinics that allow you to build your own surfboard with help from professionals.

“We’re targeting the surfing community, and beyond that, the recreation community in general,” Ariens says.

Along with the renovated 1960s motel rooms, Loge Camps will feature a full campground with covered camping areas and lean-to style structures. Camp sites accompany tents and RVs, as well.

The campground gives adventurers their basic needs, like water and electricity. But Loge Camps goes even further to make their site a prime adventure destination. With a stage, an outdoor movie theater, and fire pits, Loge Camps creates an adventure community based around their site as an adventure basecamp.

Westport is turning into just that: an adventure destination. The traditional fishing and logging town has some of the best surf on the West Coast. The destination sits just 130 miles from Seattle and 160 miles from Portland, Ore.

“A lot of people are moving to this area, and more and more of those people are recreation focused,” Ariens says. “We’re trying to educate towards that.”

An adventure destination like Loge Camps is a rarity, especially along the West Coast. “To get traction, someone really has to take this leap,” Ariens says.

Tom Malone is the Editor-In-Chief of The Adventure Tribune and author of adventure novels, like Across Americana. He is based in Denver, Colorado, where he adventures through the Rocky Mountains while not traveling abroad.
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