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A young surfer with Oregon Surf Adventures takes a class recently at Cannon Beach.

A pair of unique classes are being offered through the Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation department this summer. The Lake Oswego community has a reputation for appreciating the outdoors and being adventurous, and Parks and Recreation staff took both of those attributes into consideration while coming up with new activities this year.

'We thought that there might be some interest and received some suggestions about getting together a surf camp,' said Terri Fackrell of the Parks and Recreation Department.

For the first time, surfing camps will be offered, one session geared toward teenagers and one specifically for mothers and daughters.

Parks and Recreation is partnering with Oregon Surf Adventures, a company based out of Cannon Beach that will handle the teaching and the necessary supplies for an exhilarating two-day adventure.

'The waves in Oregon are great but you don't always think about surfing here,' Fackrell said.

No experience is necessary for the camps and, for the teenage session, transportation is provided each day. Campers will leave early each morning and participate in a pair of three-hour lessons interspersed with lunch and beach games. And, on the second day of the camp, a mini surf competition is held. The camp for teenagers ended today.

Mothers and daughters can hit the beach on Aug. 5 and 6. The camp is for girls 8 and older and will focus on learning the essentials of surfing.

'It's nice to have something where the kids and the parents are starting out on the same level,' Fackrell said.

Transportation is not provided for this camp but the pairs can either drive down on both days or stay at Cannon Beach overnight. The cost of the event is $473 per pair for Lake Oswego residents and $480 for non-residents.

If the camps are a success, Fackrell hopes to continue them again next summer.

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