It is easy to miss the tiny town of Port Orford on Oregon’s rugged southern coast. Unless they get pulled over for speeding, most visitors spend less than a minute in town as they drive along US 101. But for craftsman and surfer Jason Tilley, it’s a place for practicing a life’s work.
Tilley takes his part of the world and puts it into surfboards. He builds his boards with the Port Orford Cedar native to his home town. He shapes for himself and his neighbors – local watermen devoted to mastering the area’s remote and chilling surf breaks. And he designs and crafts everything about twenty feet away from where he and his family sleep at night.w