CONNECT WITH THE EXPERTS. Our Adventure Coaches came from all over to Headlands, but share a common passion for our surroundings and thrive on connecting our guests with all Pacific City and Oregon’s North Coast have to offer. Whatever you can think of, they’re up to the challenge – from beach bonfires and bird watching to crabbing and kayaking. Our Adventure Coaches are avid explorers of the Oregon Coast and love to share their discoveries—book a private outing with your personal guide for a trail hike, kayak trip or an adventure you design together. To plan your unique experience, connect with an Adventure Coach at or call  503.483.3000.



Our Adventure Coaches were born to play and born to plan. They can suggest, schedule and deliver an Oregon Coast experience that meets all of your vacation cravings: from biking to fishing, hiking to kayaking; from the best beer, wine and food and local attractions—and much more. Our coaches are ready to help you head out and embrace all that Headlands has to offer.


  • Ryan

    Ryan has a long-held love for zoology and the natural world. He has worked as a Certified Veterinary Technician, cared for the penguins at the Oregon Zoo, and traveled throughout the western states studying migratory birds. Living in Pacific City, Ryan enjoys birding at Sandlake Estuary and delights in the annual return of the California brown pelicans. When he’s not out surfing or digging clams, he’s teaching guests about the best parts about our beach, especially the tide pools, and promoting beach stewardship by cleaning up trash and heading our Barrel Bag cleanup efforts. In his free time, Ryan enjoys culinary pursuits — including crafting cocktails, baking bread, and making fermented foods. He, his wife, and their rescue beagle, Buddy, are avid explorers of the Oregon Coast, discovering its many trails, its sights, and its exceptional camping locales.

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    Sandy was born in Santa Barbara, California and spent most of her childhood in Washington State. She and her brothers led an adventurous outdoor life of skiing, snowboarding, motorbiking and horseback riding. She earned a business degree at Fort Collins, Colorado, and continues to spend as much time as possible outside hiking, fishing, and boating–but her greatest passion is surfing. Sandy loves to travel to surf destinations near and far and lights up at the chance to make connections with others and to hear their stories—particularly around a bonfire on the beach with friends. She lives in Pacific City with her partner and Australian Shepard, Benny.

  • Mitchell

    Mitchell is a recent Oregon State graduate with a background in Biology. During his time at Oregon State Mitchell worked as a marine research assistant sampling eelgrass in estuaries, was a bicycle mechanic in Corvallis and raced with the university cycling club. Now he is often found riding and helping to maintain the coast’s mountain bike trails. Mitchell also enjoys fly fishing and loves the combination of science and art with the thrill of taking fish on the fly. With an extensive sea glass collection Mitchell loves to beach comb and learn about the history of different glasses and their usage. Mitchell currently resides in Rockaway beach, where he spent summers as a child.

Our Partners

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    SOLVE Partnership
    In collaboration with SOLVE, the Adventure Team at Headlands has adopted Sitka Sedge Beach. SOLVE Oregon is dedicated to bringing Oregonians together to improve our environment and build a legacy of stewardship. Help us protect marine line and maintain the natural beauty of our coast. Join us for our monthly beach clean-up at Sitka Sedge State Natural Area.

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    Barrel Bag Program
    Headed out? Pick up a barrel bag at the Adventure Center to take with you or join us for one of our scheduled beach clean-ups. The trash and micro-plastics you gather from our beaches and trails can be redeemed for a voucher good for a pint of beer or a root beer at the Pelican Brewing Company.

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