Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic
Big Wave World Tour Stop #3
Nelscott Reef, Lincoln City Oregon
1 October - 31 March 2013
Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic 2013 Slideshow
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 6 February, 2013 : - - Saturday morning (02 February) revealed clear skies and glassy conditions. The first heat hit the water at 11:15 am. The event saw waves in the 25-30ft faces range in perfect conditions with the best big wave surfers in the world displaying their modern approach to big wave surfing. The display of big wave surfing at Nelscott Reef was incredible and the judges were handing out excellent scores throughout the day.
The A-frame nature of the reef allowed competitors to split the peak and maximize scoring potential with big drops and long walls. Round 1 standouts included Gabriel Villaran, Grant Washburn, Ben Wilkinson & Ben Andrews.
The Semi Finals saw an increased size in surf and many of the usual suspects were charging toward the final while other BWWT newcomers battled for the remaining slots. The standouts of the round were Gabriel Villaran, Jamie Sterling, Greg Long, Ben Wilkinson, Joao De Macedo, and Aaron Ungerleider.
The final saw the largest and most critical waves of the day. Jamie Sterling stepped it up during the Final and collect two excellent scores, a 9 (best wave doubled) and 8.5 to receive a total of 26.5 out of 30.
The South Reef Bomb exhibition was a close battle between Nic Lamb and Rusty Long. Both exchanged many great waves in the 30ft face range. At the awards ceremony the surfers and fans gave the nod to Rusty Long.
Ian Wallace, Haley Fiske and Drew Brophy gave an SUP Exhibition in the earlier part of the morning, and were the test pilots to decide when to start the Big Wave World Tour Event.
The Big Wave World Tour (BWWT), is an international surfing phenomenon that organizes the best big wave riders in the first-ever big wave surfing league. The tour showcases the world’s top surfers and local standouts as they battle extreme conditions, and each other, in a season long battle to become the next Big Wave World Champion. Tour organizers, led by founder legendary big wave rider and shaper, Gary Linden, closely monitor weather patterns for ideal conditions, and surfers are given just 48 hours notice to arrive at sanctioned big wave competition sites around the world.
All events are paddle-in only
Wave height is a minimum 30 ft.-Greater than 50 ft. Preferred
The top 12 international surfers are invited to all the events.
Only a surfer’s two best waves are tallied in each heat.
About Nelscott Reef
Nelscott Reef is located a half mile out to sea in Lincoln City, Oregon, just up the beach from Spanish Head. It is a high performance big wave with both rights and lefts, but predominantly rights when it’s really big. The wave is protected by miles of beach break surf that is mostly impassable when the swells are big enough for the reef to break. Although there are smaller days when the reef can be paddled to from the beach, Nelscott Reef isn’t generally considered a big wave spot until the beach break is too big to paddle. In these conditions, PWCs are the access vehicle of choice, but you still have to deal with beach launching to get to the wave, and launching a ski from the beach can be a truly precarious undertaking with high tides and huge surf. The waves at Nelscott Reef are rideable up to 50-foot and beyond. Add regular rainfall and chilly land and sea temperatures to the equation, and you’ve got a truly rugged big wave spot. Water temperatures from October to March range between 47-53 F (6-12 C), while the average daytime air temperatures range between 55-61 F (13-16 C).
Author: The Editors
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