Nixon Surf Challenge
Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia
5 - 11 May 2014
The Nixon Surf Challenge crowns Aliotti champ
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 14 May, 2014 - The Nixon Surf Challenge 2014 in association with Monster Energy, Reef and Lomography just wrapped in the Russian Far-East, with William Aliotti (FRA) edging out last year’s winner and compatriot Vincent Duvignac (FRA) in the shadow of Kamchatka’s volcanoes to be crowned Overall Winner of the week-long, peer-judged surf contest and adventure.
With decent swell all week long and somewhat changeable weather conditions, the invited surfers charged hard in the 1-1.5m waves from the outset, despite frigid water temperatures only just about hovering above the 2 to 3 degree mark. Each of the surfers also had to battle some pretty heavy jetlag after touching down on the Russian peninsula – all par for the course when you fly to the Pacific coastline of the Motherland.
After a distinctly foggy start to proceedings, Day 3 saw the sun finally come out, revealing the mind-blowing scenery for the first time and showcasing Kamchatka’s famous snow-capped volcanoes in all their glory.
Despite spine-chillingly cold sessions in the line-up every day, the surfers were all motivated to surf for as long as possible. For eventual winner William Aliotti, the waves of Kamchatka couldn’t have been more of a contrast to his normal daily routine. Traveling the globe for the last six months surfing some of the world’s most tropical surf spots, William surprised everyone by taking to the cold water like it was nothing.
William Aliotti © Nixon
As well as clinching the Overall title, the super-consistent 21-year-old goofy-footer from the Caribbean haven of Saint Martin also captured the Best Trick award after stomping just about every aerial trick in the book.
“I’m so happy to return from Russia with two prizes in the bag – it’s more than I could have ever expected when I was invited on the trip,” said William. “As a Nixon rookie, it’s been a real honor to experience this incredible competition first-hand alongside such a stacked rider line-up. Big ups to all the surfers, especially Vincent who pushed me all the way, and the Nixon crew working behind the scenes to make this incredible adventure a reality!”
Kepa Acero (EUK), one of the Basque Country’s most talented surfers and intrepid explorers, picked up the third and final award up for grabs when he was voted winner of the “I rocked Russia” prize. Giving it his all in the water every day, Kepa’s uncanny ability to catch up on some sleep in the unlikeliest of positions kept everyone amused throughout the trip.
No mean feat to organize in such a remote and far-flung location, the Nixon Surf Challenge 2014 turned out to be worth every effort, every sub-zero night spent camping on the beach and every bump in the road – of which there were many as the whole crew travelled in the massive military-style truck to access little-known spots dotted along the peninsula’s jaw-dropping coastline.
Eric Rebiere (FRA), long-time Nixon team rider and Nixon Surf Challenge veteran, said: “The whole week has been unbelievable. The locals welcomed us with open arms, and the atmosphere among the riders has been great, too. Nobody really knew what to expect before getting on the plane, but no doubt – it’s exceeded all our expectations and this week definitely represents yet another unforgettable chapter in the Nixon Surf Challenge story.”
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