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2009 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic Oct 01 - Dec 31, 2009  


2009 Nelscott Reef Tow in Classic

Adam Replogle and Alistair Craft win the 2009 Nelscott Reef Tow in Classic
Ross Clarke-Jones wins Kingfish and Anthony Tashnick takes the paddle

LINCOLN CITY, Oregon, October 23, 2009. The 2009 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic and Big Wave Paddle In ran in perfect conditions on Thursday. Adam Replogle and Alistair Craft pull off a repeat win for the tow in event. Ross Clarke-Jones wins the Kingfish Title and Anthony Tashnick wins the Liquid Militia Paddle In Exhibition. The event started just after 8 AM and ran all day, finishing up around 6 PM. Surfers traveled from around the world to compete, coming from as far as Australia and Ireland. Conditions were perfect, with solid 30’+ surf and no wind all day. Competition was a high quality as the waves were. Making it to the tow in finals were the teams of Adam Replogle/Alistair Craft, Ross Clarke-Jones/Ian Walsh, Ikaika Kalama/Kainoa Havanio, and Jeff Kafka/Travis Payne. Separated by only 2/10ths of point, Replogle/Craft pull off the win over Jones/Walsh.

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Alistair Craft - 2009 Nelscott Reef Tow in Classic - Photo:Richard Hallman
Alistair Craft
2009 Nelscott Reef Tow in Classic - Photos:Richard Hallman www.FreelanceImaging.com Anthony Tashnick - 2009 Nelscott Reef Tow in Classic - Photo:Richard Hallman
Anthony Tashnick

New this year was the Kingfish Title, awarded to the surfer with the best combined scores of tow in and paddle in. Ross Clarke-Jones beat out Tyler Fox by just 2/10ths of a point. Third place went to Chad Jackson.

The Liquid Militia Paddle In Exhibition saw some great paddle in surfing at Nelscott Reef. Earning third place was Chris Bertish. Second place went to Keallii Mamala, and Anthony Tashnick took first.

This is the earliest in the season that the event has been called. Holding the contest this early allowed for some extra hours of daylight, which was must needed. Finishing, just before sunset, the event went off without a hitch thanks to the hard work of all the volunteers, judges, safety crew and sponsors. The after party was held at the Elks Lodge with food donated from various local restaurants and beer provided by Kona Brewery. Nelscott Reef 2009 Results

Thanks to all the sponsors that made this event a success including Red Bull, Liquid Militia, Blowsion, The Oregon Sports Authority, Russo Surfboards, Kona Brewery, and FreelanceImaging, as well as all the businesses that donated rooms, food, and other services to this event.

Photos of the event will be loaded shortly on the official Nelscott Reef Web Page (www.nelscottreef.com )

The Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic is now in its fifth year. It operates on a threemonth holding period, October 1 through December 31st, and unofficially marks the opening of the North Pacific big wave season. The contest has amazingly been held each year it has operated, boasting a better record than any big wave event in history. About Behemoth LLC.

Behemoth was started in 2005 for the purpose of promoting surf events at Nelscott Reef and other surf locations around the world. Founding member, John Forse, was the pioneer at Nelscott Reef and made his first attempt to ride the reef in 1995. Forse, along with Jim Kusz, safety coordinator for North Lincoln Fire and Rescue and veteran water rescue team leader, and Adam Wagner of Action Sports Northwest, operate Behemoth LLC out of Lincoln City, Oregon. Behemoth LLC organized and promoted the first annual Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic, bringing the sport of surfing to the professional level in Oregon for the first time.


Nelscott Reef Tow in Classic Changes Status to GREEN

Contest to be held on Thursday October 22, 2009

LINCOLN CITY, Oregon, October 18, 2009. The event status has been changed from Yellow to Green for the 2009 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic and Big Wave Paddle In. Organizers made the call tonight for the event to be held on Thursday October 22, 2009.

"After watching the swell forecast for the past couple of days, I am confident that we will have contestable conditions this Thursday", said John Forse, event organizer.

Conditions look like they will be perfect on Thursday for the event. Swell is forecast to be 17’ at 15 seconds, which could equate to some of the largest waves seen during a Nelscott event. Combine the swell with offshore winds and you have an epic day lined up.

The Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic is now in its fifth year. This is the earliest in the holding period that the event has been called, with 3 out of 4 previous years being held in December, and one in January, after an extension of the holding period was granted.

The early date will give organizers an extra 2 hours of daylight to work with as compared to previous years. The extra time will be much appreciated, as it needs to accommodate more than just the Tow in contest. For a second year in a row, there will be a paddle in exhibition, presented by Liquid Militia. The Liquid Militia Paddle Exhibition is a single heat, winner takes all, opportunity for the locals to earn a spot in the 2010 Tow In Classic.

In addition to the Liquid Militia Paddle In Exhibition, contest organizers are introducing a Kingfish Title, to be given to the best all around big wave rider. The individuals with the top scores from the tow in heats will be given an opportunity to paddle in a single heat prior to the finals. The top scores from this paddle in heat will be combined with those from the tow in heat to determine the winner.

Nelscott Reef offers a unique opportunity to see the best big wave riders in the world ride giant waves. The event can be seen right from shore in Lincoln City, OR. Although there is no parking allowed on or near the beach, free parking is provided by the Tanger Outlet Mall in the heart of Lincoln City. The beach is just a short walk down the hill. Spectators are welcomed and a decent pair of binoculars will help put them right in the action. For updated information on the contest and pre and post event happenings, check the web site www.nelscottreef.com . They can also be followed on Twitter and Facebook.

The Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic is now in its fifth year. It operates on a three-month holding period, October 1 through December 31st, and unofficially marks the opening of the North Pacific big wave season. The contest has amazingly been held each year it has operated, boasting a better record than any big wave event in history.


First Major Storm of the Season is Forecast for 10/21

LINCOLN CITY, Oregon, October 16, 2009. The event status has been changed from Red to Yellow for the 2009 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic and Big Wave Paddle In. This marks the first status change during the current holding period. The status change is brought on by a large swell forecast to develop off the coast of Oregon and Washington early next week.

"It is way early, but we are definitely watching this storm", said John Forse, event organizer. "Things can change quickly with such a long range forecast, but so far it looks like it has potential. The swell looks good, but the winds are a little iffy right now, but we will watch it hope for the best".

It is that potential that has everyone’s eyes on the North Pacific. The current predictions are calling for swell size of 18-20’ at 15-16 second duration. The winds are iffy at this point and it is too early to call, but that can change at any moment. A combination of large swell and no wind, or offshore winds, are what produce the best waves for the competition.

Organizers operate on a traffic light system. Red means there is no swell forecast in the near future. Yellow means that there is a forecast swell that looks contestable and organizers are monitoring. Green means the contest has been called, and everyone has 48 hours to get to Oregon.

If the swell pattern and wind forecast continue to hold, organizers would look to make the call by Monday, as to whether or not to hold the event on Wednesday October 21. They will update their web page with the latest information (www.nelscottreef.com ). They can also be followed on Twitter and Facebook.

The Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic is now in its fifth year. It operates on a three-month holding period, October 1 through December 31st, and unofficially marks the opening of the North Pacific big wave season. The contest has amazingly been held each year it has operated, boasting a better record than any big wave event in history.


HOLDING PERIOD OPENS FOR 2009 NELSCOTT REEF TOW IN CLASSIC AND BIG WAVE PADDLE IN

Behmoth announces this years Contestants and Sponsors

LINCOLN CITY, Oregon, October 1, 2009, Today marks the opening of the holding period for the 2009 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic and Big Wave Paddle In. The holding period opens today and extends through December 31, 2009. Organizers will be monitoring the conditions and will give 48 hours notice when the decision to hold the event is made.

As is tradition with big wave contests, the Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic follows an open holding period and traffic light system. This allows organizers to monitor surf conditions and have the flexibility to hold the event in the best possible conditions. In Oregon, these conditions occur a couple of times a year and create a massive wave, which has been called one of the best high performance big waves in the world.

This is the fifth year for the Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic. The event has been held an unprecedented 4 out of 4 years, and organizers are hoping to continue the trend.

"Weather is always unpredictable. I think we have been lucky for the past few years, but then again, it just shows how consistent this wave breaks up here", said John Forse, event founder.

Once thought to be a tow in only wave, the 2008 contest proved that people could paddle in at Nelscott. The paddle in will continue this year with the Liquid Militia Paddle In Exhibition, as well as an additional paddle in element. This year, the event expands with the addition of a Kingfish award, a combination of tow in and paddle in scores.

2009 Tow In Classic Confirmed Teams:

  • Al Mennie-Andrew Cotton
  • Jeff Schmucker-Josiah Schmucker
  • Tyler Smith-Russel Smith
  • Zach Wormhoudt-Jake Wormhoudt
  • Kealii Mamala-Garrett McNamara
  • Tim West-Ion Banner
  • Peter Mel-Jamie Mitchell
  • Ross Clarke Jones-Tom Carroll
  • Jeff Kafka-Benji Darrow
  • Luiz Jardini-Scott Eggers
  • Greg Long-Twiggy Baker
  • Mike Parsons-Brad Gerlach
  • Jeremy Rasmussen-Tom Miller
  • Mark Healey-Rusty Long
  • Tarik BenHammou- Abdel El Harim
  • Jed Kelly-Tony Perez

2009 Liquid Militia Paddle In Exhibition:

  • Chris Bertish
  • Gary Linden
  • John Tipple
  • Geth Noble
  • Mike Parnel
  • More to be announced

Behemoth, LLC also announced the sponsors for the 2009 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic and Big Wave Paddle. An increase in sponsor participation keeps Nelscott event going for the fifth consecutive year.

The Nelscott Reef Tow in Classic has grown to become one of the premier big wave events in the world, attracting surfers from every continent. The event has run for four consecutive years, an almost unheard of record in big wave events. This represents a great value for the sponsors that participate in the event.

We are proud to have partners that continue to support the event and invest in its future. This year, Liquid Militia, an action sports apparel company, has stepped up to sponsor the Liquid Militia Paddle In Exhibition. "It is a perfect fit for us", said Paul "Pablo" Shulte, founder of Liquid Militia. "After competing in the first Nelscott contest, we saw how well it was run and what a great event it was, and wanted to continue to stay involved".

Additional returning sponsors for 2009 are Blowsion, manufacturer of the best aftermarket parts for PWCs, Oregon Sports Authority, dedicated to supporting professional sports events in Oregon, Russo Surfboards, a Lincoln City surfboard shaper, Westshore Motel, offering beachside accommodations with views of Nelscott Reef, and the Nelscott Reef Surf Shop, the best place in Lincoln City to get your surf gear. The trophies will again be supplied by the Lincoln City Glass Center.

New sponsors joining the event are Surfline, the world’s most renowned surf forcasting company, Kona Brewing Company, makers of fine ales, including Longboard Lager, and Roudhouse 101, the center of Lincoln City night life.

The Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic is now in its fifth year. It operates on a three-month holding period, October 1 through December 31st, and unofficially marks the opening of the North Pacific big wave season. The contest has amazingly been held each year it has operated, boasting a better record than any big wave event in history.

www.nelscottreef.com

About Behemoth LLC.

Behemoth was started in 2005 for the purpose of promoting surf events at Nelscott Reef and other surf locations around the world. Founding member, John Forse, was the pioneer at Nelscott Reef and made his first attempt to ride the reef in 1995. Forse, along with Jim Kusz, safety coordinator for North Lincoln Fire and Rescue and veteran water rescue team leader, and Adam Wagner of Action Sports Northwest, operate Behemoth LLC out of Lincoln City, Oregon. Behemoth LLC organized and promoted the first annual Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic, bringing the sport of surfing to the professional level in Oregon for the first time.


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