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2008 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic Oct 01 - Dec 31, 2008  


REPEAT VICTORY FOR NELSCOTT REEF TOW IN CLASSIC

2008 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic, Nov 30 - Photo:Richard Hallman
 

Adam Replogle and Alistair Craft Win 2008 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic

LINCOLN CITY, Oregon, Nov. 30, 2008 , Adam Replogle and Alistair Craft won the 2008 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic for the second year in a row. The event was held on a beautiful day in perfect surf conditions. Keallii Mamala goes home with the win for the first ever paddle in contest at Nelscott Reef.

After a day of thick fog on Saturday, the field of 16 teams woke up to sunny skies and big surf for the contest on Sunday. Waves were in the 20-30’ range, wind was calm, skies were clear, and the temperature hit 64 degrees. This made for a perfect day of tow in surfing.

Although there were a few delays due to fog in the early morning hours, the contest got off to a smooth start. After two rounds of heats, 4 teams advanced to the finals. Almost all the teams in the finals, including the winners Adam Replogle and Alistair Craft, were from Santa Cruz, but the surprise of the event, was the team for Australia. Jeff and Josiah Schmucker are a father and son team from Australia who had never competed in a big wave competition before. Their 2nd place finish to some of the best teams in the world was impressive. Russell and Tyler Smith took 3rd place and the Wormhoudt brothers, Jake and Zach took 4th.

"We could not be more excited about the outcome of the event", said John Forse, event organizer. "We like to think of Nelscott as a family event, and this year, the finals had a father/son team and two brother teams."

After the qualifying heats were completed, they ran the first ever paddle in contest at Nelscott Reef. A field of nine vied for a winner takes all 45-minute heat. Twelve waves were caught during the heat, but in the end, Keallii Mamala took the prize, as well as an auto seed with his partner into the 2009 tow in event. Jamie Mitchell took 2nd place, Shane Desmond grabbed 3rd, Mike Parsons 4th, and Gary Linden came in 5th.

"The paddle in was amazing and we were surprised how many waves were actually caught. Almost everyone got a wave in what turned out to be an optimal paddle in day at the reef", said Forse.

2008 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic, Nov 30 - Photo:Richard Hallman
 
2008 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic, Nov 30 - Photo:Richard Hallman
 
2008 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic, Nov 30 - Photo:Richard Hallman
 
2008 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic, Nov 30 - Photo:Richard Hallman
 

After conferring with big wave contest guru, Gary Linden, and based on competitors feedback and spectator enthusiasm, John Forse has decided to integrate the paddle in into future events.

Operating in a three-month holding period, John Forse has proven his local knowledge of the reef he pioneered, with 4 years of perfect calls. Predicting a day in which the surf is large enough to hold the event with weather and wind conditions coinciding with that swell is extremely difficult. However, Forse has been successful in the past 4 years at calling the contest on the best day of the year.

The event was presented by the Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City, OR. They also hosted the awards ceremony, where Gary Linden was honored with presenting the awards for the evening. Also honored were the Pacific Northwest Judges, Andrew Kell, who performed safety all day, and all of the sponsors that made the event happen. The ceremony moved to the bar, where surfers and spectators looked at photos from the day and celebrated a perfect event.

2008 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic, Nov 30 - Photo:Richard Hallman
 

2008 Tow In Contest Results:

  1. Adam Replogle (N.Cal) Alistair Craft (N.Cal)
  2. Jeff Schmucker (AUS) Josiah Schmucker (AUS)
  3. Russell Smith (C. Cal) Tyler Smith (C.Cal)
  4. Zach Wormhoudt (N.Cal) Jake Wormhoudt (N.Cal)
  5. Brad Gerlach (S.Cal) Mike Parsons (S.Cal)
  6. Chad Jackson (C.Cal) and Jamie Mitchell (AUS)
  7. Tim West (N.Cal) Ion Banner (N.Cal)
  8. Jeremy Rasmussen (Oregon) Tom Miller (Oregon)
  9. Garrett McNamara (HAW) Kealii Mamala (HAW)
  10. Yuri Soledade (Brazil) Everaldo Pato Texeira (Brazil)
  11. Shane Desmond (N.Cal) Tyler Fox (N.Cal)
  12. Justin Howard (Oregon) Andre Phillip (Oregon)
  13. Jeff Kafka (N.Cal) Benji Darrow (N.Cal)
  14. Andrew Cotton (Ireland) Scott Eggers (C. Cal)
  15. Alec Cooke (Ace Cool) (HAW) Ron Barron (HAW)
  16. Mike Parnell (Oregon) Matt Esnard (Oregon)

2008 Paddle In Contest List:

  1. Kealii Mamala (HAW)
  2. Jamie Mitchell (AUS)
  3. Shane Desmond (N.Cal)
  4. Mike Parsons (S.Cal)
  5. Gary Linden (S.Cal)
  6. Justin Howard (Oregon)
  7. Chad Jackson (C.Cal)
  8. Zach Wormhoudt (N.Cal)
  9. Steve Harnack (Oregon)

Founded by Lincoln City resident and Nelscott Pioneer, John Forse, the Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic has always been a grass roots organization. Without the support of the local community and our sponsors, the event would have folded after the first year. The Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic is now the longest consistently running tow in contest in the world. Local sponsors, like the Chinook Winds Casino, have been a major supporter of the event from its conception, and we are proud to have their continued support. Other local sponsors that have, and continue to play a vital role in the event include the Nelscott Reef Surf Shop, Westshore Motel, Oregon Sports Authority, Russo Surfboards, Tanger Outlets, Station 3 Embroidery, and the Anchor Inn. New Oregon sponsors this year are Blowsion, DaKine, and Bob Lamphere’s Beaverton Honda. Out of State support comes from K38 Rescue, Fringe Clothing, and Banquet.

The Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic is the only tow in contest on the North American continent and Oregon’s only professional surf event.


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NELSCOTT REEF TOW IN CLASSIC CHANGES CONTEST STATUS TO GREEN

Two Large Swells on Tap For Pacific Northwest

LINCOLN CITY, Oregon, November 26, 2008, Behemoth, LLC changed the contest status to Green as a large swell is forecast for the coming weekend. The 2008 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic will be held Sunday November, 30th.

This marks the second time this year that the status has changed – the first was a change to yellow in October, as an early swell marked watching. That swell ended up having too much wind from the wrong direction. After watching the forecast closely over the past few days, John Forse decided to make the call this morning.

“There are two storms on tap - the first looks to be plagued with bad wind, but the second looks to be a long duration swell with offshore winds”, said John Forse, event organizer.

The current forecast has the first swell arriving on Friday November 28 with a swell size of 14 feet at 14 seconds. The wind looks pretty bad, but then cleans up on Saturday and Sunday. The forecast for Sunday is for 15-foot swell at 18 seconds and winds are out of the east. This should make for some epic conditions on the Oregon Coast.

The contest has a 3-month holding period, October 1 through December 31st, during which a 48-hour notice is given for contest green light. Since this is a Holiday week, and a consistent forecast for good conditions for Sunday, Forse decided to make the call early. Forse wanted to give competitors, media, sponsors, and spectators as much time as possible to get up to Oregon.

The swell and weather conditions look to excellent for the first Nelscott Reef paddle in contest. There will be a one-hour heat before the finals, where surfers will be competing for the biggest wave of the heat.

The following teams are confirmed and looking forward to coming to Lincoln City Oregon for the fourth annual event.

NELSCOTT REEF TOW IN CLASSIC CHANGES CONTEST STATUS BACK TO RED

Too Much Wind For First Big Swell of the Season

LINCOLN CITY, Oregon, October 27th, 2008 – Behemoth, LLC changed the contest status back to red last Friday after a week of monitoring the first big swell of the season. A large swell was forecast for Saturday, but unfortunately, the wind did not want to cooperate.

Although the holding period for the 2008 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic began on October 1st, Good swell and wind combinations usually start in November. Saturday’s forecast called for a 15-foot swell at 16 seconds, similar to previous years contest conditions. The wind was forecast at 10-15 MPH out of the North, which is just too much wind to hold the event. It ended up being the right call, as Saturday’s swell came with the associated wind out of the North, making for solid surf for a short while in the morning. The wind picked up as forecast, and blew out the conditions quickly.

"We are looking for a solid swell with offshore winds for the event. This was just too much wind, from the wrong direction, to call the event", said John Forse, event organizer. "We have lots of time left in the holding period, so I am sure we will have a better opportunity coming up".

Some pros, anticipating the swell, however, were not disappointed in making their trip up to Oregon. Although it wasn’t a contest day, they towed a central coast slab near Nelscott, that had been originally paddled by John Forse and Brian Wichener in the 90's, and left untouched until the recent towsurfing explosion. Heavy sub-sea level pits were had by Greg Long, Mike Parsons, Mark Healy, and Garrett McNamara, as well as a lot of sick wipeouts. One excruciating fall in particular sent hellman Garrett to the emergency room to get patched up after his encounter with the reef.

Behemoth has solidified the field of competitors for this years event. The following teams are confirmed and looking forward to coming to Lincoln City Oregon for the fourth annual event. The following is list of competitors:

2008 Confirmed Tow In Contest List:

  • Zach Wormhoudt (N.Cal) Jake Wormhoudt (N.Cal)
  • Shane Desmond (N.Cal) Tyler Fox (N.Cal)
  • Garrett McNamara (HAW) Kealii Mamala (HAW)
  • Brad Gerlach (S.Cal) Mike Parsons (S.Cal)
  • Adam Replogle (N.Cal) Alistair Craft (N.Cal)
  • Yuri Soledade (Brazil) Everaldo Pato Texeira (Brazil)
  • Greg Long (S.Cal) Rusty Long (S.Cal)
  • Raph Bruhwiler (CAN) Keith Malloy (S.Cal)
  • Jeremy Rasmussen (Oregon) Tom Miller (Oregon)
  • Dave Mcgill (Oregon) Matt Esnard (Oregon)
  • Russel Smith (N.Cal) Tyler Smith (N.Cal)
  • Alec Cooke (Ace Cool) (HAW) Ron Barron (HAW)
  • Al Mennie (Ireland) Andrew Cotton (Ireland)
  • Jeff Kafka (N.Cal) Shaun Rhodes (N.Cal)
  • Jeff Schmucker (AUS) Jughead (AUS)
  • Tim West (N.Cal) Ion Banner (N.Cal)
2008 Paddle In Contest List:
  • Greg Long (S.Cal)
  • Steve Harnack (Oregon)
  • Mike Parsons (S.Cal)
  • Al Mennie (Ireland)
  • Andre Phillip (Oregon)
  • Evan Slater (S.Cal)
  • Shane Desmond (N.Cal)
  • Kealii Mamala (HAW)
  • Gary Linden (S.Cal)
  • Zach Wormhoudt (N.Cal)

NELSCOTT REEF TOW IN CLASSIC ANNOUNCES 2008 CONTEST LINEUP AS WELL AS A PADDLE IN CONTEST

First Ever Nelscott Reef Paddle In Contest Announced!

LINCOLN CITY, Oregon, July 18th, 2008 – Behemoth, LLC is proud to announce the 2008 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic lineup and a new paddle in contest, a first for the Classic. Coming off three years of perfect contest conditions, Behemoth has raised the bar for the 2008 contest. Once again, the world’s best tow in surfers will converge in Lincoln City, OR for the one-day event to be held sometime between October 1 and December 31st, 2008.

This years contest will once again attract some of the biggest names in the sport. Previous winners of the event, Jake and Zach Wormhoudt and Garrett McNamara and Kealii Mamala will return, competing against such names as Brad Gerlach and Mike Parsons, Greg and Rusty Long, Tyler and Russell Smith, and an Irish team of Alistair Mennie and Andrew Cotton.

This year there will be 16 teams competing for the prize money, rather than 20 teams from previous years. The smaller field will allow more waves per contestant and minimize interference.

New this year is the introduction of a paddle in contest, to be held in the one hour slot between the preliminary heats of the Tow contest and the finals. The winner of the paddle contest will get a seed, along with their tow partner, to the 2009 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic, plus a cash purse.

Behemoth has always advocated the philosophy that 'Big Wave credentials are established by paddling big waves not by the simple purchase of a PWC' and is a requirement to be a competent and safe tow in surfer, a philosophy shared by many if not all of the pros. The addition of the paddle in event is a natural extension of that philosophy.

"This is the best way for the locals to prove that they have what it takes to compete against the best in the world", says Forse. "The winner of the paddle contest will get a seed, along with their tow partner, to the 2009 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic, plus a cash purse".

Behemoth has set aside half of the available slots for the locals. The locals will have their work cut out for them, with the field of ten surfers vying for the biggest and baddest wave they can paddle into. The pros competing in this year’s paddle in event will be Zach Wormhoudt, Mike Parsons, Shane Desmond, Greg Long, and Al Mennie. Local Oregonian invitees are Steve Harnack, Tim Hinton, Dan Hasselschwert, Jay Senewald, and Jason Garding.

The contest has a 3-month holding period to allow for the best possible combination of large surf and weather. During that time, John Forse, the pioneer of Nelscott Reef, monitors the forecasts and when conditions look right, he makes the call, which is a 48- hour notice of the start of the event. For three years in a row, his call has been the right one, with each year bringing bigger and better conditions on the contest day. The 2007 event was split between 2 days, with waves up to 50 feet on some of the sets.

The Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic, unofficially marks the opening of the Pacific big wave season. With the absence of La Nina, which plagued the North Pacific with poor conditions last year, conditions could be epic again.

Behemoth, LLC will be refreshing their web page, www.nelscottreef.com , for the 2008 contest in the upcoming weeks. The new page will contain all the information on this years contest, including a real time contest traffic light. Photos and videos from the previous years will also be available.

The Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic is the only tow in contest on the North American continent and Oregon’s only professional surf event.

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. About TAOW-Productions TAOW is a modern marketing agency that builds authentic relationships between brands and their core user groups. Through their access and creativity, TAOW provides high-value experiential campaigns that are unlike traditional marketing solutions. For more information on TAOW Productions visit www.taowproductions.com or call (503) 228-1134.

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