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2006 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic  


Raph Bruhwiler - Nelscott Tow In Classic, Dec 08, 2006 - Photo:Stephen Mayor
 
Raph Bruhwiler & Keith Malloy - Nelscott Tow In Classic, Dec 08, 2006 - Photo:Stephen Mayor
 

Keith Malloy - skiout - Nelscott Tow In Classic, Dec 08, 2006 - Photo:Stephen Mayor
 
skiout - Nelscott Tow In Classic, Dec 08, 2006 - Photo:Stephen Mayor
 

Raph Bruhwiler - Nelscott Tow In Classic, Dec 08, 2006 - Photo:Stephen Mayor
 
Raph Bruhwiler - Nelscott Tow In Classic, Dec 08, 2006 - Photo:Stephen Mayor
 

Keith Malloy - Nelscott Tow In Classic, Dec 08, 2006 - Photo:Stephen Mayor
 
Keith Malloy - Nelscott Tow In Classic, Dec 08, 2006 - Photo:Stephen Mayor
 

Keith Malloy - Nelscott Tow In Classic, Dec 08, 2006 - Photo:Stephen Mayor
 
Osh Bartlet & Mike Brummett - Nelscott Tow In Classic, Dec 08, 2006 - Photo:Stephen Mayor
 
Nelscott Tow In Classic 2006

This years Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic was a killer event. Just after the contest light turning green Tuesday afternoon we packed up and headed down the coast arriving in Lincoln City Oregon Thursday, the day before the contest. The reef was firing, there were about a dozen teams on it and all indications were that conditions would be even better tomorrow. The organizers pulled it off for a second year in a row, holding a big wave tow in contest at a reef that breaks only a few time a year. John Forse, Adam Wagner and crew gathered 42 competitors from around the globe, some of the worlds best big wave riders, in a small central Oregon coastal town, giving everyone only two days notice. Not only that they got the Pacific NW Judges crew, K3 Water Rescue, photographers and media, friends, family, sponsors and supporters all there to help make it a success. The real story though is the waves and the riders. The beach at daybreak was a mass of jet skis, surfboards, safety equipment and surfers. Teams were prepairing to head out though surging 5 meter shore-break to the reef 1K offshore where they were set to ride 30'+ faces. Twentyone two man teams negotiated the shore-break then surfed two 45min heats each taking turns, one team member towing the other surfing and then switching it up for their second heat. The scores of each surfers best two waves were added together and the five teams with the highest points moved on to the finals. The only Canadian in the contest Raph Bruhwiler was invited back following his seventh place finish in last years contest. This year he teamed up with his friend and fellow tow in surfer from Ventura CA Keith Malloy. Raph surfed early, in the second heat of the day, in great conditions, 30' + faces, amazing to witness and photograph. Kieth's heat was in the second round early in the afternoon when the tide seemed to be effecting the size and consistency of the waves. He still managed catch some bombs, get shacked, and help put the team in sixth place after the preliminaries, finishing only .03 points out of the final. They were happy with how they surfed and pleased with the results. Upon heading down to the beach to pack their skis and gear when they found out that one of the teams in the finals bowed out, they were bumped in. The tide had dropped and the reef was once again firing. They towed each other into some truly amazing waves 'til just before dark. Completely exhausted they had moved up two spots finishing in forth place and in the money. Raph said that he would work a little harder next year hoping to improve again on this years great finish. I was grateful to be part of it, shooting all day, doing what I love to do. Enjoy the pix.

Stephen Mayor
Stephen Mayor Photographic

Jeff Clark heli - Nelscott Tow In Classic, Dec 08, 2006 - Photo:Stephen Mayor
 
Jeff Clark - insidebomb - Nelscott Tow In Classic, Dec 08, 2006 - Photo:Stephen Mayor
 
inside bottomturn - Nelscott Tow In Classic, Dec 08, 2006 - Photo:Stephen Mayor
 
Garrett Macnamara - finals - Nelscott Tow In Classic, Dec 08, 2006 - Photo:Stephen Mayor
 

Raph Bruhwiler - Dec 07, 2006 Annual Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic practice runs - Photo:Stephen Mayor
 
Raph Bruhwiler - Dec 07, 2006 Annual Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic practice runs - Photo:Stephen Mayor
 
Raph Bruhwiler - Dec 07, 2006 Annual Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic practice runs - Photo:Stephen Mayor
 
Raph Bruhwiler - Dec 07, 2006 Annual Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic practice runs - Photo:Stephen Mayor
 
a few shots from the practice runs [Dec 07]. Raph said 25' faces, the swell report was 11' at 16 sec, todays forcast 18' at 17sec, he estimated 33' faces. First heat starts at 7:45 the first set of competitors should be offloading their ski now, in the dark. Raphs partner is Keith Malloy, their first heat should go at 8:05.
Photos by Stephen Mayor

2nd Annual Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic Goes Big!
by Adam Wagner

December 9, 2006

Lincoln City, OR – Pro surfers from around the globe converged on the small coastal town of Lincoln City, OR on Friday to ride some of the largest waves on the West Coast. The 2006 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic, presented by Liquid Militia and the Nelscott Reef Surf Shop, was held Friday December 8th in perfect 30-40’ conditions. The day long contest started just after 8 AM and the finals were finished 5 minutes after sunset. The winds held off all day, making for glassy conditions for the entire event.

After months of planning, and nearing the end of their 3 month holding period, Behemoth, LLC, the contest promoters, turned on the green light on Tuesday, Dec. 5th. “We wanted to give everyone a few extra days to get here. We knew we had the swell and the weather, it was just a little iffy on the winds”, said organizer Adam Wagner. The winds were forecasted as 20-25 mph from the East (offshore). However, on the Friday morning, it seems that was the only part of the forecast that was wrong. The swell was pumping, the ocean glassy, and 30 Waverunners lined the beach ready to compete for the $20,000 purse.

The Nelscott Reef contest has a non traditional format in that there are no elimination rounds leading up to a final. This non-elimination format is focused on letting the contestants get the maximum amount of time in the water. Each team competes in two 45 minute heats, in which each member surfs the entire heat. The top two waves from each heat are combined to get the final scores. The five teams with the highest score move directly to the finals, which consisted of two 25 minute heats.

The field was stacked with the best names in big wave surfing from the West Coast of the US, Hawaii, Australia, South Africa, and Canada, which made for an exciting day of surfing.

The final results are as follows:

  1. First Place ($7,000): Garrett McNamara and Kealii Mamala
  2. Second Place ($4,000): Brad Gerlach and Mike Parsons
  3. Third Place ($3,000): Adam Replogle and Alistair Craft
  4. Fourth Place ($2,000): Raph Bruhwiler and Keith Malloy
  5. Fifth Place ($1,000): Greg Long and Rusty Long

The K38 MVP Award ($600) was given to Vince Collier after all of the contestants unanimously voted him the MVP of the contest. For many of the folks in the contest, Collier is an idol. Jeff Clark pointed out that Vince was one of the first guys to surf Mavericks with him.

“We thought there was no way were going to beat last year’s contest, which went off in near perfect conditions and 20’+ waves”, said event organizer, John Forse. “But somehow, mother nature smiled on us with incredibly glassy 30-40’ surf all day. Combine that with the high caliber of talent that showed up, and we had an unbelievable day of big wave surfing”.

The Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic is Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic is Nelscott Reef Oregon’s only Professional Surfing Contest and one of only a handful of Tow In Contests globally. For more information on the Nelscott Contest visit 2006 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic

This year’s complete list of competitors were as follows:

2006 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic Roster:

  • Zach Wormhoudt/Twiggy Baker
  • Shane Desmond/Tyler Fox
  • Peter Mel/Anthony Tashnick
  • Osh Bartlett/Mike Brummett
  • Adam Replogle/Alistair Craft
  • Vince Broglio/Richard Schmidt
  • Raph Bruhwiler/Keith Malloy
  • Nacho Lopez/Troy Virostko
  • Josh Mulcoy/Stan Meurer
  • Ross Clarke-Jones/Paul Patterson
  • Shawn “Barney” Barron/Daryl “Flea” Virostko
  • Greg Long/Rusty Long
  • Andrew Kell/Ed Guzman
  • Garrett McNamara/Kealii Mamala
  • Homer Henard/Matt Rockhold
  • Brett Hudson/Jeff Kafka
  • Brad Gerlach/Mike Parsons
  • Davey Smith/Paul Schulte
  • Matt Ambrose/Shaun Rhodes
  • Nathan Fletcher/Vince Collier
  • Jeff Clark/Chris Bertish

» Oregon Big-Wave Contest Goes Off - surfline.com

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