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2007 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic Oct 01 - Dec 31, 2007  


Nelscott Reef, Jan 14, 2008 - Photo:Justin Myers

Nelscott Reef, Jan 14, 2008 - Photos:Justin Myers
Nelscott Reef, Jan 14, 2008 - Photo:Justin Myers

NELSCOTT REEF TOW IN CLASSIC GOES OFF
Jan/14/2008

Adam Replogle and Alistair Craft pull off the win in 40 foot perfection LINCOLN CITY, Oregon, January 14, 2007 – The third annual Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic was held this weekend in perfect conditions off the Oregon Coast. Waves as high as 40 feet slammed the Oregon coast under sunny skies and windless conditions.

Behemoth LLC, the contest organizers made the call last week to run the contest on Friday January 11, based on favorable forecasts from Friday and again on Sunday. John Forse, quickly becoming known for his ability to call the contest on the perfect day, made the right call.

"When we woke up on Friday, the ocean was small and very windy, basically a worse case scenario", said Forse. "Everyone was antsy, and we told them to hang tough it is going to get good." And he was right on. By 1PM, the wind had died and the ocean had come up. By the time the event started at 1:45, the waves were well over 35 feet and still getting larger.

"One set came through that was easily 50 to 60 feet on the faces", said Shawn Alladio, the head of the K-38 safety crew. There was only enough time in the afternoon to hold the first round of heats, with the rest of the event on hold until Sunday morning. Right on cue, the ocean came alive at first light on Sunday, along with the rarely seen Oregon winter sun. For the second day, the contest was blessed with solid 40-foot waves and no wind. Also adding to the excitement of the second day was the sighting of an unwelcome spectator, a great white shark, in the lineup. Luckily, he was just watching. Making it to the finals this year were 2 Brazilian teams, Yuri Soledade/Rodrigo Resende, and Eraldo Gueiros/ Everaldo Pato. Also in the finals were the teams of Adam Replogle/Alistair Craft, Osh Bartlett/Tyler Fox, and Homer Henard/Matt Nelscott Reef Goes Off in 40 foot perfection Rockhold. It was a close finals, especially after Yuri Soledade’s crazy barrel on a monster scored a 9.5. But it wasn’t enough to hold off the years of experience Adam

Replogle and Alistair Craft have at Nelscott. The results are as follows:

  • First Place (44.75) $7500.00 Adam Replogle and Alistair Craft
  • Second Place (44.58) $5000.00 Yuri Soledade and Rodrigo Resende
  • Third Place (41.45) $2500.00 Eraldo Gueiros and Everaldo Pato
  • Fourth Place (39.77) $1500.00 Osh Bartlett and Tyler Fox
  • Fifth Place (38.63) $1000.00 Homer Henard and Matt Rockhold

It was a busy weekend for big wave events. Nelscott was called for Friday, Mavericks was called for Saturday, and The Eddie Aikau was on hold for Sunday, all forecasted with large swell. In the end, Forse called it right, with Oregon receiving the perfect combination of wind, weather, and the largest waves of the weekend. Organizers would like to thank the Chinook Winds Casino, Fringe Clothing, Liquid Militia, Banquet, The Westshore Motel, The Anchor Inn, Tao Productions, Nelscott Reef Surf Shop, Roots Brewery, K38 Rescue, Oregon Sports Authority, Tanger Outlet Mall, Legacy Films, and all the others that helped out with the event. Photos of the event will be posted shortly on the web page at www.nelscottreef.org. The Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic is the only tow in contest on the North American continent and Oregon’s only professional surf event. It is also

NELSCOTT REEF TOW IN CLASSIC GETS GREEN LIGHT
Contest is a go for Friday January 11th, 2008

LINCOLN CITY, Oregon, January 8, 2007 – Behemoth LLC changed the contest status today to green as a large swell is forecast for Friday January 11, 2008. The third annual Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic will be held in Lincoln City, OR on this Friday.

It looks as if the decision to extend the holding period until March 31st was a good one. The forecast for Friday calls for light winds out of the SSE, and a long period swell. The swell will build throughout the day peaking at 20’ at 18 seconds.

"This is the first real swell of the season that is not combined with hurricane force winds. It should be bigger than the past two years, which were held in 14’ and 16’ swells", said contest founder John Forse.

The Nelscott Reef Tow in Classic operates under a three month holding period. Forse is looking for the right combination of swell and wind – large swell and light or no winds. On the few days a year that these conditions occur, the waves at Nelscott Reef can be epic.

Usually plagued with short lived swells, The Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic is looking at 3 days of solid waves. The swell should remain in the 20’ range through Sunday afternoon, allowing a little breathing room for the contest organizers. If conditions do not pan out on Friday, the contest will be pushed to Saturday or Sunday. Either way, the contest will be held this weekend.

Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic Extends Holding Period To March 31st, 2008

Lincoln City, OR, December 28, 2007 – Behemoth, LLC announces that it will extend the holding period for the 2007 event through March 31st, 2008. The holding period of October 1 through December 31st will be extended due to poor conditions this fall in Oregon. It also has changed the status to yellow, as several storms approach the coast.

The Pacific Northwest has been plagued with poor weather conditions this fall. Primarily due to a La Nina weather pattern, the area received its fair share of huge swell events this fall, but each of these storms was accompanied by very strong winds. Lincoln City, OR saw two separate storms with wind topping 100 MPH.

"Due to La Nina, we did not have the dominant high pressure that usually blesses the Northwest this time of year. We have spoken with all the competitors and sponsors, and they all agreed that we should extend the holding period", said event founder John Forse.

Contest status has been changed to yellow as there are several storms lined up off the coast that are forecasted to produce large swells for next week. These storms could coincide with a brief window of predicted offshore winds to produce contestable conditions. Check the website for the latest details on contest status.

The Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic, now in its third year, has held its previous 2 events in near perfect conditions. They are looking for a combination of no wind (or offshore wind), large swell above 15 feet, and long duration period. This combination creates very large perfect waves off the Oregon Coast.

Although there were no conditions this fall that were contestable, Behemoth has had a very productive fall. The extra time has allowed them to devote some resources to completing a documentary they are producing. The Find, Claiming Nelscott Reef, is a feature length film focused on the opportunities, opposition, and potential conflicts surrounding the discovery of a new surf break, such as Nelscott Reef. A web site has been set up for the film and includes a 5-minute preview. Please check www.nelscottreefthemovie.com for more information.

This fall, John Forse also found a new location for the Nelscott Reef Surf Shop/contest headquarters. The shop is now located at 4235 SW Highway 101 in Lincoln City, OR, one block south of Spanish Head. The bigger space will allow for more selection and the location is easier to access then the previous shop.

The contest holding period will be extended through the end of March 2008. For additional information, please visit www.nelscottreef.org.


Nelscott Back to red status

Nov/11/2007: Well, the forecast crapped out on us again. The swell that was forecast to start on Tuesday looks smaller than originally hoped for, although still has some size to it. The problem is the wind. The offshores that we had hoped for on Tuesday are now forecast for Wednesday. Tuesday looks too windy with gusts to 25 knots forecast. So John has decided to go back to red status, as there really isn’t anything on the immediate horizon that looks contestable. We are not even 1/2 way through the holding period, so there is still plenty of opportunity ahead of us. The first 2 years were held on the same weekend in December. Stay tuned for the next opportunity.

Status Changes to Yellow as Monster Swell is forecast

LINCOLN CITY, Oregon, October 8, 2007 – Behemoth LLC changed the contest status today to yellow as a large swell is forecast to arrive early next week. A yellow status means there is a large swell forecast that is being monitored for potential contest conditions. The status change marks the second status change of the holding period.

A very large swell is being forecast to hit the Oregon coast on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. The most current forecast is calling for 20’ + swell, which could equate to 40-50’ or higher waves breaking on the reef.

"At this point, swell and wind look favorable for contestable conditions", said John Forse, contest director. "The swell looks like it has enough size, but like any large swell that comes ashore in Oregon, wind is the wildcard. As of today, wind is forecast to be light offshore, and if it holds, could be a set up for excellent waves at Nelscott."

The Nelscott Reef Tow in Classic operates under a three month holding period. Forse is looking for the right combination of swell and wind – large swell and light or no winds. On the few days a year that these conditions occur, the waves at Nelscott Reef can be epic.

The forecasted swell arrives at a perfect time, coinciding with a scheduled water safety class offered by Shawn Alladio and K38 Rescue. The class is open to anyone that is interested. It is a 2 day class focused on water safety and rescue for waverunner operators. Although the course is geared toward tow surfers, Shawn will teach water rescue in big wave conditions, which will benefit anyone operating a PWC in open ocean conditions. There is limited space and registration is required. Please e-mail k38rescue@aol.com for information.

Nelscott Reef’s web page has all the latest information and updates, as well as a real time traffic light for contest status. Visit www.nelscottreef.org for all the latest information.

The Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic is the only tow in contest on the North American continent and Oregon’s only professional surf event. It is also the only tow in contest to be certified carbon free by Carbonfund.org.


LINCOLN CITY, Oregon, October 12, 2007 – Behemoth LLC changed the contest status today to yellow as a large swell is forecast to arrive mid week. A yellow status means there is a large swell forecast that is being monitored for potential contest conditions. The status change marks the first large swell of the year for the Pacific Northwest.

A large swell is being forecast to hit the Oregon coast in the middle of next week. The current track has the swell starting to come ashore on Wednesday and should stay solid for a few days. The most current forecast is calling for 25’ + swell, which could equate to 50’ or higher waves breaking on the reef.

"This is definitely a huge swell", said John Forse, contest director. "Right now it looks like there will be too much wind for us to realistically call the contest, but there are still a few days to see what is going to happen. I would love to call the contest in a swell this large if I could, but the wind is the real issue right now."

This is the third year for the Nelscott Reef contest. The first year was held in a 14 foot swell, and last year, Forse called it with a 17 foot swell. Both years had perfect contest conditions with offshore winds all day.

"Everyone is stoked for this year’s event. We have a great team put together, extremely generous sponsors, and some of the best surfers on the planet", said Forse’s partner, Adam Wagner. "John knows the reef better than anyone and we know he won’t call the contest unless it is an epic day."

The Nelscott Reef web page has recently been re-designed. It is temporarily located at www.nelscottreef.org , as final touches are being added. Check it out for up to date information and contest status.


HOLDING PERIOD OPENS FOR 3rd ANNUAL NELSCOTT REEF TOW IN CLASSIC

Three Month Holding Period Marks the Beginning of the Pacific Big Wave Season

LINCOLN CITY, Oregon, October 1st, 2007 – The holding period for the 2007 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic opens today. The holding period opens October 1 and extends through December 31st 2007. Contest organizers, Behemoth LLC, will be monitoring swell and weather conditions and will offer a 48 hour notice when conditions look optimal. The Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic requires a large swell with little or no wind in order to hold the contest.

Fall is typically the best season for surf in the Pacific Northwest. Strong sub-tropical storms begin to form in the North Pacific, pushing large swells toward the coast of Oregon. Unlike the winter months, when rain and wind plague the area, the fall is usually marked by a dominant high pressure over the entire Pacific Northwest, which pushes the storms north, but allows the swells to make a direct hit in Oregon. The results of the proper weather and swell combination are awe-inspiring perfect waves with faces up to 50 feet.

Conditions like that are just what John Forse, Adam Wagner, and Jim Kusz, Behemoth, LLC partners, are looking for. The last 2 years couldn’t have worked out better. Patience and local knowledge of the reef allowed Forse to call the contest on the best days of the year.

"We are hoping that we can hold the contest in conditions as perfect as the past two years. La Nina presents an opportunity for more frequent and larger swells, but could also pose the risk of losing the protection of our high pressure early, which would result in more wind. All we can do is monitor the conditions and hope for the best", said John Forse.


COMPETITOR LINE UP ANNOUNCED FOR THE 3rd ANNUAL NELSCOTT REEF TOW IN CLASSIC

Enormous Waves & Premier Event To Once Again Attract
The Greatest Surfing Competitors From Around The World

2007 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic - Lincoln City, OR - Oct 01 - Dec 31, 2007

LINCOLN CITY, Oregon, September 18th, 2007 – Behemoth LLC and TAOW Productions today announced the line up for the upcoming 2007 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic. The competition will take place in Lincoln City, Oregon, sometime between October 1 and December 31. As traditional for such "big wave" competitions, the exact date of the event will depend upon wave conditions, which will be continually monitored during the holding period. Once maximum wave conditions are observed, competitors and fans will have 48 hours notice to arrive.

"We have some of the greatest tow surfers from around the world on board for this years event," said John Forse, event organizer. "The competition will be fierce with a line up as stacked as we have for 2007."

Now in its third year, the Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic was able to put together a who’s who of big wave surfing. The field has also expanded international boundaries, with competitors coming from Australia, South Africa, Morocco, Brazil, and the US.

Oregon is well represented this year, as well. Dave Mcgill and Joel Smith are coming from Seaside, OR. Skiz Doudt was born and raised on the Oregon coast and is partnered with Hawaii Chava Greenlee. Kenny Doudt, Skiz’s father, the survivor of a brutal shark attack in Cannon Beach, OR, recently passed away doing what he loved best, surfing in Hawaii.

There are many returning faces as well. The winners of the 2005 contest, Zach and Jake Wormhoudt will be back as partners this year, after a broken foot separated them the during practice for the 2006 event. Garrett McNamara and Kealii Mamala, 2006 contest winners, will the defending their title as well. Other world-class competitors will include such teams as Brad Gerlach and Mike Parsons, Adam Replogle and Alistair Craft, Raph Bruhwiler and Keith Malloy, Greg and Rusty Long, as well as Ross Clarke-Jones, Twiggy Baker, Jeff Clark and Peter Mel. See below for complete list of invites and alternates.

The holding period for the 2007 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic starts October 1 and extends through the end of December. Contest organizers closely monitor weather conditions, swell size and direction, and storm activity to try to determine the best combination of wind, weather, and swell. Contestant will be given 48 hours notice to drop everything and get to Lincoln City, OR.

"We have had two years of calling the contest on the best days of they year", said John Forse. "Meteorologists are calling for a La Nina year, which could mean a greater frequency of storms, but more potential for high winds and rain associated with them. Hopefully, this year will be bigger than last".

The Nelscott Reef web page is being re-designed and should be launched in conjunction with the start of the holding period. For more information visit www.nelscottreef.com . For sponsorship opportunities, contact Taow Productions www.taowproductions.com.

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

2007 Main Invite List:

  1. Shane Desmond (N.Cal) Tyler Fox (N.Cal)
  2. Adam Replogle (N.Cal) Alistair Craft (N.Cal)
  3. Garrett McNamara (HAW) Kealii Mamala (HAW)
  4. Raph Bruhwiler (CAN) Keith Malloy (S.Cal)
  5. Zach Wormhoudt (N.Cal) Jake Wormhoudt (N.Cal)
  6. Ross Clarke-Jones (AUS) TBD
  7. Brad Gerlach (S.Cal) Mike Parsons (S.Cal)
  8. Jeff Clark (N.Cal) Chris Bertish (S. Africa)
  9. Peter Mel (N.Cal) Ryan Augustine (N.Cal)
  10. Greg Long (S.Cal) Rusty Long (S.Cal)
  11. Twiggy Baker (S. Africa) TBD
  12. Russel Smith (N.Cal) Tyler Smith (N.Cal)
  13. Steve Nichols (N.Cal) Ali Ben Hammou (Morocco)
  14. Dave Mcgill (Oregon) Joel Smith (Oregon)
  15. Danilo Cuoto (Brazil) Rodrigo Resende (Brazil)
  16. Skiz Doudt (Oregon/HAW) Chava Greenlee (HAW)
  17. Pablo Schulte (S.Cal) Davey Smith (S.Cal)
  18. Vince Broglio (N.Cal) Richard Schmidt (N.Cal)
  19. Osh Bartlett (N.Cal) Anthony Ruffo (N.Cal)
  20. Josh Mulcoy (N.Cal) Stan Meurer (N.Cal)

2007 Alternates:

  1. Carlos Burle (Brazil) Eraldo Gueros (Brazil)
  2. Dan Moore (HAW) John Anderson (HAW)
  3. Mike Brummett (N.Cal) Chris Brown (S.Cal)
  4. Makua Rothman (HAW) Ikaika Kalama (HAW)
  5. Brett Hudson (N.Cal.) Jeff Kofka (N.Cal)
  6. Homer Henard (N.Cal) Matt Rockhold (N. Cal)
  7. Matt Ambrose (N.Cal) Shawn Rhodes (N.Cal)
  8. Ramone Navarro (Chile) Danny Fry (Chile)
  9. John Gangini (HAW) Yuri Soledad (HAW)

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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