10 Barrel Brewing’s 2017 Nelscott Reef Pro/Am

Holding Period Opens October 15th, 2017

60′ Nelscott Reef / Photo: WSL

Posted 9-27-17


LINCOLN CITY, Oregon / September 25th, 2017 / The premier big wave event at Nelscott Reef returns for the 2017/2018 big wave season as a Pro/Am event, presented by 10 Barrel Brewing. The Nelscott Pro/Am will bring some of the best big wave surfers from around the world, along with local big names in the field to compete in a single day’s competition.

Organizers are excited about this year, as the event has once again opened the invite list to include amateurs as well as professionals. After an overwhelming response to an initial call for interest, organizers, Adam Wagner and Gabe Smith decided to open the field to both. “I was a little surprised how many people wanted to be included this year. I knew it was going to be a good event this year, but we doubled the amount of interest from last year in just the first 24 hours of making the announcement. We are super excited with the diversity of the invite list”, said Gabe Smith.

The Arena / Photo: Matthew Marino

Nelscott Reef was also the first big wave event to include women, which helped pave the way for other big wave events to open their doors as well, including the World Surf League’s Big Wave Tour. The women will be invited back for the third time to compete at Nelscott Reef for 2017.

“We are announcing the main invite list now for both the men and women. Due to the unprecedented interest in the event, we have decided to try something different with the alternates for this year. 10 Barrel Brewing’s 2017 Nelscott Reef Pro-Am We will be holding a random drawing for the 10 alternates during our opening ceremony, which we will announce in the next coming days. We feel this is the best way to accommodate the additional 35+ qualified surfers who expressed interest in a fair, unbiased, and competitive manner”, said Wagner. In order to run the event, organizers are looking for 30’ or higher surf, with little to no wind and good visibility. Conditions like this are rare in the Pacific Northwest and only happen on a few days of the year, sometimes for just a few hours.

The event operates on a traffic light system, waiting for the right combination of weather and swell. Event Director, Adam Wagner, explains the system. “Red light means there is no potential swell in the near future. We will move to yellow if we see a developing system in the Pacific that looks like it will produce the right conditions. We will go to green with 72 hours notice to athletes and sponsors.

Jamie Sterling / Photo: Matthew Marino

We have a great team of forecasters, including our sponsor, Surfline, that have been running the event at Nelscott for the past 12 years and know the fickle characteristics of Oregon’s fall weather.” said Wagner. The organizers take the safety of the athletes very seriously and have brought in Eric Akiskalian from Towsurfer.com to help lead the team. Eric brings 15 years of experience at Nelscott Reef and knows all of the unique and logistical challenges to this spot better than anyone.

Water Safety and Crew / Photo: Richard Halman

“One of the biggest challenges we have is simply getting everyone out to the reef in a timely and safe manner. On big days, you just can’t paddle out thru the pounding beach break. You need a PWC assist, and even then, it takes a lot of jockeying around on a ski to punch through 20’ beach break.” said Akiskalian. “Once out there, we operate on a man on man basis, one ski for each surfer in the water. We have some of the best watermen in the world operating the skis, while constantly focusing on risk management and keeping everyone safe throughout the event.”

Nelscott Reef is the best big wave break in the Pacific Northwest, and its unique location 1/2 mile off the coast, makes it one of the most accessible. Athletes launch right from the beach and spectators can watch from the beach or on top of the cliffs in Lincoln City. For 10 Barrel Brewing’s 2017 Nelscott Reef Pro-Am those that can’t make it to Lincoln City on the day of the event, the team will be providing a live webcast.

We are thankful to each of our sponsors, as they make this event possible. This year’s sponsors include;

Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker / Photo: Richard Hallman

Title Sponsor: 
10 Barrel Brewing Co. 

Presenting Sponsors:
Chinook Winds Casino
Roby’s Furniture
Drone Age Media
Xtreme Amateur Games

Supporting Sponsors:
Big Sur Bar
Stay Covered
Quatic Apparel
Inn at Lincoln City
D’Sands Motel

Participating Sponsors:
Cleanline Surf Shop
Salmon River Contractors
The Coho Waterfront Lodge
Viso Energy Drink
Bella Beach Vacations
A Vista D’Mar
Bowers Trucking Co.
Gerber Tire
Yaquina Cab Co
Coldwell Banker
Zuhg Surf Shop
Otis Collective
Advantage Real Estate
Paul LaMont Contractor
Naked Winery
Olivia Beach
Sector 9

2017/18 Invite list includes Oregon crew, past years winners, and International competitors

Men’s Event:                                           
Jeremy Rasmussen – OR
Tony Perez – OR     
Tyler Cunningham – OR
Greg Long – CA        
Kohl Christenson – HI  
Alex Gray – CA      
Jamie Sterling – HI              
Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker – SA      
Andres Flores – DOM         
Jamie Mitchell – AUS            
Will Skudin – NY        
Cliff Skudin – NY  
Kealii Mamala – HI
Nick Lamb – CA
Travis Payne – CA
Collin Dwyer – CA
Trevor Sven-Carlson – HI
Rafael Tapia – CHI
Kai Lenny – HI
Christopher Mumford – CA
Andrew Cotton – UK
Hugo Vau – PORT
Lucas Chumbo – BRA
Landon McNamara – HI

Women’s Event:      
Easkey Britton – IRE
Emily Erickson – HI
Savannah Shaughnessy – CA   
Jamilah Star – CA
Bianca Valenti – CA
Paige Alms – HI
Sarah Gerdhart – CA
Andrea Moller – BRA
Silvia Nabuco – BRA
Justine Dupont – FRA
Nicole Pacelli – BRA
Keala Kennelly – HI

Wild Cards and Alternates: 

To Be Announced

Press Contact / Event Director:
Adam Wagner

Cover Photo:  Tony Perez / Richard Hallman

History Of Nelscott Reef

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