January 9th, 2008 | by Ian Gillingham News | Posted In: CLEAN UP

Surf 'Sup: Nelscott Reef is ON!

     
Tags: Outdoors
Nelscott Reef '06 (photo by Richard Hallman)
Calling all giant riders: Thanks to a big swell on the way, the Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic, Oregon's only professional surf event, is on for this Friday in Lincoln City. With 20-footers expected throughout the weekend, this could be the biggest and best yet. Go to the event website or see the press release below for more info.

Here's what it looked like in '06:

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Here's the word from the organizers:
NELSCOTT REEF TOW IN CLASSIC GETS GREEN LIGHT
Contest is a go for Friday January 11th, 2008

LINCOLN CITY, Oregon, January 8, 2008 – 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's web page has all the latest information and updates, as well as a real time traffic light for contest status, which is now showing green. 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.

[Image from Nelscott Classic '06 by Richard Hallman, www.nelscottreef.org]
 
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