NELSCOTT REEF TOW CLASSIC by Behemoth Productions
Last December (2005), Nelscott Reef was the site
of the Pacific Northwest’s first tow -in
competition, and it was a pretty mind-blowing
event. Big, glassy peaks and long, clean lines delivered more
than anyone imagined possible during a narrow competition
window in the midst of generally-unruly Oregon winter.
This is a thorough look at the spot and the event. It begins
with the discovery and first attempt on the offshore reef by local
enthusiast John Forse, the first guest appearances by Peter Mel
and Adam Repogle in December of 2003, and a blow-by-blow of
last year’s event from “practice session” to final (won by the
team of Zack and Jake Wormhoudt).
Getting past the fact that most of the waves here are
caught with the assistance of a personal watercraft is easier
when you consider the reputed shark gangs wandering in the
neutral zone between the shorebreak and the big clean Lincoln
City, Oregon, peaks.
There is some real decent ripping, passable cinematography
(great aerial photography), trippy sound mix, killer whales
duck-diving, some l-o-n-g rides, athletes in fat suits (flotation
devices). It’s a weird world, ain’t it? A fun and fine-quality
effort, organized by contest producer Forse and sponsored by
the local Chinook Winds Casino resort. - DK