The LLC changed the Nelscott Reef Tow-In Classic contest status back to red after a week of monitoring the first big swell of the season. A large swell was forecast for Saturday, but unfortunately, the wind did not want to cooperate.
Although the holding period for the 2008 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic began on October 1st, Good swell and wind combinations usually start in November. Saturday’s forecast called for a 15-foot swell at 16 seconds, similar to previous years contest conditions. The wind was forecast at 10-15 MPH out of the North, which is just too much wind to hold the event. It ended up being the right call, as Saturday’s swell came with the associated wind out of the North, making for solid surf for a short while in the morning. The wind picked up as forecast, and blew out the conditions quickly.
“We are looking for a solid swell with offshore winds for the event. This was just too much wind, from the wrong direction, to call the event”, said John Forse, event organizer. “We have lots of time left in the holding period, so I am sure we will have a better opportunity coming up”.
Some pros, anticipating the swell, however, were not disappointed in making their trip up to Oregon. Although it wasn’t a contest day, they towed a central coast slab near Nelscott, that had been originally paddled by John Forse and Brian Wichener in the 90's, and left untouched until the recent towsurfing explosion. Heavy sub-sea level pits were had by Greg Long, Mike Parsons, Mark Healy, and Garrett McNamara, as well as a lot of sick wipeouts. One excruciating fall in particular sent hellman Garrett to the emergency room to get patched up after his encounter with the reef.
Founded by Lincoln City resident and Nelscott Pioneer, John Forse, the Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic has always been a grass roots organization. Without the support of the local community and our sponsors, the event would have folded after the first year. The Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic is now the longest consistently running tow in contest in the world.
The three-month holding period began October 1 and continues through December 31, 2008. A 48-hour notice will be given when the event is called. Nelscottreef.com has all the latest information on event status. The Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic is the only tow in contest on the North American continent and Oregon’s only professional surf event.