Two Large Swells on Tap For Pacific Northwest
LLC changed the contest status to Green as a large swell is forecast for the coming weekend. The 2008 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic will be held Sunday November, 30th.
(Photo: Richard Hallman – Freelance Imaging)
This marks the second time this year that the status has changed – the first was a change to yellow in October, as an early swell marked watching. That swell ended up having too much wind from the wrong direction. After watching the forecast closely over the past few days, John Forse decided to make the call this morning.
“There are two storms on tap – the first looks to be plagued with bad wind, but the second looks to be a long duration swell with offshore winds”, said John Forse, event organizer.
The current forecast has the first swell arriving on Friday November 28 with a swell size of 14 feet at 14 seconds. The wind looks pretty bad, but then cleans up on Saturday and Sunday. The forecast for Sunday is for 15-foot swell at 18 seconds and winds are out of the east. This should make for some epic conditions on the Oregon Coast.
The contest has a 3-month holding period, October 1 through December 31st, during which a 48-hour notice is given for contest green light. Since this is a Holiday week, and a consistent forecast for good conditions for Sunday, Forse decided to make the call early. Forse wanted to give competitors, media, sponsors, and spectators as much time as possible to get up to Oregon.
The swell and weather conditions look to excellent for the first Nelscott Reef paddle in contest. There will be a one-hour heat before the finals, where surfers will be competing for the biggest wave of the heat.
The following teams are confirmed and looking forward to coming to Lincoln City Oregon for the fourth annual event.