Lincoln City, Oregon hosted the Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic this past Saturday, February 2nd, 2013 sponsored by SportsGuard. Big Wave World Tour Champion, Jamie Sterling (HAW) took first place at the event in clean surff 15-30ft.
“Jamie Sterling stepped it up during the Final and collected two excellent scores, a 9 (best wave doubled) and 8.5 to receive a total of 26.5 our of 30,” said the BWWT.
The pre-contest meeting for the event involved contest organizers, John Forse (contest director), Gary Linden (director of the BWWT), competitors and staff to discuss operations, judging criteria and start time for maximizing peak swell conditions for the contest.
Saturday morning began with clear skies and glassy conditions as Ian Wallace, Haley Fiske and Drew Brophy delivered a SUP exhibition and served as the test pilots to decide when to start the Big Wave World Tour event. Although a slow start, the first heat of the day began at 11:15am with waves in the 25-30ft face range in perfect conditions. Some of the best big wave surfers in the world were paddling out to display their modern approach to the sport and put on an excellent show.
“After missing last year for the first time in seven years due to lack of swell/conditions, Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic came through in a big way to make #8 the lucky number.” said contest director John Forse.
Competitors were splitting peaks as Nelscott reef offered beautiful a-frames. Standouts in Round 1 of competition included: Gabriel Villaran, Grant Washburn, Ben Wilkinson and Ben Andrews.
The semifinal heats saw a quick increase in size as these athletes battled for spots in the final round of competition. With just 1.5 hours of sunlight left in the day, the final heat began at 4:15pm with the largest and most critical waves of the day.
Nic Lamb and Rusty Long battled it out in the South Reef Bomb exhibition, both exchanging many great waves in the 30ft face range. Ultimately, Rusty Long was given the winning spot after approval by both fans and athletes.
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