Lincoln City welcomed the top big wave surfers in the world for a building swell at Nelscott Reef today for the Dive N’ Surf Oregon Pro. For the first time in history, the best female big wave chargers competed in the Xpreshon Big Wave World Tour event in the first heat of the day. Bianca Valenti (USA), Andrea Moller (BRA), Keala Kennelly (HAW), Jamilah Star (USA), Savannah Shaughnessy (USA), Paige Alms (HAW), Wrenna Delgado (USA) and Mercedes Maidana (ARG) put on excellent performances at 9:00 am this morning.
Following the first ever Women’s Super Heat, the 24 invited male competitors kicked off the event at 11am in 25-30ft conditions. By 5pm, the field was narrowed down to Alex Gray (USA), Shawn Dollar (USA), Kohl Christensen (HAW), Grant Twig Baker (ZAF), Will Skudin (USA), and Anthony Tashnick (USA) in the final one-hour heat. California native, Alex Gray, came out on top to win during his Big Wave World Tour debut.
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Gray took care of business early in the heat when he locked down a perfect 10.00 ride. The South Bay native later posted a 7.17, giving him the backup score he needed to hold his first place position throughout the rest of the heat. Although this was his first BWWT event ever, Gray proved himself amongst a talented lineup of competitors and was honored as the Dive N’ Surf Oregon Pro 2014 Champion.
“Body Glove and Dive N’ Surf are very proud of Alex and his win today and want to congratulate all the surfers involved in a successful event,” said Robbie Meistrell, CEO of Body Glove.
Nelscott Reef offered up great waves in the 30ft range for the DIVE N’ SURF Oregon Pro all day and allowed the world’s best big wave Men and Women to challenge the reef for an international audience via a Live HD Webcast and Live National Television coverage of the Men’s final thanks to our media partners – Universal Sports Network.
Alex Gray earned himself a beer shower from fellow BWWT competitors. Photo: Surf Channel | Shannon Quirk
“Today was an epic event with excellent waves, we could not have asked for better conditions. Everyone worked as a team, the surfers looked out for one another and the water patrol did an excellent job of keeping our competitors safe,” said Gary Linden, Director of the Xpreshon Big Wave World Tour.
- Andrea Moller (BRA) was leading the event until the last moments of the Women’s Super Heat, dropping in on some of the biggest sets of the day for a runner-up result. Photo: Universal Sports Network
With two high scores of an 8.50 and 6.83, 28-year-old Bianca Valenti from Dana Point, California took home the title for the women and made history as the first female Big Wave World Tour Champion.
“We would like to specially thank our official surf forecasters at Surfline for giving us the detailed analysis to run such a great event in Lincoln City, Oregon. Additional thanks go out to all of our sponsors who made this event possible, Dive N’ Surf, Xpreshon, Body Glove, Body Glove Surge, The Surf Channel, Redondo Beach Board of Tourism and American Wave Machine, the City of Lincoln City, Chinook Winds Casino and Resort and Ninkasi Brewing Company for supply the prize purse for the Women.”
Here is the official Xpreshon Big Wave World Tour Title Race scenario after the 5th stop, Dive N’ Surf Oregon Pro.
|Grant “Twiggy” Baker||SOUTH AFRICA||2,459.00|
|Ken “Skindog” Collins||USA||1,140.13|