- 17 April 2010 | Surfing
Behemoth, LLC is proud to announce that the 2010 contest will be a paddle in event and will be part of the Big Wave World Tour. After 5 years of operating as a Tow In focused event, the contest will now become a paddle in big wave surfing event.
The Big Wave World Tour will include Nelscott Reef as one of its stops for the 2010 season.
The Big Wave World Tour is the brainchild of legendary big wave surfer, Gary Linden of Oceanside, California. After 20 years of being Contest Director and Organizer of big wave events all over the world, Gary’s company, Rogue Wave Events, has formed the world’s first big wave tour, with events in Chile, Peru, Mexico, and California. 2010 will be the second season for the tour, which will grow from 4 events to 5, including Nelscott Reef.
The Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic was started as a Tow In surfing contest in 2005. For the first three years the event operated as a tow in only contest and in 2008 added a paddle in heat as a test to see if the pros could paddle Nelscott.
Everyone caught waves and agreed Nelscott was a great paddle in venue. In response to the demand to paddle, the organizers added a second heat the following year. The Paddle In event in 2009 proved to be the most popular, with the pros and fans alike prompting the expansion of the Paddle In to a full 24 man, 7 heat event for the 2010 contest.
“This was a natural progression for us”, said John Forse, event founder and Nelscott Pioneer. “I was so stoked that for the second year in a row all the pros were more excited about the challenge of paddling into huge waves than towing in. This year we listened and changed the format to accommodate them”.
Having run every year since the first contest in 2005, the Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic is now the longest continuously running big wave event in the World.
While other big wave events have stopped and started due to lack of contestable surf, adequate purse or organizational problems, Nelscott Reef organizers have managed to provide the perfect venue and overcome budget shortfalls every year to become the most consistent big wave contest in the world.
The Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic is honored and proud be a part of the Big Wave World Tour and promote big wave surfing internationally.