Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic: the power of Oregon

Jamie Sterling has conquered the 2013 Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic. The Hawaiian wave rider had tough opponents to beat.


At 31, Jamie Sterling has a great big wave surfing career ahead. In Lincoln City, Oregon, he was able to make the most out of the 24- to 30-foot faces breaking off the coast.

"I had a good feeling I was in the top three. I felt good about the waves that I caught in the final. But you never know until they announce it, so it was about two to three hours of suspense," said Sterling.

The winner was followed by a group of experienced big wave surfers. The silver medal went to Greg Long, from San Clemente. Gabriel Villaran took third, Aaron Ungerleider was forth, Joao De Macedo kept fifth and Ben Wilkinson was sixth.

The 2012/2013 Big Wave World Tour title has already a winner. Greg Long has collected enough points to be unofficially declared champion, but there's one challenge ahead, still: the Todos Santos Big Wave Event, in Baja, Mexico.

2013 Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic:

1. Jamie Sterling, Hawaii
2. Greg Long, San Clemente
3. Gabriel Villaran, Peru
4. Aaron Ungerleider, Hawaii
5. Joao De Macedo, Portugal
6. Ben Wilkinson, Australia