2009 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic

Today marks the opening of the holding period for the 2009 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic and Big Wave Paddle In.  The holding period opens today and extends through December 31, 2009.  Organizers will be monitoring the conditions and will give 48 hours notice when the decision to hold the event is made.

As is tradition with big wave contests, the Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic follows an open holding period and traffic light system.  This allows organizers to monitor surf conditions and have the flexibility to hold the event in the best possible conditions.  In Oregon, these conditions occur a couple of times a year and create a massive wave, which has been called one of the best high performance big waves in the world.

This is the fifth year for the Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic.  The event has been held an unprecedented 4 out of 4 years, and organizers are hoping to continue the trend.

“Weather is always unpredictable.  I think we have been lucky for the past few years, but then again, it just shows how consistent this wave breaks up here”, said John Forse, event founder.

Once thought to be a tow in only wave, the 2008 contest proved that people could paddle in at Nelscott.  The paddle in will continue this year with the Liquid Militia Paddle In Exhibition, as well as an additional paddle in element.  This year, the event expands with the addition of a Kingfish award, a combination of tow in and paddle in scores.


Surf Aid

SurfAid has launched an Emergency Response Appeal to help the people of Padang who were hit by a huge earthquake (7.6 on the Richter scale) on Wednesday 30 September.

Our Program Director, Dr David Lange, narrowly escaped death as he fled the Ambacang Hotel, which then collapsed, killing many and trapping others.

Many buildings have been destroyed with people caught underneath the rubble.  There is a report that schoolchildren are still trapped underneath three schools.  One hospital is destroyed and another so badly damaged that staff are working in tents outside. Doctors used car headlights and torches to operate on the injured overnight.


Surfing in Panama | Photo: CanasDelSolPanama.comSurfing in Panama | Photo: CanasDelSolPanama.com

A successful meeting between ISA President, Fernando Aguerre and Panamanian Minister of Tourism, Mr. Salomón Shamah was held during the Billabong ISA World Surfing Games in Costa Rica. Shamah showed a great deal of interest in letting the surfing community know that Panama is a “Surfing friendly” country. The campaign has already begun with an initiative by Panama´s main airline, COPA Airlines, by not charging extra fees for surfboards on most of their flights.

The promotion “Bring your Surfboard for Free to Panama,” runs between September 15 - November 15, 2009. It will resume on March 1, 2010 and run through May 30, 2010.

One board bag with a maximum of two boards inside is allowed per person on flights coming from the United States of America (Los Angeles, Orlando, Miami, Washington, and New York), Brazil (Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte, and Manaus) and Costa Rica (San José).