If you’re in the mood to ride some sweet waves this season, you’re in luck! The 3rd Annual Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic is expected to take place during November or December of 2007, depending on swells. Check their website, www.nelscottreef.org for up-to-date information on when the contest will be taking place. And be sure to look for the following “traffic light” symbols:

Red light= no contest is expected in the near future

Yellow light= a swell has been forecasted, and is being tracked. Be on the lookout for the green light, which signifies 48 hours notice before the contest begins.

Green light= Contest will be taking place within 48 hours

Nelscott Reef’s Tow In Classic is the only professional tow in contest on the North American continent and one of only 2 professional tow in contests in the world. This year, the contest is also going green, by becoming the first surfing event of its kind to use the CarbonFree surfing program, to minimize its effects on the environment.

Each competing team at Nelscott Reef will participate in two 45 minute heats, and the five teams with the highest scores from this round will move into the finals. First place winners in 2006 included Garrett McNamara and Kealii Mamala.

Where else can you ride the waves in Oregon?
From Oswald State Park to Agate Beach to Bastendorff Beach, there are a number of waves calling your name along the Oregon Coast. While you’re out and about exploring Oregon’s waves, check out local surf camps and surf shops for all your water needs. For more information, please visit our Trips We Love section.

The Pacific Ocean hovers around chilly, so you’ll definitely want to step into a wet suit before paddling out. Like any surfing waters, please take caution and check the conditions before heading out. Talk to the folks at the local surf shops, where you can rent equipment and take lessons from certified surfing instructors. For more information, please visit www.oregonsurf.com.

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