I went down to Pacific City for a couple of days to hang out and compete in the 16th Annual Cape Kiwanda Longboard Classic this past September. The comp has been going on for a while and is a rare longboard gem for the Northwest now that the Lincoln City event has been decommissioned. There’s something pretty cool about a bunch of big boards (9’0″ and up) all getting together for some surf. The competition is also a benefit to help build a skate park for the Coastal Oregon town of Pacific City. Hosted by Moment Surf Shop, and Pelican Brewery, these guys know how to throw a party.
This year I went up to checkout the Traditions event in La Push, Washington. Four and a half hours north on 101 from Seaside, it was a journey well worth it. La Push is a beautiful stretch of coastline on the North Washington Coast and Olympic Peninsula, and it turns out they have a pretty rad beach break too. Lib Tech has been sponsoring this event for the last two years and North By Northwest has been a key organizer and sponsor for many more years. Not only was there a surf contest on Sunday, but also a ton of prizes raffled off, and a salmon feed(check out the pictures) that was definitely the best bonfire salmon I have ever had.
It turned out to be a foggy day(all day), but the surf showed up, along with the competitors and a handful of spectators. With a $50 entry fee for each of the 32 entrants, first place received a $1000 price, 2nd, and 3rd got a smaller amount, and proceeds went to the the local surf camp. Competitors traveled from far and wide, including Oregon, Washington, and Australia to enter this event. It’s the biggest and fastest growing surf contest on the Olympic Peninsula no doubt. Check out the results below.
1st – Johnathan Grubbs – Lib Tech Shredder and Waterboard Craftsman.
2nd – Blair Habenicht – Lib Tech Snow Shredder.
3rd – Sam Holmes – Australian Wild Card, guy came outta nowhere!
Thanks to Lib Tech, NxNW, and the local Quileute Tribe for making this event possible(and feeding everyone some amazing salmon), and hope to see an even bigger turnout next year!
Check out some photos below, and apologies for the out of focus shots I took!
All Non-Blurry Photography by Maya Dooley.
On a fog draped Saturday morning, groms from all over the Pacific Northwest took to the waves at Devil’s Punchbowl State Park to compete in the Surfrider Foundation’s 5th annual Otter Rock and Roll competition. The competition was held by their Newport branch in honor of international Go Surfing Day. 67 competitors and over 200 spectators made it to the beach for this fun filled event including a beach clean-up with prizes for best trash art, biggest piece of trash and numerous other fun categories. The sun did make an appearance making for wonderful day of surf, sand, and smiles. The competitors put forth a great effort and most importantly it seemed a good time was had by all. The heat winners are as follows:
Contest Results: (1st,2nd,3rd respectively)
Child w/ parent: Brody Winger, Trevor Tice, Marley Snavely
12/under Girls: Savanaah Russo, Isabella Laurino, Sarina Watson-Lacey
12/under Boys: Jon Wright, Jonah Jarman, Kainoa Thumbell
13-15 Girls: Emily Thome, Greta Bishop, Maria Barten
13-15 Boys: Theo Hollen, Jesse Henton, Payton Timm
16-18 Girls: Kelsea DeFilippis, Autumn Bell, Bryonie Emery
16-18 Boys: Deklyn Wood, Laird Tuel, Travis Cockcroft
Best Beginner: Riley Coler, Hanah George, Kiger Johnson,
Congratulations to all the contenders and thank you to Newport Surfrider for putting on such a wonderful event! We look forward to joining you again next year!
“The largest continuously run Pro/Am competition in the Pacific Northwest” is open for registration! Running May 17th through 19th, the Clean Water Classic for 2013 is going to be off the chain! Cleanline Surf is proud to sponsor this long running event that has been a part of surfing in the Northwest for 12 years running. Check it out even if you aren’t entering the contest. There’s lots of fun for the whole family during the event and around Westport.
The event is held on the south side of the Jetty in Westport, WA.
For event registration, photos from past events, or any other info related to the Clean Water Classic for 2013 head over to www.cleanwaterclassic.com