The Kamchatka Nixon Surf Challenge is a team trip in search of waves along Russia's easternmost peninsula. Currently the Nixon team are encamped on isolated beach, surfing in 2°C water, many miles from the nearest tarmac road. The email updates below from Nixon communications manager, Benjamin Wu Tiu Yen, provide a fragmented glimpse at what they've encountered so far.
May 6, 23:12: So far away, so remote. Bad news: the internet connection is hectic. Good news: we have waves! We arrived this morning then headed straight to the beach. We knew it was already onshore but the boys wanted to have a first surf just to get acclimatised to the water (around 2/3°C). The road to the beach is destroyed. Apparently every spring when the snow melts the government have to re-build the road, but they haven't done it yet, so we have a really nice Russian 6 wheel truck from the USRR era to get there.
The local culture is unbelievable, it’s like taking Alaska for the landscape and replacing the culture with that of the USSR. You can still feel the 80 years of communism. The place is so disconnected from the rest of the world.
The tide was low, wind onshore, with a 1m @10 sec period swell which will peak tomorrow morning. Right now it’s late at night and we’re planning to get up at 4am to get the most of the offshore window tomorrow morning. From what we've seen there is some good potential to score some nice beach break waves. Fingers crossed.
May 7, 10am: The riders are all excited, really nice vibes. The local culture is unbelievable. It’s like taking Alaska for the landscape and replacing the culture with that of the USSR. You can still feel the 80 years of Communism. The place is so disconnected from the rest of the world.
Messy, but clean and glassy 4/5ft waves in Kamachatka this morning. Everyone was surprised when we arrived at the beach (getting up a 4.30 am, as it takes about 1h to get to the beach from the city of Petropavlosky using that old USSR army truck). It really was a good surprise to see the forecast improved like this. The shots give you an idea of what we found. Nothing perfect, but really fun.
Using the truck we went a little bit down south, there’s so much to explore. It also really looks like the beach breaks you can find on USA’s East Coast.
They enjoyed a 2 hour plus session. The really exciting thing here is that the beach where we’re surfing is 55km long and they are sand bars everywhere, so using the truck we went a little bit down south. There’s so much to explore. It also really looks like the beach breaks you can find on USA’s East Coast. We’re also looking at some river mouth spots down a cliff that has a nice potential (and which can be better for shooting with a background). We’ll see when the swell dies.
Overall we’re already pretty stoked and we should be able to have some really interesting footage for the video. We’re planning on camping the next two days to get closer to this Alaska-like trip. We’ll also have two quads, hopefully we’ll be able to use them to quickly check the sandbars on this long stretch of coastline.