Big Wave World Tour Champion 2010/2011, Jamie Sterling, took top honours at the Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic in Lincoln City, Oregon on Saturday, February 2nd 2013.
"Stoked to win the Nelscott Reef. It feels good." Said Jamie I caught the first wave of the final which turned out to be the best wave of the event." Jamie, a previous title holder in 2010/11 is right back in the hunt for another title (2011/12's championship was a truncated season due to a shortage of swell).
Competitors awoke on Saturday morning to clear skies and glassy conditions. Ian Wallace, Haley Fiske and Drew Brophy gave an SUP Exhibition and were the test pilots to decide when to start the Big Wave World Tour event and by 11:15am the first heat hit the water.
After a slow start, the event saw waves in the 25-30ft faces range with the best big wave surfers in the world displaying their modern approach to big wave surfing. The display of big wave surfing at Nelscott Reef was incredible and the judges were handing out excellent scores throughout the day.
"After missing last year for the first time in seven years due to lack of swell/conditions, Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic came through in a big way to make #8 the lucky number." John Forse, Contest Director.
© Brian Overfelt