Jamie Sterling Wins at Nelscott

The Oregon coast lights up for the Big Wave World Tour

| posted on February 04, 2013

Jamie Sterling sets his line en route to a win at Nelscott Reef off the Oregon coast. Photo: Hallman

While much of the attention of the surfing world was focused on the North Shore for the Volcom Pipe Pro, more than 2,000 miles away off the coast of Oregon the Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic was quietly coming to life. One of five events on schedule for the Big Wave World Tour (BWWT), the last time the Nelscott Reef event, which is now a paddle-only comp, ran was in 2010. Amid solid 20-foot sets breaking nearly a half-mile out to sea, Hawaiian Jamie Sterling edged out the likes of Greg Long, Gabrial Villaran, Aaron Ungerleider, Jao De Macedo, and Ben Wilkinson in the Final to take the win.

For Sterling, who almost didn’t enter the event at all, the win proved to be more about prestige than about points or prize money. According to the San Jose Mercury Tribune, because of the $1,000 entry fee and travel cost, Sterling was shying away from entering the contest until Red Bull stepped in to help foot the bill. “They said go and try to win, so I did,” Sterling said. “I’m stoked to have won. I love the wave…that’s why I’m here. To surf against world-class surfers at a world-class wave is just icing on the cake.”

With his win at the event, Sterling, who entered the contest ranked 14th on the BWWT, took home $2,000. With his second-place finish, San Clemente’s Greg Long amassed enough points to become the unofficial champion for this year’s tour.

First surfed by John Forse in 1995, Nelscott Reef emerged on the surfing world’s radar primarily as a tow-in wave in the 2000s. The first event to be held at Nelscott Reef was a tow-in contest in 2005 and in 2010, the event became a paddle-in only contest and a stop on the BWWT.

The holding period for the next event on the BWWT, The Peligroso at Todos Santos, will run until Feb. 28.

  • Igor

    This tour is a joke and poorly run. Get the old stodgy people out that are running the tour and bring in fresh blood with real ideas on how to reward these surfers for their daring. 2k for first place is absurd!

  • Jimmy the Saint

    Am I reading this correctly. It costs $1000 to enter plus expenses, and 1st place prize is $2000! Good on the guys for competiting, I think many will agree that they deserve more than that. I know there isn’t a whole lot of money going around with most ot the surf companies struggling, but what brand wouldn’t want to be associated with big waves!

  • Bruce sanchez

    Yup the pro tour is all about the 360 air. Who gives a rats ass. I see 12 year old kids stanbing those gay things. Klohe does another air at trestles!! twenty grand for him. At least these big wave guys have some balls. I think some big sponsor should step it up a kick down some ends. Maybe some sponsors could pull out of the wnba oops I mean the woman’s asp same shit a fraction of the sport that no one cares about. Layne moosenuckle Beachley or some nut case in 50 ft surf who would you rather watch?

  • Steve

    The tours a joke because they run in waves that just about any surfer could ride. Mavs was tiny, none the Nelscott waves were impressive. But these guys to the test and maybe the tour would get some attention.

  • Barnaby McCluskey

    Bruce sanchez is twenty grand really the goin’ rate for airs? Yeerhaw my pelt tradin days are over, ders gold in dem der beachies. I’m gunna gets me a surf coach and makes me some monie. I ain’t nevers done an air before but my old pappy didn’t skin his first critter til the ripe ol age of 10 so’s nevr too lates to be learnins.

  • Tanner

    That waves really doesn’t look that big. Conditions look clean but thats it. Doesn’t seem like the swell was really there for this event. Better luck next year.