About the Reef

On the biggest days of the season, Nelscott Reef breaks about a mile offshore from Canyon Drive Park, in Lincoln City, Oregon. The massive open ocean swells are generated during the winter months.

Coming primarily from the northwest and westward direction, these storms produce wave heights in the 30’-50’ range once they hit the outer reef with some occasional crazy swells maxing out in the 60’-70’ range.

Contest Info


Surfers Tyler Cunnigham & Jeremy Rasmmussen Photo By Richard Hallman

The Nelscott Reef Pro is a one-day, annual event that is held between October 15th and March 31st. The event is called on a 3 days notice in order to guarantee pristine conditions.

The event operates on a traffic light system, waiting for the right combination of weather and swell.

Red light means there is no potential swell in the near future.

Yellow happens if we see a developing system in the Pacific that looks like it will produce the right conditions.

Green light goes on when we give 72 hours notice to athletes and sponsors.

This event is organized by Gabe Smith, director of the XAG.  He has worked on the Nelscott events for the past 4 years, and organized the producing of the new movie, Journey to the reef.  Gabe has been working nonstop to find an event style that fits Nelscott.

We will be announcing by Oct. 15th the Prize Money amount and details.

 Event media by Phil Schlieder of Delphi Cinema 

Site Photos by Richard Hallman

Tour Info

Journey to the reef tour plan

Sponsored by :

August 1st evo store in Portland OR.

August 7th Patagonia Store Victoria BC.

August 17th Patagonia Store Boulder CO.

Sept 8th Egyptian Theater Coos Bay OR.

Sept 18th Newport Cinema Center

Sept 19th Lincoln City 6

Oct 17th Times Theater and Public House

Nov 17th Gateway Cinema Astoria


( More dates being added )