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 become generated during the winter months. These Swells come 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.
Nelscott Reef Big Wave Pro/Am is a one-day, annual event that is held between October 1st 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.
Notably, Event Director Adam Wagner has been running all the ongoing big wave events at Nelscott Reef since the inception and has created a foundation of success and growth for the sport and local community for over a decade.
This year is no exception, as Adam Wagner, Gabe Smith and Eric Akiskalian are working together to bring you another successful big wave surfing event for the 2017/18 big wave event season.