June 18th through the 23th Gold Beach Challenge & the Beachcomber Pistol River Wave Bash
Race Start time 10 am Lobster Creek Gravel Bar. Barbecue at the beachcomber after. Check in at the front Desk of the Beachcomber and get a t shirt or hat.
Friday 6/14/2013 update
The swell and wind models are starting to get a little clearer as we approach the start of the holding period. The current plan will be to run the SUP surf event on Wednesday June 19th. Looks like a day of fun 4 ft waves with light wind. I will keep looking and if you guys have any questions send me an email.
The race is still planned to start at 8:30 from Lobster creek campcround on Sunday the 23rd. Looks like the windsurfing event will be finishing up that day so we will be looking to get started at 8:30. Yeah we will know more in a day or two.
The a race down the Rogue is sanctioned by World Paddle Association, thank god someone is in charge. Projected start time will be June 23th at 8:30 am. There will be at least $1,500 in prize money for the long race which will be a 14 class. You can check out the 2013 Gold Beach Challange link for some of the details. I will get it up after I get back from the Paddlefest in Santa Cruz. I Expect to add $3,000 in prize money. $1,500 for the Gold Beach Challange SUP surf contest and $1,500 for the race. The raxe will be 10.5 miles down river from Lobster Creek Bridge to the snad spit like last year. Any questions email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Race Down the Rogue Sunday June 23rd 8:30 AM 1,500 added prize money
This short video was shot June 9th a couple of days before the Gold Beach Challenge. Daniel Hughes went out first and I got to tell you we lost him for a while. Zane Schweitzer came on out and blazed the path out. Looks like well overhead. Zane's board had the warm water wax left over from Tahiti so they caught a few and came on inn. Come on over to the Inn of the Beachcomber to enjoy a great SUP break
Look for more added money for next years Race and Sup Challenge. The budget is for a $10,000 purse. Looking to have more entries next year for the Gold Beach Challenge and we are planning a race down the Rogue River. Any question call me at 541-425-1496.
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Zane just killed it in the 30 minute final. The day started a little foggy but the swell was solid all day. The finals were started around 2pm and were a crowd pleaser. Daniel Hughes from OC was blown away by the beachcomber break the 4 days he surfed it and is stoked to get some more Cali guys back up next year. His question of the week was how is it possible to have such a consent break out in the middle of no where.
The race was tough and I will get some more info up when I get a chance. A little under the weather. We had two barbecues and everyone left happy. Can't wait till next year. Cyril Burguiere won the race with Daniel Hughes second and Matt Spencer third. Zane broke his paddle and finish a strong 4th. In the womens division Karen Wrenn was first followed by Kerri Stewart and Isabell Barnadownload the file if the player freezes or not flash friendly
What a difference a year makes. The Santa Cruz Paddlefest still had rain but at least the wind was down and the swell Up. Check out Matt Becker as he finds the Bomb of the day. Steamers Lane is not the easiest place to film with how far out the point is and the length of the ride. I know that when I am on someone that I was missing the other guys. Great event and Pono's Hawaiian Grill was the bomb. Handed out flyers and cards so I hope to get some guys up to Gold Beach.
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Here is a little footage of the guys testing their boards in some huge Sunset. Talk about going for it, check Kai Lenny out and Sean Poynter verifying that Newton's law of gravity is still in effect. Tried to slow it down and focus on the good stuff. I will get more heats up on the Heats on Demand page.
Check out the heats Stand Up World Tour 2012 Sunset Pro Heats on Demand
Not sure if I got all the waves of Bonga but pretty sure I got all of Kai's. Would be great to see the scores. Congrates to the Champion Bonga Perkins. Check of the drop off the lip in slow motion!!!!
2012 Sunset Pro Epic Finals Kai vs Bondga 2012 Sunset Pro Finals
Huge Sunset. Some of the sets were like Waimea Bay. Kai was stoked he made the finals. It was a little uneasy for a while. His dad said he told Kai to step it up in the finals. He killed it. Not only did he kill it , he jumped on sunset and pulled its beating heart out with his bear hands from the monster and ate it. 19 years old and nerves of steel. Click here to see the 2012 Sunset Pro Epic Finals Kai vs Bondga 2012 Sunset Pro Finals . It has been an great 9 days here on the North Shore. I have shot the complete Stand Up Paddle World Tour's 1st stop the Sunset Pro. I will be posting videos of the heats up and round highlights.
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I tell people I would rather be lucky than smart. Looks like an Eddie caliber swell to hit the North Shore starting the February 6th. Looks to peak February 8th close to 40 feet. Lot still left to the models but at worst it should be bombing for the start of the Sunset Beach Pro. The primary swell is forecast at 19ft the 9th so there is a chance when all is done that the 9th may be the day. Stay tuned for some of my shots. I know Sunset is not the easiest break to shoot but I think I can get close enough with the big lens. I am hoping to get the heads up on the free surfing on the off days. I know Kai paddled Jaws and I have not seen Stand Up at Waimea Bay. All that talent there seems like we might see something great.
Here is a little of the interview with Kai Lenny the morning after the Showdown. Bottom line the Beachcomber and Pistol breaks impressed all the talent from Maui. 25 entries, four to the finals & Robby Naish ripping it all day long at the Rock. Topped it off with the Maui crew grabbing the demo boards and ripping up the break at the Beachcomber. Well Zane ripping it and the other looked normal.
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It's Official. The Inn of the Beachcomber has a quiver. SUP Rentals on the Southern Oregon Coast. We are signed up with Starboard and Naish as a dealer and the only Southern Oregon Coast rental center. We have 5 boards from Starboard and 5 from Naish. I have an order in process with Starboard for the 2012s. I will work with Naish and Starboard for some race boards. All said if you are flying in and need a board we should have you covered. The Beachcomber will dedicate it's new rental fleet to the Showdown. I plan to be in contact with with Kialoa and hope to have their involvement as well. . For The only HD live surf cam in Gold Beach Oregon and the south coast forecast go to the source GoldBeachWeather.com
What a great event! Big props to the event guys for pulling it off. True "victory at sea". It was a bummer that they canceled the last day. I knew all that water meant snow on the way home so it all worked out getting out early. Check out the videos of the Stand Up Paddle Saturday and a little of the Surf Kayaks. Had a great time in Santa Cruz and will be back next year. The conditions were a little harsh but to film Victory At Sea live as the watermen braved the conditions was cool if not a little wet. Zane Schweitzer was unreal winning the contest and will be at the Stand Up Showdown at Pistol River June 15th - 19th. It almost seemed unfair to see Zane just all over his 8' Tiki with the custom duct tape job. I can't wait to see those two guys duke it out at Pistol River. The cool thing is they will be doing it sailing in the windsurfing side of the contest and the Stand Up Paddle Shown down.
My son graduated from Sisters High School in 2008. They have a fund raiser for Doernbechers Children's Hospital in Portland called MR SHS. It has a talent section and one of his friends entered and showed his Kayak adventures. Crazy! With that said I knew when I drove down to shoot the Paddle Fest that people are prone to do some crazy stuff in a Kayak. It was unreal, yea that's the word for what the surf Kayaks did. It was big, it was blown out and all the shore break needed was some kids from Makaha getting pounded to complete the picture. The Kayaks had to make it through the shore break and then paddle out for what a mile into a 30 mile per hour head wind. Then find a way to drop down a 18 foot wall of wind and water. So Victory at Sea is the correct term. They came they surfed they conquered. Don't get me wrong. Mother Nature got her licks in. It was worth it to see Victory at Sea first hand and to be a park of it in a small way. I was prepared for rain and I do want a new Panasonic HPX 500 with the 2/3" CCD's. Not having the cash in the bank I was a little conservative and picked what I would shoot Saturday and Friday afternoon. Hope you enjoy the film and I will be back next year. Rain or shine.
For the rest of story check out the our library. I still have stuff from the north shore this year to get up but have got started on the 2011 Pipe Masters. I have got all the AWT footage graded and I need to get that stuff up. Until then take a look at the Pipe Masters page and t.he body boarding video page. The Eddie did not go in 2011, but they tried and we have that.