Nelscott Reef is an ocean reef near Lincoln City, Oregon, United States that creates a reef break (a surf-break created by the presence of a rock or coral reef) that is known as the only place on the Oregon Coast with the right conditions for big-wave surfing. It is named for the former community of Nelscott, which is now a part of Lincoln City.
The reef is the home of the Nelscott Reef Tow-In Classic. Nelscott Reef is the only spot on the Oregon coast to produce double overhead waves, thus the event brings in big name surfers, such as Peter Mel and Adam Replogle. Before 2003 no one had been able to paddle out in this region due to the shallow water and undertow.
The 2010 Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic was held on November 2, 2010 as part of the male-dominated Big Wave World Tour. An exhibition featuring three world champion women—Keala Kennelly, Savannah Shaughnessy, and Mercedes Maidana—delayed their event one day due to wave faces of 40 to 50 feet (12 to 15 m) causing havoc for the men's event.
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- nelscottreef.com (commercial website)
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