The inaugural Nelscott Kiteboard Rodeo Pro-Am is scheduled for Friday, May 30, through Sunday, June 1, in Lincoln City.
The rodeo is a combination of three disciplines to determine the overall winners. Trophies will be awarded to the top three in each discipline in the respective pro and amateur divisions. The $5,000 purse will be divided up among the top three pros in each discipline and the final rodeo top three.
The Downwind 5-Mile Race starts at Roads End State Park and ends at Nelscott Beach. The Wave contest will is set for Roads End. The Freestyle Contest is at Siletz Bay.
“All the venues are extremely spectator friendly, and we invite all families and fans to join us for this unique event,” a group spokesperson said. “Food, drink and booths will be set up to accommodate the public along with oyster shucking and a barbeque for the contestants.”
The Nelscott Reef Surf Shop has teamed with “Wind Over Water” Kiteboard School of San Francisco to organize, promote and run this unique event. Jeff Kafka, the owner of the school, has run many events in the San Francisco area and was the first to actually kite Mavericks, a legendary big wave in Half Moon Bay. Some of the other “name” athletes coming to participate include Sky Solbach and Damien LeRoy, former top 10 in freestyle on the PKRA World Pro Circuit; 15-year-old Jesse Richman, who holds the world record for a 22-second hang time jump and also was No. 3 in the U.S. 2007 National Kite Races; Dave Tyburski, who has been on the freestyle podium in the USA and is currently a judge and former participant in the PKRA pro world circuit; as well as Peter Scheibel and Josh Mulcoy, both waveriders extraordinaire from Santa Cruz.
According to organizers, Lincoln City has a reputation for it’s own “aloha spirit,” being the ultimate hosts for events such as this. The city has established itself in the surfing world as the host of the Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic, the premier big wave event held in the fall on the famous reef with an international field of the best towsurfers in the world.
SOURCE: Newport News Times