Al and Cotty have just returned home after a hectic week on the road. They received a call from Nelscott tow in Classic Organiser, John Forse, informing them that the contest would run on Thursday 24th October. This meant a last minute scramble on the net to book flights to the states. As luck would have it, a 5m@14 sec swell was due to hit Aileens for the day before they needed to leave so they organised the next few days like a military operation. If anything had have gone wrong then they would have missed the contest. They made it to aileens and met up with Paul Okane at 4am on tuesday 22 after an 8hour drive and rested for a few hours before launching the skis. They were joined by another 5 skis loaded with surfers and photographers. The surf was angry. It was a lumpy swell. The pair had surfed a swell of similar size and condition back in 2004 with 8 other tow surfers though the sun shone this day which made things a whole lot easier. All the boys rode bombs but after 4 each Cotty and Al decided to call it a day as one mistake could end in them missing their flights to Oregon.
They endured another days travel to Lincoln City Oregon where they surfed Nelscott Reef in the annual contest. The waves were big but not what the boys are used to. They are used to big lumpy, stormy surf for the most part but Nelscott was smooth and glassy and actually really surfable. As Al put it “Nelscott is a fun big wave, it allows you to surf it with turns on the face, we are more used to ‘run for your life’ type waves, I think we had one of the best surfs of our lives at Nelscott”.
After the contest, they left the next day back to Aileens for another swell. At this point sleep deprevation was starting to take over but when there’s surf they want to be out there. They arraived at Aileens at 3am on Tuesday 27 October. This swell turned out to be a little smaller but none the less some epic rides took place. The 7 hour drive back home for Al and the flight to Bristol, for Cotty, brought their week to a close. “It was seriously intense, we never seemed to get enough sleep and I think we had 3 full nights without a wink of sleep! but we scored loads of good waves both at home and in Nelscott. Some winters go by and we don’t see many big swells so we have to take it when we can!”
This is a video from the morning session of the third swell filmed by 15 year old causeway coast surfer Jamie Russell