Trip Report

by / Wednesday, 14 July 2010 / Published in Russ Faurot

Time for a trip report.  On the second week of June, I left Maui for the Oregon Coast.  I headed straight for Pistol River, site of the newly revived Wave Bash contest, and scored some epic conditions.  In the days prior to the contest, we were rewarded with blasting 3.5 winds and mast high swell.  It was a great way to warm up for the event.

photo by 

Trudy Lary <>

Conditions backed off a little for the beginning of the comp., but I still sailed with my 3.7 Ezzy and 72L OES Quad fin on the first day.  Throughout the 4-day window, we received a mixed bag of conditions, ranging from 3.7 powered to 5.0 underpowered, and waist to overhead waves.  I was knocked out on the first day in my first heat, which was disappointing.  Fortunately, we ran a double elimination format, and I had a chance to climb back through the ranks in the second bracket.  I ended up climbing to a reasonable 15th place position out of 32 competitors in the Expert division.  I felt like I could have done better, but that should provide some good motivation for next year.  Let the training begin!

Photo by Kevin Pritchard

Photo by Linda Reed

Check the videos produced by Kevin Pritchard chronicling each day’s events.


Pistol River Wave Bash Day 1 from Kevin Pritchard on Vimeo.

Pistol River Day 2 from Kevin Pritchard on Vimeo.

Day 3 Pistol River Wave Bash from Kevin Pritchard on Vimeo.

Pistol River.. The Super Final from Kevin Pritchard on Vimeo.

Trip Report:

To be continued…

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