SURFSLAM 2016 IS BACK FOR ITS EIGHTH INCREDIBLE YEAR!
Join the world's greatest Watercraft Freeriders September 9th, 10th and 11th on the ocean beaches of Pacific City Oregon for 2016’s premier PWC surf event. The Surfslam is being held for its 8th year at the pristine Tierra Del Mar Beach access located just north of Pacific City, Oregon and is free to the public on this wide expanse of incredible beach. The Blowsion Surf Slam brings over 100 Pro, Amateur and first time Rookie competitors from around the world competing for cash purse, prizes and points towards the International IFWA World title, as well as the Blowsion Surfslam Champion.
Classes of Pro, Amateur and Rookie Freeride competitors will compete in the head to head double elimination format. A panel of expert judges will score them 50% for their wave surfing and 50% for their aerial maneuvers. The 2016 World Tour incorporates International rounds in Portugal, France, United Kingdom, Brazil and Japan. Watch it peak at the Blowsion Surfslam this September! The notorious Oregon Pacific Coast surf will boost riders in excess of 20+ feet in the air while performing surf combinations featuring multiple rotation backflips, Madonna rolls, can-cans, gerbil chokers, Superman backflips, inverted barrel rolls, floaters, look backs, aerial re-entries and no handed and no footed landings.
Not able to attend? No worries! We will be live streaming (2015 event stream here) the 2016 Blowsion Surfslam weekend with the excellent assistance again of Richard Ignacio of LiveStreaming247.com.
This event is a weekend of non-stop surf and core beach action. The Freeride Qualifying will begin on Friday September 9th. Hydro-Turf is proudly presenting the sixth annual HYDRO-TURF BIG AIR SHOWDOWN on Sunday with cash awards to the top three freeriders demonstrating the most aerial amplitude in this must-see contest of aerial cojones and carnage. Rounding out the amenities of this action packed weekend is the vendor and sponsor beach display area with food and beverage offerings to add to the festival surf environment. With over three miles of open beach to drive on and launch from, be sure to bring your own wave-shredding machine to carve up some of the famous Oregon Pacific Ocean Surf.
HOW IT ALL STARTED
Many old school jet skiers know well the name Randy Jungwirth. Being part of the legendary PJS Racing organization back in the 80’s Randy went on to open up Watercraft Connection (now known as WatCon). This killer performance center grew to be known as watercraft mecca in the Northwest part of the US for all of us young punk wannabe performance addicts and our clapped out Kawi JS 440’s and 550’s.
At this time Randy started the annual Watercraft Connection Hangover Ride on New Years Day every cold January 1st on the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon. Pretending we were all having fun in this frigid weather was a mask for what that sly Randy pointed out “off the record” to me later was a way to get all of us hibernated winter folks out and breaking parts. Not a bad early season sales approach to get the skis out of the garage.
A few years into this annual icicle gathering Randy and I joined forces for splitting the costs of this annual New Years party (the price of a case of beer) and together made the suggestion to our flock of winter faithful riders “what do you think about moving this to the surf instead of this lame river?” After surviving a few gale force winter storm years riding off the beach at the treacherous Cape Kiwanda Dory Launch on New Years Day with nary a dry log to burn for firewood, let alone having a chance at a clean wave set, Randy and I looked at each other and thought more importantly? “There’s not much chance of a bikini shot out here today is there?” With this crucial goal in mind, the painful and many-years-past-due transition from a cold winter shiver-fest to a summer beach party was born. Knowing that our favorite Freeride gathering spot at Cape Kiwanda could be overrun with non-locals (Quimby’s) who may or may not respect the other ocean users and beachcombers in this “becoming” ever more popular spot, we made a conscious decision at that time (circa 1996-97) to steer any of our fellow surf riders and customers to stay clear of the Cape area in Pacific City. This tradition continues today. Launching and riding jet skis in the waves at the Cape was just going to cause problems even with respectful riders. The Cape area is just too popular and crowded. Though cleaner more consistent wave sets are to be had at the Cape than at Tierra Del Mar beach just over the hill North 1 mile, it is just too politically charged and crowded of an area now for PWC. The Dory Boat Fisherman and Surfers are now in a power struggle of which most feel will not be a happy ending. Perhaps Barney Frank can step in and settle this?
Back to the history......aahhhhh..... August Blowsion Beach Party’s at Tierra Del Mar. Very smart move. Bikinis came out, handlepoles were broken, kegs were shared, ribs were cooked, and even a couch was freeridden (is that a word?). Getting an invite was an exclusive. Not because of any pompous attitude; this was simply just a word of mouth gathering to let it hang out for a weekend. To have to “plan” something detailed and in advance was not on the Blowsion or local rider agenda. Using what little planning energy could be squeezed out and amassed, the last few Blowsion Beach Party’s have been passing the hat for local charities and have proudly raised many thousands of dollars for each. The South Tillamook County Good Neighbors Program, the Doernbechers Children’s Hospital (little guy Devin Michael Hoffmeister is doing great now) and our favorite little charger Wyatt Brown (who suffers from autism) have all felt the generosity of the freeride community.
In 2008 one of our dearest and closest friends Pro Freerider Zach Waddle and his fiancé Libby Minium were struck and killed by a drunk driver on the outskirts of Pacific City on the eve of the annual summer gathering. With this crushing and outright devastating news a decision was made amongst the core that the only way to go on was to do it in honor of Zach and Libby. With their now 2 year old orphaned son Mason Waddle in mind (MasonsFuture.org), please come and enjoy this September 2010 weekend of competition and beach fun. Please help to make it a fitting salute to one of our most cherished friends and talented Freeriders, Zachary Arthur Waddle.