Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic Issues Condition Yellow

The Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic has issued a condition yellow with an XXL swell churning towards Oregon. Organizers have also made a format change for 2010, eliminating the ski and going exclusively paddle.

As one of the five stops on the Big Wave World Tour, the Nelscott Reef invitee list is a who’s who of big wave chargers, including Greg and Rusty Long, Ramon Navarro, Peter Mel, Chris Bertish, and Carlos Burle. Local boys Mark Healey and Shane Dorian are also on that list, as well as current tour leader Jamie Sterling.

Nelscott will also provide an opportunity for the ladies, extending invitations to seven women to compete in an exhibition, including Maya Gabeira, Jamila Starr, Mercedes Meidana and Keala Kennelly.

Here’s a look at the upcoming swell that triggered the condition yellow. The Stonewall Banks buoy forecast shows a huge West swell peaking mid-day Tuesday at 21.6 feet at 17.4 seconds (279°).

For real-time wave observations from the Stonewall Banks buoy, follow @buoy46050 on Twitter. Additional buoys in the Pacific Northwest are available on our Pacific Northwest regional map.

Photo via Richard Hallman