How do we top 2015?
Owing to a fantastic effort by the Surfslam staff in execution we can only say ‘muchas gracias’ to all who competed and attended the 2015 Blowsion Surfslam. Not only was the on the water competition fierce and eye-popping, the off the water beach activities were beyond uber-entertaining. Of course a full mix of international riders and fans descending on this beautiful and rural Oregon Coast paradise never allows for a dull moment. “Tire sucking sand? Salty and Windy Air? Chilly Ocean temps? Speedos’ and T-shirt weather one minute, polar ice parkas the next? What more challenge could you ask for!” Bring your ski, your family and your favorite beverages and join us as we do our best to pull off the Blowsion Surfslam for 2016 at Tierra Del Mar Beach in Pacific City, Oregon.
Thank you Poseidon and Helios for an incredible 2014!
Excitement was incredibly high and all were beyond enthusiastic to witness what the Oregon Surf presented to our Pro, Amateur and Freeriding Beach Riders at last September's 2014 top watercraft surf throwdown. After experiencing incredible waves and sunny weather at 2013’s Surfslam, we imbibed weekly toasts of Pac City salt water (followed of course by a IPA chaser) in an ode to these gods of surf and sun who then rewarded us with another epic participation from Mother Nature for 2014. Speical thanks go out once again to all the staff and espcially Rick Ignacio of LiveStreaming247.com who helped us present live via webcast the enitre three days! Please rub your lucky spark plug, empty another can of WD40, duct tape your lucky wetsuit --- do whatever you can do to keep the lucky vibe positive and strong for smooth swell and sun for the coming 2015 Surfslam. Look for an expanded beach vendor area. All free to the public and fans of course. Thank you for the opportunity!
Don’t miss 2013!
ESPN AND COMCAST COVERAGES IS BACK! With the help of Paul Higgins and the Athletes in Motion film production crew, the 2012 Blowsion Surfslam is playing on cable channels both in North America and globally. Look for episodes on ESPN 2, ESPN International, and Comcast Sports Channel. With last year successfully in the digital film bag, the film crews will be back in force for 2013!
Tune up your attitude, prep your surf slayers, and get your September days off work bribe in order with the boss—the 2013 Blowsion Surfslam is going off in Pac City!
We Were SURF SLAMMED IN 2009 and SUNBAKED in 2010!
2010 in the books! After what can only be described as the most abnormal September wave and weather surge on historical record during the 2009 event, we veteran sophomores carried out and carried on for the 2010 event. It was EPIC! We worshipped the surf and weather gods all year for atonement and a reprieve from the insane wave surge and weather we experienced over the event weekend in 2009. Boy were we rewarded. 2010 weather for all three days was INSANE and beautiful. Props again to all the 2009 sponsors, staff and riders for doing an UNREAL job of adapting to some of the most challenging surf and beach conditions ever dealt with.
SURF SLAMMED IN 2009 - can we say unreal and insane wave surge?
Welcome back fellow surf riders and beach enthusiasts! After what can only be describes as the most abnormal September wave and weather surge on historical record during the 2009 event, we are here as veteran sophomores ready to carry out and carry on for 2010. We have worshipped the surf and weather gods all this year for atonement and a reprieve from the insane wave surge and weather we experienced over the event weekend in 2009. Props to all the 2009 sponsors, staff and riders for doing an UNREAL job of adapting to some of the most challenging surf and beach conditions ever dealt with.
Tune up your surf machines, and get your September days off work bribe in order with the boss as 2010 is going to go off in Pacific City!
How it all started-- the 80's and 90's are calling....
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.
Zach and Libby in Pacific City, 2008