Nye beach, Newport, Oregon August 28, 2010
Ken "Ken Dog" Wilson was the first over all finisher and first in the stock SUP boards in the 1st Annual Oregon Open Ocean Classic held in Newport Oregon, 8/28/10. The event started at Beverly Beach, OR and finished 7.5 miles South at Nye Beach, Newport, Oregon. Ken lives in Lincoln City, OR and is a sponsored Kialoa athlete.
The start was delayed until 12:30 PM due to fog at Yaquina Head and the contestants faced 2- 4' shore break at the start of the event. The shore break was so challenging that all women competitors could not shoot the shore break and withdrew from the race. Ken was able to beat the shore break, ride the rip tide out, and after paddling a mile west so as to clear Yaquina Head, turned South to Nye Beach. There was a prevailing south westerly wind between 10 - 15 mph that challenged the balance of the contestants. Ken took the lead at the start of the race and was never challenged.
Gerry Lopez, Kialoa ambassador, won the unlimited event after having a rough start shooting the shore break. The unlimited class started 20 minutes behind the stock class and Gerry was the 3rd over all finisher, catching all but two contestants. Had the event been an additional mile, Gerry would have probably caught Ken. Gerry demonstrated his surfing talents by catching a wave 100 yards from the finish and riding it into the beach.
Other Bend athletes competing and using Kialoa paddles were Dennis Oliphant and Randall Barna.
Athletes using Kialoa Paddles gathered the over all 1st, 3rd, and 4th finishes.
Guest Post by Peter Miller
KIALOA NW Rep.
The Oregon Surf Shop posted pictures on Facebook Check them out, there are some great shots coming across the finish line!