Surf Contest Makes Waves on Central Oregon Coast

By Pamela Clark.  Originally appeared in Beach Connections.  

(Lincoln City, Oregon) - Surfing in Oregon is growing in popularity. There are now themed surf camps aimed at moms and sons, yoga surf retreats, and new contests up and down the coast. One new contest which debuted in 2007 was the 1st annual Either/ Or Surfing Team Cup. The Team Cup took place September 15 and 16, 2007 at Road’s End State Park in Lincoln City, Oregon.

Jason Garding, the primary organizer for the event, held the event as a benefit for a grade school water club. One unusual aspect of the Team Cup was the four person teams used for the contest. Usually in surf contests, surfers are competing as solo competitors, against the other surfers in the water. In the Team Cup, surfers were organized into teams, and surfed cooperatively. Teams were made up of employees from varied Oregon surf stores, and surf related companies. Jason describes the event. “You had to get all four surfers on the team to score at least one decent score per heat. After you get a good wave, you’re better off rooting your teammates into a few. If you’re sitting on a solid six-point wave you’re probably not going to improve on that much. It’s better to make sure your buddy, who may only have a 3, improve his score.”

The weekend surf contest was full of highlights both in and out of the water. Jason describes one of his favorite memories of the event. “One of the coolest things I saw this weekend was Buzzy Morales and Tony Perez working together on the same team. Who would have thought that a guy who prays before every surf and a guy who spray paints his boards black and draws demon heads on them would come together for the common good of the team. I felt the love.”

Ken Wilson, contest participant, describes the event. “The willingness of people to help was awesome! Jason and I could not have done it on our own.”

Ken must have felt at home in the Lincoln City water as his team placed first.

Plans are underway for a 2008 event as well. Jason and his crew are looking forward to another weekend of great surf for a good cause. For more information on this event, check out for a slideshow.

Winners for the First Annual Either/Or Surf Team Cup include: 1st Place Team, Oregon Surf Shop ( Team members: Buzzy Morales (Salem), Kenny Wilson (Lincoln City), Tony Perez and Jason Garding (Lincoln City).

2nd Place: Seven Surfboards ( Team Members (all from Pacific City): Bryan Bates, Ryan Merton, Dustin Judd and Sylas Stephens. Additionally, Ryan Merton was awarded the $100 best single wave for the event.

3rd Place: Gorge Performance ( Team Members: Kainoa Casco, Bobby Ruleau, Matt Spencer, Rex Adams.

4th Place: ASV Productions ( Team Members: Mattie Star (Lincoln City), Andy Hensley (Lincoln City), Stew Williams (Eugene), Zach Booth (Eugene).

Tied for 5th Place: Ossies Surf Shop, Otter Rock Surf Shop, Double Vizion Photography and Gallucci’s Pizza.