Freeride events are gaining popularity fast, meaning there’s a lot of anticipation for the upcoming Blowsion Surf Slam, scheduled for September 10-12 in Pacific City, Oregon.
This year, the Surf Slam combines the second round of the IFWA Freeride World Championship Tour with the IJSBA Freeride World Cup and Motosurf Western Championship. That means there will be a LOT of action on the water at the Tierra Del Mar Beach Resort, located just north of Pacific City.
According to organizers, both Pro and Amateur Freeriders will compete in a head-to-head, double-elimination format. A panel of professional judges will score them equally on both wave surfing and aerial maneuvers. I’ve been to Pacific City before, and besides being just an awesome section of coastline, it should crank up some great surf. Competitors will be looking for aerials in excess of 20 feet, while performing tricks including multiple-rotation backflips, barrel rolls, floaters, look backs, aerial re-entries and no-handed landings.
New this year for Saturday is the K&S Kuwait Big Air Showdown. This air fest offers the top pros and aggro rookies the opportunity to go out and win the best aerial trick and the $500 top prize.
The action will also take place on the race course, with the top 20 Pro, Pro-Am, and Amateur wave racers duking it out in the IJSBA MotoSurf Invitational.
Freeride qualifying will begin on Friday, September 10th. Motosurf racing will take place on Saturday and Sunday Sept 11th and 12th. The main events will take place Saturday and Sunday from 8am-4pm. Rounding out the amenities of this action-packed weekend is a vendor and sponsor display area created to add to the festival environment and allow the top vendors and sponsors to show off their wares.