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City due cash, publicity bonanza

The three-day Davis Cup final that Portland will host later this fall is expected to serve up more than $15 million in revenue for the city, U.S. Tennis Association officials said Monday.

“We’ll find a national and international audience,” said Drew Mahalic, chief executive of the Oregon Sports Authority, which helped bid for the tennis showcase.

Mahalic joined Portland Mayor Tom Potter, USTA officials and others at City Hall on Wednesday afternoon to cheer the association’s decision selecting the Memorial Coliseum as the venue for the first Davis Cup final held on U.S. soil in 15 years. The event pits top men’s players from the United States and Russia, the final two nations in an annual 16-team tournament.

 — Excerpt from The Oregonian, September 27, 2007

Nelscott Reef holding period open

The holding period for the 2007 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic opens today.  The holding period opens October 1 and extends through December 31st 2007.  Contest organizers, Behemoth LLC, will be monitoring swell and weather conditions and will offer a 48 hour notice when conditions look optimal.  The Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic requires a large swell with little or no wind in order to hold the contest.
 
Fall is typically the best season for surf in the Pacific Northwest.  Strong sub-tropical storms begin to form in the North Pacific, pushing large swells toward the coast of Oregon.  Unlike the winter months, when rain and wind plague the area, the fall is usually marked by a dominant high pressure over the entire Pacific Northwest, which pushes the storms north, but allows the swells to make a direct hit in Oregon.  The results of the proper weather and swell combination are awe-inspiring perfect waves with faces up to 50 feet.
 
Conditions like that are just what John Forse, Adam Wagner, and Jim Kusz, Behemoth, LLC partners, are looking for.  The last 2 years couldn’t have worked out better.  Patience and local knowledge of the reef allowed Forse to call the contest on the best days of the year.  
 
“We are hoping that we can hold the contest in conditions as perfect as the past two years.  La Nina presents an opportunity for more frequent and larger swells, but could also pose the risk of losing the protection of our high pressure early, which would result in more wind.  All we can do is monitor the conditions and hope for the best”, said John Forse.
 
With competitors coming from all over the globe, contest organizers have adopted a traffic light system to help everyone monitor that status of the event.  A red light means there is nothing happening or on the horizon.  A yellow light means that Forse is monitoring a potential swell and competitors should look out for the possible 48 hour notice.  A green light marks an official 48 hour notice of optimal conditions and the contest is on.
 
The Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic, unofficially marks the opening of the pacific big wave season.  This is the first major contest of the year for the region, and the competitors are stoked to get back in the water and start competing again.  The line up for this years contest, officially announced last month, is jammed pack with the best big wave surfers from around the world.  With a roster as talented as this year’s, competition will be fierce.
 
Behemoth, LLC will be re-launching their web page, www.nelscottreef.com,  in the next two weeks.  The new page will contain all the information on this years contest, including a real time contest traffic light.  Photos and videos from the previous years will also be available.  Look for the new site soon.
 
The Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic is the only tow in contest on the North American continent and Oregon’s only professional surf event.
 
2007 Main Invite List:
Shane Desmond (N.Cal) Tyler Fox (N.Cal)
Adam Replogle (N.Cal) Alistair Craft (N.Cal) 
Garrett McNamara (HAW) Kealii Mamala (HAW)
Raph Bruhwiler (CAN) Keith Malloy (S.Cal)
Zach Wormhoudt (N.Cal) Jake Wormhoudt (N.Cal) 
Ross Clarke-Jones (AUS) TBD
Brad Gerlach (S.Cal) Mike Parsons (S.Cal)
Jeff Clark (N.Cal) Chris Bertish (S. Africa)
Peter Mel (N.Cal) Ryan Augustine (N.Cal) 
Greg Long (S.Cal) Rusty Long (S.Cal)
Twiggy Baker (S. Africa) TBD
Russel Smith (N.Cal) Tyler Smith (N.Cal) 
Steve Nichols (N.Cal) Ali Ben Hammou (Morocco)
Dave Mcgill (Oregon) Joel Smith (Oregon)
Danilo Cuoto (Brazil) Rodrigo Resende (Brazil)
Skiz Doudt (Oregon/HAW) Chava Greenlee (HAW)
Pablo Schulte (S.Cal) Davey Smith (S.Cal)
Vince Broglio (N.Cal) Richard Schmidt (N.Cal) 
Osh Bartlett (N.Cal) Anthony Ruffo (N.Cal)
Josh Mulcoy (N.Cal) Stan Meurer (N.Cal)
 
About Behemoth LLC.
 
Behemoth was started in 2005 for the purpose of promoting surf events at Nelscott Reef and other surf locations around the world.  Founding member, John Forse, was the pioneer at Nelscott Reef and made his first attempt to ride the reef in 1995.  Forse, along with Jim Kusz, safety coordinator for North Lincoln Fire and Rescue and veteran water rescue team leader, and Adam Wagner of Action Sports Northwest, operate Behemoth LLC out of Lincoln City, Oregon.  Behemoth LLC organized and promoted the first annual Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic, bringing the sport of surfing to the professional level in Oregon for the first time.
 
About TAOW-Productions

TAOW is a modern marketing agency that builds authentic relationships between brands and their core user groups.  Through their access and creativity, TAOW provides high-value experiential campaigns that are unlike traditional marketing solutions.  For more information on TAOW Productions visit www.taowproductions.com or call (503) 228-1134.

Portland to Host Davis Cup, U.S. Women’s Soccer, LIVESTRONG Challenge and Marathon

The Oregon Sports Authority is pleased to announce that the United States Tennis Association has selected Portland to host the USA vs. Russia Davis Cup World Final on November 30 – December 2 at the Memorial Coliseum. This is the first time in 15 years that a Davis Cup final, one of the world’s most prestigious international tennis events, will take place in America.

The U.S. Davis Cup team, which defeated Sweden in the quarterfinals last weekend, features Andy Roddick, James Blake and doubles team Bob and Mike Bryan. Ticket information for this once-in-a-lifetime event will be distributed in the October eUpdate. Get ready to experience the incomparable, electric atmosphere that is Davis Cup tennis!

Click below to view the entire Oregon Sports Authority eUpdate.

Portland sweeps up the Davis Cup

Memorial Coliseum might seem archaic to Portland sports fans and Paul Allen, who once pitched converting it into a big-box retail center.

But to U.S. tennis officials, the Glass Palace was good as gold — a “clean venue” free of corporate signs, allowing them to promote their own international sponsors that underwrite the tennis showcase known as the Davis Cup.

The U.S. Tennis Association today plans to announce Portland as the host of the first Davis Cup final in the United States in 15 years. Local organizers say the coliseum’s interior was a big factor in helping Portland edge out Winston-Salem, N.C., San Diego and Oklahoma City, even though the other cities’ arenas are all younger and the oldest (in San Diego) was recently renovated.

 — Excerpt from The Oregonian, September 26, 2007

Competitor line up announced for Nelscott Reef Tow-In Classic

Behemoth LLC and TAOW Productions today announced the line up for the upcoming 2007 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic.  The competition will take place in Lincoln City, Oregon, sometime between October 1 and December 31.  As traditional for such “big wave” competitions, the exact date of the event will depend upon wave conditions, which will be continually monitored during the holding period.  Once maximum wave conditions are observed, competitors and fans will have 48 hours notice to arrive.

“We have some of the greatest tow surfers from around the world on board for this years event,” said John Forse, event organizer.  “The competition will be fierce with a line up as stacked as we have for 2007.”

Now in its third year, the Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic was able to put together a who’s who of big wave surfing.  The field has also expanded international boundaries, with competitors coming from Australia, South Africa, Morocco, Brazil, and the US.

Oregon is well represented this year, as well. Dave Mcgill and Joel Smith are coming from Seaside, OR.  Skiz Doudt was born and raised on the Oregon coast and is partnered with Hawaii Chava Greenlee.  Kenny Doudt, Skiz’s father, the survivor of a brutal shark attack in Cannon Beach, OR, recently passed away doing what he loved best, surfing in Hawaii.

There are many returning faces as well.  The winners of the 2005 contest, Zach and Jake Wormhoudt will be back as partners this year, after a broken foot separated them the during practice for the 2006 event. Garrett McNamara and Kealii Mamala, 2006 contest winners, will the defending their title as well. Other world-class competitors will include such teams as Brad Gerlach and Mike Parsons, Adam Replogle and Alistair Craft, Raph Bruhwiler and Keith Malloy, Greg and Rusty Long, as well as Ross Clarke-Jones, Twiggy Baker, Jeff Clark and Peter Mel.  See below for complete list of invites and alternates.

The holding period for the 2007 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic starts October 1 and extends through the end of December.  Contest organizers closely monitor weather conditions, swell size and direction, and storm activity to try to determine the best combination of wind, weather, and swell.  Contestant will be given 48 hours notice to drop everything and get to Lincoln City, OR.

“We have had two years of calling the contest on the best days of they year”, said John Forse. “Meteorologists are calling for a La Nina year, which could mean a greater frequency of storms, but more potential for high winds and rain associated with them.  Hopefully, this year will be bigger than last”.

The Nelscott Reef web page is being re-designed and should be launched in conjunction with the start of the holding period. For more information visit www.nelscottreef.com.  For sponsorship opportunities, contact Taow Productions (www.taowproductions.com).

The Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic is the only tow in contest on the North American continent and Oregon’s only professional surf event.

2007 Main Invite List:

Shane Desmond (N.Cal) Tyler Fox (N.Cal)
Adam Replogle (N.Cal) Alistair Craft (N.Cal)
Garrett McNamara (HAW) Kealii Mamala (HAW)
Raph Bruhwiler (CAN) Keith Malloy (S.Cal)
Zach Wormhoudt (N.Cal) Jake Wormhoudt (N.Cal)
Ross Clarke-Jones (AUS) TBD
Brad Gerlach (S.Cal) Mike Parsons (S.Cal)
Jeff Clark (N.Cal) Chris Bertish (S. Africa)
Peter Mel (N.Cal) Ryan Augustine (N.Cal)
Greg Long (S.Cal) Rusty Long (S.Cal)
Twiggy Baker (S. Africa) TBD
Russel Smith (N.Cal) Tyler Smith (N.Cal)
Steve Nichols (N.Cal) Ali Ben Hammou (Morocco)
Dave Mcgill (Oregon) Joel Smith (Oregon)
Danilo Cuoto (Brazil) Rodrigo Resende (Brazil)
Skiz Doudt (Oregon/HAW) Chava Greenlee (HAW)
Pablo Schulte (S.Cal) Davey Smith (S.Cal)
Vince Broglio (N.Cal) Richard Schmidt (N.Cal)
Osh Bartlett (N.Cal) Anthony Ruffo (N.Cal)
Josh Mulcoy (N.Cal) Stan Meurer (N.Cal)
 
2007 Alternates:

Carlos Burle (Brazil) Eraldo Gueros (Brazil)
Dan Moore (HAW) John Anderson (HAW)
Mike Brummett (N.Cal) Chris Brown (S.Cal)
Makua Rothman (HAW) Ikaika Kalama (HAW)
Brett Hudson (N.Cal.) Jeff Kofka (N.Cal)
Homer Henard (N.Cal) Matt Rockhold (N. Cal)
Matt Ambrose (N.Cal) Shawn Rhodes (N.Cal)
Ramone Navarro (Chile) Danny Fry (Chile)
John Gangini (HAW) Yuri Soledad (HAW)
About Behemoth LLC

Behemoth was started in 2005 for the purpose of promoting surf events at Nelscott Reef and other surf locations around the world.  Founding member, John Forse, was the pioneer at Nelscott Reef and made his first attempt to ride the reef in 1995.  Forse, along with Jim Kusz, safety coordinator for North Lincoln Fire and Rescue and veteran water rescue team leader, and Adam Wagner of Action Sports Northwest, operate Behemoth LLC out of Lincoln City, Oregon. Behemoth LLC organized and promoted the first annual Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic, bringing the sport of surfing to the professional level in Oregon for the first time.
About TAOW-Productions

TAOW is a modern marketing agency that builds authentic relationships between brands and their core user groups.  Through their access and creativity, TAOW provides high-value experiential campaigns that are unlike traditional marketing solutions.  For more information on TAOW Productions visit www.taowproductions.com or call (503) 228-1134.

Olympic Trials all-session tickets will go on sale October 5

The 2008 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials 8-day all-session ticket packages go on sale online (click link below) on October 5 at 8:00 a.m.  Phone orders to 1.800.WEBFOOT and walk-in sales at the Casanova Center Ticket Office will be accepted beginning at 9:00 a.m. 

The Trials are returning to Eugene’s hallowed Hayward Field at the University of Oregon on June 27 – July 6.  The largest national championship track meet in the world, the Olympic Trials will host more than 1,000 athletes competing for the right to represent Team USA at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Portland one of two Davis Cup finalists

Portland and Winston-Salem, N.C., are the two finalists to play host to the 2007 Davis Cup finals if the United States and Russia win semifinal ties next week, the U.S. Tennis Association revealed Friday.

The U.S. plays at Sweden and Germany visits Russia in semifinal action that begins next Friday. If either Sweden or Germany win, the Cup finals will not be held in the U.S.

“We’ll have an announcement on a site (for the finals) before the semifinals begin next week, probably at midweek,” USTA media relations director Tim Curry said.

 — Excerpt from The Portland Tribune, September 14, 2007

Portland in good shape to land Davis Cup World Final

Maybe I’m misinterpreting signals here. But assuming the United States and Russia win semifinal ties later this month, I think the Davis Cup finals are coming to Portland.

After a half-hour interview at the U.S. Open with Jeff Ryan, the USA team events director for the U.S. Tennis Association, my read is that signs point toward the City of Roses playing host to international team tennis’s biggest event Nov. 30 through Dec. 2.

“We’re very, very serious about Portland,” says Ryan, stopping short of naming Memorial Coliseum as the site of the 2007 finals.

 — Excerpt from The Portland Tribune, September 11, 2007

City of Portland Triathlon

Local athletes dominated in the first-ever Oregon Trout City of Portland Triathlon in downtown Portland on Sunday, September 2, 2007. More than three hundred athletes from as far away as New York and Florida entered the race, held to showcase the city of Portland’s downtown as a triathlon venue – and to raise awareness of the need to clean up Oregon’s waterways.

In the men’s race, first place went to Grant Folske of Beaverton, OR, who finished with a time of 2:08:58.76. Dan Litwora (Chicago, IL: 2:13:16.75) and David Ciaverella (Portland, OR: 2:15:03.60) were second and third, respectively.

In the women’s race, Sheri Lehmer of Bend, OR finished first with a time of 2:26:21.54. Ann Ciaverella (Portland, OR: 2:28:24.00) and Elisa Lee (Chicago, IL: 2:30:05.76) finished second and third in what race director Jeff Henderson described as “a very tight race.” 

 — Excerpt from Inside Triathlon, September 3, 2007

Portland a finalist for Davis Cup

Global Spectrum, which this week secured a one-year extension to manage the Rose Quarter for Paul Allen, is pursuing a marquee event not seen in Portland in two decades: Davis Cup tennis.

U.S. Tennis Association spokesman Tim Curry confirmed Friday that Portland is a finalist as host for the international tennis showcase in December. Association officials scouted Memorial Coliseum on Tuesday, but they also are considering sites in San Diego, Oklahoma City and Winston-Salem, N.C.

“It was a very positive visit,” said Mike Scanlon, who manages the Rose Quarter for Global Spectrum.

 — Excerpt from The Oregonian, September 1, 2007