Al Mennie and Andrew Cotton invited to Nelscott Reef Tow in Classic 2009

Andrew Cotton, Ireland

Surfers Al Mennie and Andrew ‘Cotty’ Cotton have, for the second year running, received an invite to The Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic. The Nelscott Reef Tow in Classic has grown to become one of the premier big wave events in the world, attracting surfers from every continent. Al and Cotty (both ‘West’ wetsuit team riders) are again the only representatives from Europe.

The contest has a three month ‘holding period’ (Ocotber 1st – Dec 31st) to allow for the optimum conditions for the contest organiser, John Forse, to give the competitors the ‘green light’ to travel. This may result in as little as 48 hours notice for Al and Cotty to travel to Oregon.

The event will see 32 of the world’s best big wave surfers compete for the ‘King Fish Award. The winner of this title will obtain points through a combination of paddle and tow in surfing on the biggest swell of the year at Nelscott Reef. Al and Cotty finished 10th at Last years ‘APT World Tow in Championships’ in Chile.

“It’s a great honour to be invited to Nelscott again, said Mennie, anyone can see the list of competitors are superstars in the world of big wave surfing and for John to have included us again is a great opportunity!”

Cotty said “I can’t wait for the event, Nelscott Reef can produce some really big waves and I know both Al and I are looking forward to going there.”


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