The Quileute Nation at La Push is hosting it’s yearly surfing event ‘Traditions’ with a range of activities on Saturday, July 14th 2012. The shortboard portion of the event runs 9am – 5pm and has cash awards for the top 3 winners. There is also a fundraising raffle for Quileute Nation Surf Camp, a salmon bake, and live music by Scott Sullivan (You’ve seen Scott’s stunning photography in the Surfwater homepage rotation). Warm Current is also hosting a Kids’ Camp for safety and instruction in the surf.
This year it looks like the event will be bigger than ever with a leading sponsorship by Lib Tech and co-sponsorship by NXNW. The title of the event this year is “Traditions – A NW Waterboard Event”, where in previous years it was “Surfing and Traditions”. The event coincides with the Lib Tech release of Waterboards into shops a couple weeks prior – and their embrace of the event is a regional release party (Right on!). People itching to test the boards in the water will have the opportunity to demo from Lib Tech on the beach.
Getting a bigger push in sponsorship could make this a dependable regional event and give more foothold to the local surf community. Potentially Lib Tech will spearhead this event annually, and throw their weight behind it. Will it become the surfing event of the region? In the meantime, let’s get it on.
Event sponsorships include Quileute Nation, NXNW Surf Shop, West End Surf Shop, Sno Con, NWS and One Ball Jay.
Traditions – A NW Waterboarding event page. Find all the contest details and schedule of events.
Warm Current Kids’ Camp at La Push event page. Consider volunteering or bringing small size wetsuit and gear donations.
Northwest swell 6-7 feet with a period of 8-9 seconds. Light winds out of the South at 10 knots. Overall there should be a few peaks at the south end of the beach. La Push faces SW, but a light South wind could be blocked by the headland, potential for glassy conditions. Hopefully ripping will ensue.
Great event, mellow scene, friendly vibe and free demos. Look forward to getting out there next year. Here’s a few pictures from the beach. Follow event details at the Lib Tech Recap.