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The thing is about Nelscott Reef in Oregon – it’s the North Pacific. That means really cold water and towering waves. Yeah, there are great white sharks out there, too. But, don’t worrry about those man eaters. It’s the waves that will kill you.
From the Nelscott Reef site:
In 1995 Nelscott Reef pioneer John Forse took an underpowered zodiac out in the 17 feet at 20 second swell and after several tries was able to penetrate the Siletz rivermouth and got outside. The speed of the wave combined with the wind keeping him on the peak prevented him from getting down the face and felt like the “Jay Moriarty stuck in the lip at Mavericks” famous wipeout and got blown out the back only to find the wave’s “big brother” bearing down on him.
Today, it’s a tow in race. You get towed in so you can make the wave.
But here’s the cool part.
The contest season runs from October 1 through the end of the year. Surfers get 48 hours notice before the start of the competition. Once the green light goes on, surfers rush to Lincoln City for the competition. Last year, the green light went on once the waves hit heights of 20 to 30 feet. That was the end of November.
My question. Are these folks ultimate athletes? They are surfing superstars. They can ride huge waves, keeping their balance down a face that is almost a sheer drop. Go down and it’s anyone’s guess if they survive. If these guys can participate in any other number of sports, what is to say they are not overall, the greatest athletes in the world.
And could a great athlete with no surfing experience ride such a wave? Riding waves of such height is a technical challenge as much as one about physical capability. But I bet the greatest athletes could learn pretty quickly how to ride those waves.
Some sports seem so daunting that they should only be for the people with the experience and learning to participate. But is it that ability to defy normal expectations that makes the ultimate athlete so extraordinary?
Oregon is a running state.
Steve Prefontaine is an Oregon legend.
If Prefontaine competed today, would he be an ultimate athlete?
Yes. The guy was setting American track records from the 2000 meter to the 10,000 meter runs before his tragic death in 1975. At the time, he was readying for the 1976 Olympics in Montreal.
The greatest athletes inspire people by the millions. Prefontaine had that hold on people. They knew him. They loved him.
People saw a spark in Prefontaine that made them want to run. And run they did. Millions took up running in the 1970s, inspired by Pre and others like Frank Shorter. From that era, Nike emerged and to this day is the name associated with the world’s greatest athletes.
Prefontaine’s legend is extraordinary. What made him an ultimate athlete was something that is still important today. It’s the ability to perform at a world class level and also inspire millions of others to discover a connection and an athlete within themselves.
That is an ultimate athlete. And that’s what made Prefiontaine truly one of the greats of all time.
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Do you have some great photos of ultimate athletes you want to share? Some shots of yourself tearing it up? Email us your photos and they will post to the Search For the Ultimate network of social sites, including Flickr, Twitter and our Facebook fan page.
Here’s how it works.
Compose an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Attach an image to the email:
Write a photo caption. It would be cool if you would include your Twitter address in the subject line. For example:
Your photo caption will appear with a link to the photo. Adding a caption in the body of the email will send it to other services like Friendfeed.
For example, after sending the email, the photo appeared on Flickr:
And on Twitter (See how the caption becomes the tweet?):
Your tweet will also go to our Facebook fan page:
That’s it. Let’s see some ultimate athlete photos!