The Nixon Surf Challenge 2014: Russia
The Nixon Surf Challenge 2014 in association with Monster Energy, Reef and Lomography is gearing up for another memorable and unique edition, this time taking it to the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East from May 5–11.
The peninsula, located as far east as you can go in Russia, is sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Sea of Okhotsk to the west. Just about as desolate as surf spots come, Kamchatka represents unchartered territory for the Nixon Surf Challenge and the next chapter of adventure, exploration and camaraderie for the 10 surfers. The Russian outpost, home to the spectacular volcanoes of Kamchatka, is known for its raw natural beauty and unforgiving climate. In the colder months, Arctic winds from Siberia combined with a frigid current from the Sea of Okhotsk mean much of the peninsula remains blanketed in snow right up until the end of May.
The Nixon Surf Challenge, which has in recent years explored equally cold and remote spots including Iceland's dramatic coastline and Norway's insanely beautiful Lofoten Islands, is a hassle-free, friendly contest spanning the entire event. The riders all judge each other for the bragging rights to being named Overall Winner, Best Trick, and the coveted "I Rocked Russia" award. No money is on the line but the Overall Winner earns immediate entry to next year's event.
For the 2014 Nixon Surf Challenge, Nixon invited a carefully selected group of Europe's finest surfing talents, including returning Nixon team riders Benjamin Sanchis and Marc Lacomare.
"When it comes to Russia, you can't take anything for granted. I can't wait to head east and explore the region without having any idea what's waiting for us around the next corner," said Vincent Duvignac, voted Best Overall surfer in 2013. "That's the beauty of adventure - the only thing you can expect is the unexpected."
The Nixon Surf Challenge 2014 in association with Monster Energy, Reef and Lomography - Invited riders to date:
Benjamin SANCHIS (FRA)
Jonathan GONZALEZ (CNY)
Eric REBIERE (FRA)
Marlon LIPKE (POR)
Marc LACOMARE (FRA)
Gony ZUBIZARRETA (ESP)
Vincent DUVIGNAC (FRA)
Kepa ACERO (ESP)
William ALIOTTI (FRA)
Find out more on Nixon.com/surfchallenge.