With very little fuss or razzmatazz the Nixon Surf Challenge 2014 is currently getting underway, this time in a remote corner of Russia on the Kamchatka Peninsular. Ten elite Surfers have set off to explore the region, starting today, the 5th May and will be battling it out in the frigid water until the 11th of May.
The Nixon Surf challenge is a unique contest that goes down each year, where the invited Surfers paddle out and free-surf against each other in a rather chilled out (literally!) no nonsense format. At the end of the trip the Surfers vote amongst themselves and award the best trick trophy to the most deserving waterman, as they see fit. The ten challengers are from all corners of Europe, including Benjamin Sanchis representing France and Marlon Lipke from Portugal.
2013 saw the 12th Nixon Surf Challenge head over to the freezing waters of Iceland and the Surfers explored the region finding and taming some real gems. Vincent Duvignac eventually won the 2013 event, and the official highlight video is embedded below to show you the calibre of the riding and what you can expect for 2014.
Kamchatka is well off the beaten track and not on most people’s lists as a Surf destination, in fact it is better known for its active volcanoes and wild brown bears, so we look forward to seeing what the explorers find. Take a look the video below and for more information check in at Nixon to keep up to speed as the challenge progresses. Let us know if Russia is a place you would like to Surf and do you think the Nixon Surf challenge is following a good format?