Big wave contest goes off with a twist

LINCOLN CITY — A big-wave war between rival surfing groups was avoided Saturday when one organizer pulled out, leaving the battlefield to promoter Gabe Smith’s Nelscott Pro contest.

About two dozen male and female competitors rode a subdued wave at Nelscott Reef, splitting a $10,000 purse. Smith hailed the event as a success, but claimed interference by the opposing group, city officials and a vendor who failed to broadcast the event on the internet.

In a surprise twist, Smith staged the event from the D Sands Motel instead of Canyon Way Park, a contested patch of public property that has been more at

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