Status: Out of Season
but stay tuned for further developments
Eric Akiskalian has no respect for anybody else in the water
I'd like to focus on the fact that Mr. Akiskalian shows a blatant disregard for the safety of other ocean users. The morning started off great. Everyone was taking turns surfing the 15-20 foot surf. Then about mid-day Akiskalian and Patterson showed up and proceeded to race straight to the peak, over and over again, cutting everyone off. Chuck was threatening to start a fight with my tow partner.
It was pretty apparent that somebody tampered with the gas in the jet ski and she (Shawn Alladio) had a failure that could have been catastrophic
Law enforcement will be watching closer in the next events for dangerous jet ski behavior. I also made it clear I wasn’t taking sides. I told him law enforcement watching from the coastline with binoculars won’t be able to discern which team is which but that jet skiers will be cited if appropriate and ultimately shut down if operations are unsafe.
The outsiders seemed to be organized and was taking waves in front of and around the contestants with no regard to the safety of the contestants or themselves for that matter. In addition, a couple of them were wearing contest jerseys that made it impossible from our viewpoint to tell them from the contestants.
When I got into the lineup for the Nelscott reef Unvitational I saw about 14 paddle surfers trying to line up for some 30' plus size waves. In the middle of this two tow surfers kept towing surfers into waves about 10' feet away from us. This action was putting up wakes and interfering with the contest. It was two pro surfers Chuck Patterson and Eric A. Basically it was disrespectful and very distracting.
I witnessed Eric Akiskalian tow into multiple waves during the heats of the 2014 Unvitational. He had no regard for safety of others. He put the competitors in harms way. He could have easily caused the death of others including competitors, safety crew, and photographers.
He interfered with the contest, as there was still paddlers, myself included trying to catch our last waves prior the Tow In segment of the contest. He added an element of confusion to the water that was not in the spirit of the contest.
...had to contend with Eric Akiskalian last year during the event. He caused disruption in the surf area when the finals were about to begin. He was not invited to surf in the contest because of his dangerous and reckless nature he operates his equipment around others. He is a safety risk to your fine event.
I have worked with TowSurfer.com and feel they do not have the experience to pull off such an event as this. They do not live in Lincoln City and could be a detriment to the City's culture and environment. His blatant disregard for last years competition was a danger to the event and its competitors.