Hall of Shame
Letter to Eric Akiskalian from Adam Wagner
This letter is to inform you that you have been voted out of the 2006 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic. The vote has been made by Behemoth, LLC on the following grounds:
1. An altercation between you and John Forse occurred on the weekend of October 28th in which you approached John’s car as he was leaving the Westshore Inn Motel in Lincoln City, OR. Words were exchanged and you provoked John to get out of his car and fight you.
2. There are ongoing concerns over the safety of having you in the competition. Numerous people have voiced their concerns over your safety record as a Wave runner operator. There is also a situation in which you wore a jersey and Went out posing as a competitor during the first heat of last years (2005) competition at Nelscott Reef, even though you were not invited to compete in the contest.
3. Continuous effort has been made by you to create a rift between the local tow in teams from Lincoln City, OR and the Nelscott Reef Contest. All of the teams invited from Lincoln City have voiced concerns over being pressured by you to make a choice between participating in our contest and a contest promised to be put on by you.
We have made our best effort to work out the differences between the two parties but we can no longer support having you as a competitor in this year’s event. A Vote has been taken and a majority decision has been made and is final. As of today, you and Chuck Patterson will be removed from the list of competitors for this year’s event.
Peter Mel, Pro Surfer and President of WCTSA
My name is Peter Mel. I am a professional surfer and president of the WCTSA (West Coast Tow Surfing Assoc.}. I am contacting you in regard to the permit issue at Nelscott Reef. As, I understand there are 2 permits that are being sought after for a tow-surfing event at Nelscott Reef. These permits are also slated for the same time period, which is my major concern.
As a person with a wealth of knowledge about tow-surfing and its concerns that surround it. I think that Bohemoth Productions (last years event producer) is the best group to run this event. They’re local knowledge of the surrounding ares and its environment will fit best for the people of Lincoln City. I have worked with them at length in preparing them for an event of this magnitude. Last years event went off without a hitch and this years event will be even better.
As for the other party involved, 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.
I am asking you to propose only one permit per year at the reef. This permit should be issued to Behemoth Productions only, therefore protecting the integrity of Lincoln City, the event staff, and it’s competitors.
Jeff Clark, Mavericks Icon
I am writing this letter in support of the contest that was run by Behemoth and John Forse.
I am the Contest Director for the Mavericks Surf Contest. We have a very good thing going for the town and the surfers. There have been companies like Billabong and Reef with lots of money trying to come in and do a contest of there own. Like Nelscott now that the contest is a success many want to jump on the bandwagon.
At Mavericks we have one contest a year. The County Supervisors, Half Moon Bay City and the Harbor District are all in agreement that it is best. Environmental concerns are always on our table even though there is no impact what so ever.
I was disappointed that the founders of the Nelscott 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. Maybe with another year he may get control of his watercraft to be invited.
Mr. Akiskalian running a contest in Lincoln City, in my opinion is a mistake and he will do his best to buy his way in.
Ed Guzman, Head of Water Safety
Thank you for the Invitation to participate in the Unvitational Big Wave surfing contest at Nelscott Reef this year. Being the head of Water Safety and working with my team, to provide a safety net for the athletes was very rewarding. I misunderstood the roll of Eric Akiskaian. I thought he was registered and participating in the contest. From my understanding, he was helping with safety on his Jet Ski. I was disappointed with his total disregard for safety and his lack of respect for the participants in the contest.
He rode his Jet Ski on waves during the contest like it was his own private Rodeo. This was unsafe, causing wakes in the line up and distracting the Water Patrol from their job. I thought he was supposed to help with safety. Instead he was very selfishly assisting only one contestant and ignoring everyone else. Towards the end of the paddling segment of the contest he started Tow Surfing in the middle of the contest! What was that about?
Later, I find out that he is not even in the contest. He blatantly rode waves like he was competing in the Tow In part of the contest. 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.
I would like to see Eric Akiskalian banned from the area on contest day so the Water Patrol can safely assist participants without interference.
Kevin Harrington, Water Cameraman
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.
Peter Butsch, Competitor
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.