The Wahine Classic will be held August 13-14, 2022 in Carolina Beach, NC. We’re hoping that this year will be our biggest and most successful women’s surfing event yet. There has never been a better time to celebrate women’s surfing and we hope you’ll join us.
This is the 12th Wahine Classic and we’re excited to gather professional and amateur female surfers from all over the country (and globe) to participate in this fun, 2-day event.
Every year for one weekend the boys take a back seat and the girls step up to “make some waves” at the Wahine Classic.
The annual Wahine Classic will be held August 13-14, 2022, is open to all experience levels of surfer girls from the newbies to amateurs, or professionals from all over the world.
While there are numerous surf contests for boys or both boys and girls, there are only a few surf competitions on the East Coast just for the ladies. The Wahine Classic has been recognized as one of the majors along with Jacksonville, Florida, Folly Beach, and Virginia Beach.
The Wahine Classic Surfing Competition in Wrightsville Beach began in the summer of 2013. The event is one of the only all-female surfing competitions on the East Coast and it continues to grow each year, attracting both amateur and pro surfers. Jo Pickett, a legendary surfing instructor with over 20 years of experience and the owner of Crystal South Surf Camp, is the event’s organizer. Jo’s skill at teaching surfing and her love of incorporating yoga for strength and balance, have made her a popular coach and a successful one in competitive surfing. Many of her students have gone on to become surfing instructors themselves. From teaching surf etiquette and ocean safety to coastal ecology and marine life, Jo has helped many surfers develop a vast understanding of the ocean and how to enjoy surfing for pleasure or at the competition level.
HISTORY OF THE WAHINE CLASSIC
The origins of the Wahine Classic in Wrightsville Beach go back to 1997 when Tammy Zybura Kennedy started the East Coast Wahine Championship (ECWC) in response to a tragedy that occurred in our female surfing community. The ECWC was a success from the start. As the event continued to grow, additional organizers were asked to help including Jo, Anne Beasley Weber, Paula Bushardt, Karen Allison, Lisa Andre, and Jack Viorel.
In 2013, our Wahine contest name changed to the Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic. Affectionately referred to as “the Wahine”, we continue the tradition of providing a fun-filled surfing and beach weekend in August for participants and spectators. Female surfers, young and old, congregate with families and friends to compete and enjoy the surfing vibe that the term Wahine personifies.
Spectators are welcome to watch the event.