Every year for one weekend the boys take a back seat and the girls step up to “make some waves” at the Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic.
The annual Wahine Classic, which returns to Wrightsville Beach August 11-13, 2017, is open to all experience levels of surfer girls from the newbies to amateurs, or professionals from all over the world. The Blockade Runner Beach Resort, a long-time supporter of the Wahine Classic, will again serve as the host hotel.
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 at Wrightsville Beach has been recognized as one of the majors along with Jacksonville, Florida, Folly Beach, and Virginia Beach.
Along with new entries in 2017, most participants from last year are expected to return.
“Girls from Virginia to Florida make their way here to compete,” said event organizer Jo Pickett. “They love this competition because they get to know each other and learn from each other in a supportive environment.”
2017 competition will include Shortboard Divisions for guppies, girls, junior women, women, open, and pro; Longboard Divisions for girls, junior women, women, and pro; as well as the Teenie Wahine, Tandem Longboard, and SUP Surf Divisions.
Division winners will receive prizes contributed by local, national, and international businesses. A cash prize is provided in the Pro Divisions.
Activities will begin on Friday, Aug. 11, with registration pickup and “a meet, greet, eat, and surf evening for competitors and their families at South End Surf Shop.
Saturday’s competition is scheduled from 8 AM until 4 PM. Sunday is slated from 8 AM until 3 PM followed by an awards ceremony on the beach. Online event registration will close at midnight on August 9.
Spectators are welcome. The best accesses to the beach are 37 and 38, or just a short walk on the beach from Blockade Runner.
“The mission of Wahine Classic is to empower girls of all ages, build their self-confidence and self-esteem, and to promote physical, mental, and emotional wellness. While having a fun weekend of learning, teaching, and friendly competition, the girls and ladies develop mutual trust and lasting friendships. We believe that time spent in the ocean has a positive impact on our lives.” – Jo Pickett, event organizer, surf teacher, and former US National Shortboard Champion
Starting in 2020, surfing will become an Olympic sport. Mary Baggett, co-owner of the Blockade Runner Beach Resort said, “one day we hope to see our Wahine Classic girls on the podium wearing gold, silver, or bronze.”
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