Jun 01 2015

Folly Beach Wahine Classic 2015


The 14th Annual Folly Beach Wahine Classic is almost upon us! The event, hosting approximately 100 competitors, will be held June 6-7th at the Washout. The all female competition will hit the surf and start at 8am on both days. Being one of just three only female surf events on the East Coast, ladies will arrive from Florida to New Jersey to compete for awards in Pro Shortboard and Pro Longboards heats as well as other divisions. The Classic, after spending many years as a special event for the SSC ESA, has now been officially approved as a non-profit.

The Classic raises money for another non-profit, Surfers Healing, who organizes events, camps and fundraisers to help children with autism. The organization specializes in helping those children overcome problems with sensory overload and enjoy the art of surfing. The Charleston Chapter of Surfers Healing has been highly successful, and camps generally fill up quickly.

Awards for for the best surfers range from $750 for first place winners to Kala Brand ukeleles. Other awards will be given for the following: Shortboard and Longboard with 5 events each (4 age divisions and Novice), Open Bodyboard, Open Stand Up Paddleboard, and tthe Liquid Shredder Fun One. Competitors will ride boards provided by Liquid Shredder that are typically about 7’6″ – 8’6″ in length, which is considered “mid-length” and between the typical longboard and shortboard lengths. “The winner of the Liquid Shredder Fun One gets to take home one of the LS surfboards used in the event,” states Wahine Classic Director Patti Noe. “Every wahine who places in the regular events will go home with a trophy and prize bag.”

The event has grown and increased its sponsorship greatly over the years. What started as a local fun gig turned into a hugely popular event drawing attention from current sponsor Quicksilver/Roxy in addition to the City of Folly Beach, McKevlin’s Surf Shop, Ocean Surf Shop, Loggerhead’s, SPY Optic, Kona Brewing Company and Carolina Surf Brand.

Entrants are requested to carpool, as parking will be a challenge. Bicycling or using one of the golf cart taxi services are also good options. Aside from being a great event for spectators, the Classic has designed T-shirts and organized drawings over the weekend to help raise money for Surfers Healing. There will be six surfboards, boat charters, fishing trips, a beach cruiser, art and a photo shoot for people to try to win for as little as a $1 ticket.

The entry deadline for Wahine Classic participants is Sunday, May 31st. Early check-in for competitors will be at the Brick House Kitchen on June 5th at 5:30pm. We hope to see many of you there, either in the water or on the beach!



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