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Move Over Boys - The Wahine Classic Returns to North Carolina WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC – The Wahine Classic, one of the largest surfing competiti… Read More
Move Over Boys - The Wahine Classic Returns to North Carolina WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC – The Wahine Classic, one of the largest surfing competitions for women and girls on the East Coast, returns to North Carolina Aug. 14-16, 2015. “This is a weekend when the men and boys have to move over,” says Jo Pickett, event chair, surf teacher, and U.S. National Champion-Shortboard in 2004. To register for the Classic, email: JoPickettCrystalSouthSurf@gmail.com Host hotel: Blockade Runner Beach Resort www.blockade-runner.com Robert B Butler | PR www.RBButler.com www.NCPressRelease.org Read Less
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Move Over Boys
Wahine Classic Returns to North Carolina
Photography by Ed Potter
 
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC – The Wahine Classic, one of the largest surfing competitions for women and girls on the East Coast, returns to North Carolina Aug. 14-16. “This is a weekend when the men and boys have to move over,” says Jo Pickett, event chair, surf teacher, and U.S. National Champion-Shortboard in 2004.
 
“There are about six surf events on the East Coast for ladies,” says Pickett, who also serves as mentor for the Eastern Surfing Association All Star Women’s Team. “The Wahine Classic at Wrightsville Beach, which started in 1997, is recognized as the original and one of the major ladies’ surfing events on the East Coast.”
 
Last year’s Wahine Classic attracted about 130 female surfers, most from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, ranging in age from toddlers to 65.
 
The Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic includes surfing and paddle surfing, with competition categories divided by age and skill level. “The Classic provides a venue for ladies to play on the beach, learn from others, improve skills, and build confidence,” says Pickett. All skill levels are welcome, as well as beginners who can “borrow or rent a board.”
 
Activities begin on Friday, Aug. 14, with registration pickup and “a meet, greet, eat, and surf evening at South End Surf Shop,” says Pickett. Saturday’s competition is scheduled from 8 until 4. Sunday is slated from 8 until 3. The registration deadline is Wednesday, Aug. 12.
 
Pickett expects most participants from 2014 to return including 2015 East Coast Surfing Association regional winners Julia Eckel and Leah Thompson of Wrightsville Beach, who placed first in shortboard categories of Under-16 and Under-14, respectively.
 
Liz Hauser, expert judge for the Association of Surfing Professionals, the National Scholastic Surfing Association, and the Eastern Surfing Association, will serve as head judge of The Wahine Classic.
 
“It is encouraging to see an increase in surfing, standup paddleboard, and other sporting events for ladies and girls,” says Wrightsville resident Mary Baggett, co-owner of the Blockade Runner and host hotel for the event. “The growth of women’s sports is particularly sweet after watching the inspiring USA Women’s Team victory in the World Cup.”
 
The Teeny Wahine division, for girls under 10 years of age, “is the most joyous part of the weekend,” says Pickett, teacher and owner of Crystal South Surf. “It’s wonderful to see the small ones, encouraged by friends and family, and many being helped by mom or dad.”
 
Spectators are welcome. Beach access points 37 and 38 are the best entry points.
 
“This is the most fun thing we do all summer,” says Pickett.
 
 
 
Contact:
Jo Pickett, Chair
The Wahine Classic
Email: JoPickettCrystalSouthSurf@gmail.com
Phone: 910-465-9638
 
Jack Viorel, Co-chair
The Wahine Classic
Email: jvsurf21@gmail.com
Phone: 910-274-3565
 
 
Robert B Butler | Communications | PR
Scroll down for 2014 Wahine Classic Results
Photography by Ed Potter
Photography by Ed Potter
Photography by Ed Potter
Host hotel, Wrightsville Beach
Blockade Runner Beach Resort
RB Butler and Lemonstripe
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Photography by Jo Pickett
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Photography by Susan Yerry Sessoms
Photography by Ed Potter, NCSurfPhoto
​Photography by Ken Blevins
2013 photo courtesy Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic Facebook
Photography by Ed Potter
Photo supplied by Jack Viorel
​Photography by Ken Blevins
​Photography by Ken Blevins
Jo Pickett, Crystal South Surf Camp
Co-chair, 2014 Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic
Photography by Richard Perry
Jack Viorel, Indojax Surf Charities
Co-chair, Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic
 
Anime-style event poster designed by surfer Leilani Pickett
Results for 2014 Wahine Classic in Wrightsville Beach, NC
 
Pro Shortboard:
First Place: Airlie Pickett, Wrightsville Beach, NC
Second Place: Carly Carter, Wrightsville Beach, NC
Third Place: Kat Neff, Carolina Beach, NC
Fourth Place: Julia Eckel, Wrightsville Beach, NC
 
Guppies Division:
First Place: Briana Labiak, Conway, SC
Second Place: Madeline Eckel, Wrightsville Beach, NC
Third Place: Bailey Kaiser, Wrightsville Beach, NC
Fourth Place: Anna White, Wilmington, North Carolina
 
Girls Shortboard 13-14:
First Place: Abby Jolly, Swansboro, NC
Second Place: Madeline Eckel, Wrightsville Beach, NC
Third Place: Malia Harrell, Oak Island, NC
Fourth Place: Leah Thompson, Wrightsville Beach, NC
 
Junior Women Shortboard 15-17:
First Place: Nina Long, Wrightsville Beach, NC
Second Place: Samantha Newkirk, Wrightsville Beach, NC
Third Place: Michaela Boone, Wilmington, NC
Fourth Place: Hannah Milligan, Ash, NC
 
Novice Shortboard 16+:
First Place: Deonna Murray, Leland, NC
Second Place: Hannah Buckingham, Wilmington, NC
Third Place: Madison Peele, Cape Carteret, NC
 
Novice 15 and under Shortboard:
First Place: Alexi Pino, Wilmington, NC
Second Place: Kate Ramsey, Hampstead, NC
Third Place: Julia Boos, Carolina Beach, NC
Fourth Place: Rachel Dodey, Emerald Isle, NC
 
Ladies Shortboard 18-29:
First Place: Terry Green, Myrtle Beach, SC
Second Place: Elizabeth Hicks, Conway, SC
Third Place: Deanna Wells, Wilmington, NC
Fourth Place: Kristine Turner, Wilmington, NC
 
Women Shortboard 30+:
First Place: Molly McCrae, Wilmington, NC
Second Place: Margo Quirk, Wilmington, NC
 
Pro Longboard:
First Place: Misty Mangiacapre, Carolina Beach, NC
Second Place: Carly Carter, Wrightsville Beach, NC
Third Place: Karson Lewis, Ocean Isle, NC
Fourth Place: Julia Eckel, Wrightsville Beach, NC
 
Girls Longboard 14 and under:
First Place: Kat Neff, Carolina Beach, NC
Second Place: Leah Thompson, Wrightsville Beach, NC
Third Place: Lanie Prevatte, Oak Island, NC
Fourth Place: Madeline Eckel, Wrightsville Beach, NC
 
Jr. Women Longboard 15-19:
First Place: Hannah Milligan, Ashe, NC
Second Place: Sydney Pittman, Newport, NC
Third Place: Nina Long, Wrightsville Beach, NC
Fourth Place: Samantha Newkirk, Wrightsville Beach, NC
 
Women Longboard 20 and Up:
First Place: Leigh Powell, Hampstead, NC
Second Place: Johanna Kjesbo, Wilmington, NC
Third Place: Deanna Wells, Wilmington, NC
Fourth Place: Sinetta Ruiz, Topsail Beach, NC
 
Standup Paddleboard 16 and Up:
First Place: Anna Blackburn, Wilmington, NC
Second Place: Johanna Kjesbo, Wilmington, NC
Third Place: Jackie Fisher, Kure Beach, NC
Fourth Place: Liz Sadler, Holly Ridge, NC
 
Standup Paddleboard 15 and Under
First Place: Anna Blackburn, Wilmington, NC
Second Place: Jenna Blackburn, Wilmington, NC
Third Place: Saylor Emmart, Wilmington, NC
 
Highest Wave Scores:
9.4 Carly Carter, Wrightsville Beach, NC
8.8 Brianna Labiak, Conway, SC
8.7 Terry Green, Myrtle Beach, SC
 
Most Radical Maneuver
Brianna Labiak, Guppy Division Winner, Conway SC
 
Robert B Butler | PR