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East coast women's surfing competition returns to North Carolina! The Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic will continue a beloved surfing traditio… Read More
East coast women's surfing competition returns to North Carolina! The Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic will continue a beloved surfing tradition August 16 and 17, 2014. Co-hosts Jo Pickett (www.crystalsouthsurfcamp.com) and Jack Viorel (www.indojaxsurfschool.com) are combining skills and resources to provide this forum for all levels of female surfers; amateur to pro, novice to experienced. 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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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
 
Women's east coast surfing competition is coming back to
North Carolina!
 
 
2014
Wrightsville Beach 
Wahine Classic
August 16 - 17
For Immediate Release
  
Excellent weather outlook for Women's surfing competition
 
Wahine Classic Returns to North Carolina
 
Wrightsville Beach, N.C. - Weather prospects for the 2014 Wahine Classic in Wrightsville Beach are excellent with National Weather Service forecasts calling for clear skies and temperatures in the mid 80s by Saturday. 
 
Friday through Sunday, August 15-17, more than 100 female surfers from New York to Florida will converge and compete in shortboard, longboard and standup paddleboard heats. 
 
Wahine Classic organizers Jo Pickett of Crystal South Surf Camp and Jack Viorel of Indo Jax Surf Charities are expecting a bigger than average field this year. Several amateur finalists from 2013 will be moving into the pro division this year, Pickett says.
 
Registration deadline is Wednesday, August 13, with forms available online. Click here for Wahine Classic registration form
 
"Wrightsville Beach is a great location for the competition," Viorel says, "There's a competitive edge to it but it's a community event."
 
Pickett who coaches the East Coast Surfing Association's elite female division says her role puts her in touch with the best female surfers on the East Coast. She welcomes surfers of all skill levels to the Wahine Classic in Wrightsville, one of only three all-female contests on the East Coast.
 
"The idea is to bring all girls to the playing field," Pickett says, "The developing ones learn from the most accomplished."
 
Pickett says a crowd favorite is the teeny wahine division, with dads having as much fun as daughters helping their girls ride the waves.
 
The Wahine Classic host hotel, Blockade Runner Beach Resort, is also the hub for Surfers Healing on Monday, Aug. 18. Wrightsville Beach is one of 15 locations on the 2014 coast-to-coast tour.
 
Surfers Healing was founded in California by professional surfer Israel Paskowitz and his wife Danielle for their son, Isaiah, after he was diagnosed with autism. Paskowitz, whose son experienced the positive impact of surfing, now shares this unique therapy with other families of children diagnosed with autism.
 
Viorel will be among the scores of volunteers to assist Paskowitz during Surfers Healing. In the days following, Indo Jax will follow with a special needs charity surf camp for families of loved ones on the spectrum, Aug. 19-21.
 
 
 
Accommodations:
 
Blockade Runner Beach Resort
 
Information:
 
Jo Pickett, Co-chair
Wahine Classic
Crystal South Surf Camps
(910) 465-9638
jopickettcrystalsouthsurf@gmail.com
 
Jack Viorel, Co-chair
Wahine Classic
Indo Jax Surf Charities
(910) 274-3565
jvsurf21@gmail.com
 
 
Robert B Butler | PR
Photography by Ed Potter, NCSurfPhoto
Photography by Ed Potter, NCSurfPhoto
Photography by Susan Yerry Sessoms
 
Information and registration:
 
 
Jo Pickett, Co-chair
Wahine Classic
Crystal South Surf Camps
(910) 465-9638
 
Jack Viorel, Co-chair
Wahine Classic
Indo Jax Surf Charities
(910) 274-3565
 
Accommodations:

Blockade Runner Beach Resort
www.blockade-runner.com
 
Robert B Butler | PR | www.RBButler.com
Host hotel, Wrightsville Beach
Blockade Runner Beach Resort
RB Butler and Lemonstripe
 
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Women’s Surfing Competition Returns to North Carolina
 
Wahine Classic kicks off week of surf contests, camps
 
Wrightsville Beach, N.C. - On the shores of the nationally ranked surf town in some of the country’s cleanest ocean waters, more than 100 female surfers will compete in shortboard, longboard and standup paddleboard heats during the Wahine Classic in Wrightsville Beach, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 15-17.
 
The quintessential surf town made National Geographic’s short list of America’s Last Best Beach Towns in its June/July 2014 issue. Also in June 2014, Wrightsville Beach was named by the Natural Resources Defense Council as one of its 35 Superstar Beaches for its clean ocean waters.
 
Wahine Classic organizers Jo Pickett of Crystal South Surf Camp and Jack Viorel of Indo Jax Surf Charities are expecting a bigger than average field of wahines this year.
 
“Wrightsville Beach is a great location for the competition. In so many ways it’s become the classic of all Wahine contests,” Viorel says.
 
Pickett who coaches the East Coast Surfing Association’s elite female division says her role puts her in touch with the best female surfers on the East Coast. She welcomes surfers of all skill levels — pro, amateur and novice — in all age groups — teeny wahines, guppies, juniors, ladies and legends — during the Wahine Classic in Wrightsville Beach, one of only three all-female contests on the East Coast.
 
“The idea is to bring all girls to the playing field,” Pickett says. “The developing ones learn from the most accomplished.”
 
A crowd favorite is the teeny wahine division.
 
“My daughter Airlie calls the teeny wahines ‘the dads and daughters’ because … you see the dads as happy as the girls bonding and assisting so their little girls can ride waves,” Pickett says.
 
The timing of the teeny wahine division is paired with the shortboard finals.
 
“This provides a platform for them to participate and watch the pro shortboard finals that’s going on at the same time,” Pickett says.
 
Pickett’s philosophy of instruction is rooted in mentoring. For decades she has mentored female surfers including two daughters, Airlie Pickett and Lelaini Pickett, who placed second and third in the pro shortboard division during the 2013 Wahine Classic finals. First place went to Wrightsville Beach local Darsha Pigford.
 
Viorel’s daughter, now 11, started surfing at age 4. She’s among the budding female surfers eligible to surf the age 12 and under guppy division.
 
“By having an all female contest like this,” Viorel says, “it’s a real platform to dive into surfing. There’s a competitive edge to it but it’s a community event,” he adds.
 
Surfers Healing Founder Izzy Paskowitz at Blockade Runner Beach Resort, photo by Brad Austin Butler
The Wahine Classic host hotel, the Blockade Runner Beach Resort, is also the hub for Surfers Healing on Monday, Aug. 18. Wrightsville Beach is one of 15 locations on the 2014 coast-to-coast tour.
 
Surfers Healing was founded in California by professional surfer Israel Paskowitz and his wife Danielle for their son, Isaiah, after he was diagnosed with autism. Paskowitz, whose son experienced the positive impact of surfing, now shares this unique therapy with other families of children diagnosed with autism.
 
Viorel will be among the scores of volunteers to assist Paskowitz during Surfers Healing. In the days following, Indo Jax will follow with a special needs charity surf camp for families of loved ones on the spectrum, Aug. 19-21.
 
Wahine Classic registration deadline: August 11.
 
Accommodations:
 
Blockade Runner Beach Resort
 
Information and registration:
 
Jo Pickett, Co-chair
Wahine Classic
Crystal South Surf Camps
(910) 465-9638
 
Jack Viorel, Co-chair
Wahine Classic
Indo Jax Surf Charities
(910) 274-3565
 
Robert B Butler | PR | www.RBButler.com

2014 Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic
August 16-17

Surfing competition for female surfers
Amateur to pro
​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, 2014 Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic
 
Photo courtesy Lumina News / Emily Errante
Jarrod Covington, 2012 Wrightsville Beach
Biathlon Champion, serving as 2014 SUP Race
Director for the Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic
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Wahine flashback...
​Photography by Ken Blevins
2013 photo courtesy Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic Facebook
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2013 photo courtesy Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic Facebook
Photo supplied by Jack Viorel
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2013 Kat Neff, photo by Ed Potter, WB Wahine Classic Facebook
Photo supplied by Jack Viorel
2013 photo courtesy Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic Facebook
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Following the 2014 Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic,
Surfers Healing with Izzy Paskowitz
Monday, August 18
Photography by Brad Austin Butler
Photography by Richard Perry
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