Classic ready to roll

Warren HatelyAugusta Margaret River Times
Last year's open men's and under-21s division winner Ben Spence in the tube.
Camera IconLast year's open men's and under-21s division winner Ben Spence in the tube. Credit: Ari Wolfl

Surfing is well and truly back, with the Margaret River Classic on schedule to start next weekend.

The classic is the second-longest running competitive surf event in WA and is set to again attract some of the State’s best surfers as well as a strong showing from residents.

From next Friday, surfers will compete for a swag of prizes including cash awards for finalists in all divisions.

The winners of the open men and open women’s divisions will also gain wild-card entry into the trials of the 2021 Margaret River Pro.

The contest, slated for Surfers Point, will also see surf veterans take to the water, while young bloods will continue their education with the creation of a grommets/under-16s category for this year’s event.

Co-ordinator Hamish Gibson, from the Margaret River Boardriders, said the Classic was recognised Statewide as a celebration of surfing culture.

“Locally run and sponsored, it’s an awesome weekend with heaps of spot and novelty prizes during the event,” he said.

“It recognises that this now-prestigious event has been established by surfing families and personalities that have enjoyed surfing in the local community for several generations. A contest like no other, the Classic reminds us of the stoke the sport of surfing brings to so many people.”

Spectators are encouraged across the three days of heats.

Presentations are at Settlers Tavern on Sunday, November 15, from about 4pm.

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