2014 Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic

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Date(s) - 08/16/2014 - 08/17/2014
12:00 am

South End Wrightsville Beach


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Southend of Wrightsville Beach
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
Location: Southend: Wrightsville Beach

The Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic continues to be a beloved Wrightsville Beach surfing tradition. Returning to the south end of Wrightsville Beach, this forum is for all levels of female surfers; amateur to pro, novice to experienced. Divisions will include: Pro Shortboard and Pro Longboard, open to all ages, and amateur shortboard and longboard, grouped by age. The popular Novice category, open to all ages competing in their FIRST contest, and a new division, Stand Up Paddleboard, as well as the crowd favorite Guppy event, will complete the competition. Please check website for updates, registration, and heat schedules.


Last Year’s Results:

Crystal South Surf Camp
Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic – August 17 & 18, 2013

Surfer girls, undeterred by the elements, showed up en masse to surf in the rain on Saturday. Laughing, blinded by the rain, they surfed on, heat by heat, through squall after squall. When the rain abated on Saturday, we called our last heat, and the sun came shining through! Participants and parents enjoyed a golden evening of gentle surf. Airlie Pickett described this wahine event as “Dads and daughters”, an apt description!

All one hundred twelve wahines surfed, regardless of weather. Sunday presented clear skies and small, clean surf. Teenie Wahines gathered in droves to surf with their Dads, and twenty-five young ladies gleefully received their awards from “Kids Making It”.

Categories including novice “first contest” to pros “cash prize”, and contestants patiently waited for the occasional quality wave that offered scoring potential. Judges, announcers, and administrators diligently monitored each heat, recording results and preparing the advancing surfers for the next round as the highest scoring surfers advanced to the finals.

This contest brackets the age groups in order to maximize the girls’ opportunity to make the finals. For instance, 13 and 14 year olds have their own age group, because this is a large enough constituency to fill a preliminary round, a semifinal round, and a final. Stand Up Paddle surfing and racing events made their debut at our event, and the SUP surfers endured rough conditions on Saturday. Girls who made the finals surfed much cleaner conditions on Sunday. Jarod Covington of Wrightsville SUP organized the SUP race on Sunday, setting three buoys and monitoring the racers from start to finish.

For the record, I am listing our sponsors. I think we have thirty! The results are posted below the sponsor list. I also owe a huge thank you to the Eastern Surfing Association Southern North Carolina District Director Amy Rose, her husband Sandy Rose, and daughter Gina Grey. Also, ESA contest director MaryAnn Mangiacapre, Head Judge Liz Hauser, judges Dylan Stone, Glenn Corey, Dale Pigford, Derrick Pigford, Johnny Langone, and EMT Craig Newkirk, and of course, my husband Ed Pickett, and my daughter Airlie Pickett. Carol Eckel organized and directed the games that the girls enjoyed on Sunday. Thanks to everyone who sheltered competitors under tents during the rain on Saturday. Vendors included Robert Parker of Surf Quest and Stephanie Webb of Folia Jewels.


Pro Shortboard 1st Darsha Pigford, 2nd Airlie Pickett, 3rd Leilani Pickett, 4th Cat Rogerson

Pro Longboard 1st Morgan Knight, 2nd Chandler von Cannon, 3rd Leilani Pickett, 4th Patti Hook

Guppies 12 and under 1st Madeline Eckel, 2nd Lean Thompson, 3rd Malia Harrell, 4th Elizabeth Head

Girls 13 and 14 1st Julia Eckel, 2nd Kat Neff, 3rd Swain Curtin, 4th Micaela Boone

Junior Women 15 to 17 1st Madison Huckabee, 2nd Hannah Milligan, 3rd Samantha Newkirk, 4th Nina Long

Novice 15 and under 1st Savannah Meek, 2nd Mary Claire Haldeman, 3rd Kirby Smith, 4th Anna Haldeman

Novice 16 and up 1st Jessie van Hurst, 2nd Johanna Ksebo, 3rd Greta Barnes, 4th Kate Zeissler

Women 18-29 1st Chandler von Cannon, 2nd Deanna Wells, 3rd Rachel Breitner, 4th Sinetta Ruiz

Ladies 30+ 1st Jo Pickett, 2nd Patti Hook, 3rd Ashley Barnes, 4th Fran Reynolds

Longboard 14 and under 1st Julia Eckel, 2nd Carly Carter, 3rd Kat Neff, 4th Laney Brooks

Longboard 15-19 1st Nina Long, 2nd Hannah Milligan, 3rd Madison Huckabee, 4th Samantha Newkirk

Longboard 20-39 1st Misty Wilbanks, 2nd Liza Dean, 3rd Deanna Wells, 4th Leigh Powell

Ladies SUP Surf 1st Jackie Fisher, 2nd Johanna Kjesbo, 3rd Ryan Dadds, 4th Anna Blackburn

Ladies SUP Race 1st Karen Wilson, 2nd Anna Blackburn, 3rd Dana Stephens

Our Sponsors Include:

Bob King GMC, Wilmington Oral Surgery, Butler Daniel & Associates, Sea Scape Adventures and Wrightsville Beach Adventures, Surf Quest, Blockade Runner Resort Hotel, Thomas Construction Group, Chaney Construction, Senn Dunn Insurance, South End Surf Shop, Aussie Island Surf Shop, Hot Wax Surf Shop, Sweetwater Surf Shop, Cape Fear Commercial Realty, Intracoastal Realty, Clontz Newkirk Real Estate Group, Indo Jax Surf School, Crystal South Surf Camp, Freestyle, Lucid, Dakine, Smith, Eastern Surf Supply, Globe, 17th Street Surf Shop, Silver Gull Hotel.


Sat, August 16, 2014 – Sun, August 17, 2014

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