Move over boys of summer, surfer girls rule the waves on August 20 and 21 when nearly 200 wahines (female surfers) compete in the 15th annual East Coast Wahine Championship at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.
This all-female surfing competition is a fine example of the water sport events that take place annually in Wilmington, NC and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach.
The event marks 15 years of competitive women’s surfing in Wrightsville Beach. This year the competition moves north to the Columbia Street beach access due to its proximity to a popular surf break and to a number of businesses, restaurants and amenities in the heart of Wrightsville Beach. All eyes will be on the surf action at the Columbia Street (C-Street) break when the East Coast’s largest all-female surfing competition gets underway, beginning at 8a.m. and until 5p.m. each day.
In 1997, the East Coast WahineChampionship was the first all-female amateur surfing contest on the East Coast. Each year, girls of all ages and abilities convene in Wrightsville Beach to compete in Shortboard, Longboard, and Bodyboard divisions. A Novice division is open to surfer girls who have never before been in a contest; any size board is welcome. There’s also the ever-popular Guppy division (parental assistance allowed) for the age 10 and under surfers and body-boarders (Guppies surf Sunday only).
The North Carolina island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach are renowned as great places to learn to surf.
For information on accommodations and a complete calendar of events in Wilmington, North Carolina and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach visit www.gocapefearcoast.com
For more information about top events in North Carolina take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in North Carolina.