Surf’s up on Folly Beach for the annual Wahine Classic, a fun, family-friendly and empowering weekend of surfing competition for girls of all ages that raises money and awareness for great nonprofit causes.
Founded in 2001 by Katie Coryell and Kelly Kane Wood, The Wahine Classic at The Washout is the first all-women’s surf contest in South Carolina.
Over the years, the contest has continued to grow into one of the East Coast’s premier surfing events, with women’s surfing pioneer Mimi Munro competing in the Wahine Classic in 2008.
As the competition has grown, so to have the contest categories, with pro divisions being added in 2013 and prize money awarded to the best shortboard and longboard competitor of any age. There are also novice, stand up paddleboard (SUP) and bodyboard divisions.
The uplifting event attracts numerous repeat participants and visitors to Folly to enjoy the amazing atmosphere and support good causes.
Following day one of the competition, contestants gather for a special competitor’s party featuring dinner and live music-surf tunes of course-to unwind and relax.
The Wahine Classic is typically held in late spring, but you can follow their Facebook page (Folly Beach Wahine Classic) for updates and the latest news on this year’s event.
Visit their website follywahine.org to learn more about the competition or for information on becoming a sponsor.