Classic’s waves beckon

Big waves are expected to lure amateur surfers from Lincoln County and the Northwest Sept. 6-8 for the Agate Beach Surf Classic. (Photo courtesy City of Newport)

NEWPORT — Organizers are predicting powerful waves for the annual Agate Beach Surf Classic Sept. 6-8 and scores of amateur surfers to ride them.

The prize-laden event is a unique partnership between the city of Newport, local surf shops and other businesses, according to Sports Program Supervisor Mike Cavanaugh.

“It is a one of a kind event on the Pacific Northwest Coast,” he said, adding there will be music, food and a beer garden both days.

Packet pickup is on Friday evening, Sept. 6, at Ossies Surf Shop in Agate Beach. Surfers will compete on Saturday and Sunday at Agate Beach, just south of the lighthouse. Competitive heats will start at 8 a.m. For additional information, visit NewportSurfClassic.com or contact the Newport Parks & Recreation Department at 541-574-5453.

Event pre-registration is $40 online; day of registration is $50 and closes 15 minutes prior to the first heat. Prizes are given to the top three competitors in each division, with an open raffle on Sunday for those that buy tickets during the two-day event.

All proceeds from the event go toward the youth scholarship program at the Newport Recreation Center, allowing children from economically disadvantaged households the opportunity to participate in a number of recreation programs.

Among the event’s sponsors are Ossies Surf Shop, 10 Barrel Brewing Company, the Newport News-Times and Murdey Surfboards with major support from the Newport Chamber of Commerce.

 

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