The Folly Beach Wahine Classic surf competition is back July 30-31. | Photo by Rūta Smith

Women and girls of all ages will storm the Lowcountry surf this weekend during the 20th annual Wahine Classic at Folly Beach’s Washout on Saturday and Sunday.

“We have 175 competitors signed up already – our biggest event by a landslide,” said Nicole Elko, director of the Wahine Classic.

The competition is the first and only all-female surf competition in South Carolina and welcomes competitors of all ages to the beach for a day of friendly surf competition and comradery. 

​​“It started out as a smaller contest for girls to get an opportunity to come together,” Elko told City Paper last year. “The mission and intent has really stayed the same over the last 20 years. It’s a time for us to get together in what is traditionally a pretty male-dominated sport to just have the Washout to ourselves and enjoy some sisterhood time together.”

Competitors can check in for the competition from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday at the Folly Beach Wahine Classic Headquarters at 403 East Huron Avenue. Participants will receive a T-shirt, welcome bag and contest schedule.

The two-day competition begins at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Spectators are welcome to come watch the competition, socialize and peruse the sponsor tents. 

On Saturday at 5 p.m., participants can head to The Washout restaurant at 41 Center St. for a competitors’ party, which includes a taco buffet, drinks and music.

Non-competitors are welcome to join the party with a $5 donation. The restaurant’s regular menu is also available to event spectators.

After the 4 p.m. awards ceremony on Sunday, competitors and spectators can join in on a beach sweep to ensure that no trace of trash is left behind.


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