7 June 23
News from Sean McKeown: 2019 saw the inaugural Kirra Longboard Klassic start life as a one-day event for local Longboarders, designed to encourage many of those that were new to longboard surfing, the object was and continues to be on running a well-organised event and having fun. The major award for the weekend is the Macca trophy in memory of Mark McNamara RIP. This trophy is given to the surfer having the most fun. Every year the reach of the Klassic increases, with entries already received from NZ, Vic, NSW, and WA.
To encourage a more diverse array of surfers, competitors are welcome to Compete on everything from longboards to mini-mals. Fun boards and soft-tops also make an appearance. However, competitors are judged on longboarding criteria. Judges still want to see competitors surfing all of the board on all of the wave.
In keeping with having fun, it’s not unusual to see competitors riding waves standing on their heads or doing a dead cockroach.
One of the activities for the weekend that brings everyone together in the water is the Adaptive Surfing Exhibition. Here surfers with various disabilities are given a hand to access the waves that others take for granted.
Surfing concludes on the Sunday with a fancy dress surf off which has attracted celebrities like Capt. Jack Sparrow, Shark Man, it’s even attracted the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
We can’t promise you a Kirra barrel, but we can promise you a good time. - SEAN McKEOWN
All contest participants get a free entry to Surfstock.