Bright and Happy since 1980
This is a 4 day contest of wave sailing, kite surfing and stand up paddling at Merimbula on the Far South Coast of NSW.
The contest is the longest running event of its kind in the world and many wave sailors /kite surfers have been attending for over 20 years. People come from all around Australia, and overseas, to enjoy what the area has to offer, share good times with friends and catch up with other tribe members in a friendly atmosphere of good times and happy vibes.
You are invited to be part of this celebration.
4 day programme outline
The BBQ fires up each morning for pre sailing fuel-up. The official action each day will begin after the 10am briefing.
All Contestant MUST attend the daily 10am briefings at the shed.
INSURANCE is required for entry into all disciplines. Ensure your annual membership is current. Facilities are available for renewal at the competition but this may delay your registration. Be pro-active and complete this PRIOR to arrival.
Club Sapphire is the evening venue each night. Friday night is open mike... Bring your instruments, maestros ! Rock out on Saturday night in your LOUD gear, and wind down at the presentation on Sunday night from 6pm.
Merimbula SUP-OFF events
This year there will be four separate Stand Up Paddle events held over Saturday and Sunday
1. The Dog-Man SUP surf event (Run when conditions suit). Stuffed and plastic dogs welcome. Best dog wins a bone.
2. Balmoral Paddlesurf Beach to Bar (Saturday am) The 4 man tag-team spectacular. The team relay begins with a long paddle down the lake right through town to the Bar Beach where the 2nd paddler is tagged to paddle down to Main beach. The 3rd paddler goes back up to Bar Beach and the 4th returns to Main Beach to be showered in glory.
3. The SUP ATX Surf SUP Off's(Sunday am) The same 4 person teams from the Balmoral Beach to Bar race compete in the SUP Surf relay right out front at Main Beach. An M-course is set through the surf zone with a sprint to the beach to tag the next team member. All team members must complete a lap on the same board used the day before... ie one board.
Divisions for the two team events
a) 14' (max length) class…prizes for 1, 2, 3
b) 12'6 (max length) class…prizes for 1, 2,3
4. Lahui Kai Merimbula Bay run: SUP down wind'r ..(The window for running this race will be over Friday, Saturday and Sunday to maximise the best conditions for this race)... The ultimate SUP race - paddling downwind for 8k's with the wind on your back. Paddle from Main Beach Merimbula to Pambula Beach in a NE and reverse in a southerly.
Leashes and brightly coloured tops are mandatory. Buoyancy vest recommended, but will become mandatory for wind over 20knots
Please note, there will be a cut off time to the first up-wind turning buoy to continue in this race as paddling experience is required to paddle down-wind safely for 8 km.
Divisions for the Lahui Kai Down wind'r
14' (max length) class
Trophies for first man, woman, Master (45+) and Jnr (15 and under )
Once again we are thrilled with the level of support from our valued sponsors.. Check them out here.
The oval will be a hive of activity with sponsors exhibiting their goodies. Please show your support to these people, without whom this event just could not happen.
New sponsors are welcome... please contact John Smythe for details.
Merimbula Sailboard Club presents
The theme for the weekend is
Saturday Night is Party Night
Kite Surfing Nationals from Monday 24th November
The National kite surfing championships will be running in Merimbula just prior to the Merimbula Classic. There will be a welcome BBQ at the shed on Sunday 23rd November from 5.30pm. Contestants/family welcome
Accommodation in Merimbula
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Email contest co-ordinator John Smythe.