The Merimbula Classic ... 4 days of wave sailing, kite surfing, Stand Up Paddle surfing around Merimbula on the far south coast of NSW.
It is the longest running event of its type in the world. 35 years and still going.. and growing
The Classic encompasses three water disciplines Stand Up Paddle (SUP) surfing, wave sailing and kite surfing. There is always something happening in the water from dawn to dusk.
This popular event attracts over 280 competitors from around Australia and overseas to Merimbula. Competitors from the US and Hawaii, Fiji, Greece, Great Britain, Noumea, Tahiti, the Carribean, Japan and NZ as well as Australia’s hottest riders.
Being at the beginning of summer the Classic is an ideal opportunity for sponsors to showcase their products, and being half way between Melbourne and Sydney and 3 hours drive from Canberra ensures a good turn up of both competitors and spectators.
The event generates great publicity throughout the SUP, wave sailing and kite surfing media as well as coverage and exposure, both locally and nationally.
Seabreeze forums buzz with the hype before and after each event,
Seabreeze.com.au has been awarded “Australia’s Most Popular Watersports Website” with over 500,000 visitors every month.
KITE Mag & SUP Mag, along with WIND Mag and SUPWORLD Magazine had extensive coverage of last year’s event, as well as actively promoting the event during the year.
We supply event footage for Channel 10’s Sports Tonight.
The Programme is sent out as an inset in local south coast paper, with wide circulation. The event also receives extensive radio coverage.
Become a sponsor The support of sponsors has been overwhelming and Merimbula Sailboard Club, through the event, encourages all participants to support those sponsors. The sponsors benefit from association with such a popular event held at the start of the surfing/sailing/kiting season.
For our 35th event we offer sponsors the following benefits:
· You become part of this long established popular event,
· All sponsors names appear on the poster that stays up long after the event as a “collectors item.”
· Sponsors flags/banners are flown during the event and promo items distributed.
· Sponsors can display their products at the venue during the event
· All sponsors logos appear on our web-site www.merimbulasailboardclub.com.au
· Thursday night is DVD/Video night where sponsors can play their latest promo videos
· Sponsors details are listed in the programme.
· At the presentation your prizes are lavishly presented for all to see.
Local food producers wil be showcasing their gourmet food at the beach bar on Friday night.
Academy Surfing Instructors prize
7nights at the ASI villa in Balian Bali, for up to 6 guests.
Namotu Island BWS prize
Once again BWS will team up with Namotu Island resort to award a prize of a week with Ben and crew on Namotu Island Fiji.
Each July and August Kitesurfing Legend, Ben Wilson and his team hold their kite weeks on the exclusive Fijian Island Resort NAMOTU. The kite weeks cater to all levels, from the absolute beginner to the more experienced kiter looking to fine tune their riding under guidance of the master himself. Ben has been traveling to Namotu for around 17 years now to surf, fish and of course to kite. So he knows this place like no other and is stoked to be able to share his favourite Island getaway with new friends.
After flying into Nadi International Airport, Namotu is just a short bus trip and boat ride away. Both transfers are organised by the Island so there's no need to worry about arranging it yourself. The week is super relaxed and although there's loads to do and kite instruction every day, there are no rules, you can spend your day however you wish. Namotu sits proudly surrounded by world class surf breaks, warm 26 degree crystal clear water, plentiful fish and marine life. So no matter the conditions, you have a wealth of options available on tap and a crew that is dedicated to ensuring you have the best time possible during your stay.
One of the unique advantages of Namotu is the boat support. There is always a boat ready to take you to the line up or there if you need to be picked up when you're kiting. You'll never be stranded miles from a cold beer and hot shower! Namotu's Lifeguards are also around to help out and make sure everyone is safe and surfing the best breaks for the conditions.
The kiting set up is insane: Namotu Lefts is a wave rider's dream, with perfect side-shore wind to get you onto smooth peeling waves all afternoon. The other side of the Island has endless room to get beginners up and going on the twin tip without having to stop. This makes the learning curve quicker and more relaxed.
Waqa's Bar is hands down the best place on the planet to have a cold beer after a long day in the water. It's also perfectly positioned on the beach so you can kick back and watch the other guests still out kiting on sunset. After a few coldies, the 6pm pre-dinner tempters start coming out. Typically a mix of local fish caught fresh that day, this is one of my highlights. The sushi is the best I've ever had anywhere. Dinner and lunch meals are healthy, restaurant quality and will definitely fill up depleted energy reserves so you're ready to charge again.
Namotu owners Scotty, Mandy and their lovable dogs are great hosts and go out of their way to provide any assistance you may need while staying on the Island. The Fijian staff are so friendly and really awesome people that smile all day long. I loved that.
To sum up, if you have a bucket list, then put Namotu to the very top. If you already kite or want to learn then come and join us at Namotu for the Ben Wilson Kite Weeks, you won't be disappointed! See bwsurf.com for more details