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. 34 years and still going.. and growing

The Classic encompasses three water disciplines Stand Up Paddle (SUP) surfing, wave sailing and kite surfing. So 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 2 to 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, 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 34th 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
    · 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.



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.
Last November at the Merimbula Sailboard Comp on the South Coast of New South Wales, BWS teamed up with Namotu Island to give one lucky up-and-comer the chance to join us in Fiji. Lucas Hearn was the stand-out and has just returned from a week of wind and waves with Ben and the crew. We asked him a few questions to find out more about this Sunshine Coast kid.
BORN: 19th October 1995
LIVES: Sunshine Beach, Queensland, Australia
RIDES: I ride the 10m and 8m Noise kites the majority of the time but have a 6m for the super windy days. I ride the 5'7 Rawson – it’s a great all-round board cause it can stay on rail with lots of power for big drawn-out turns but is also really manoeuvrable so you can bust the tail out on big sections.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO KITESURFING? I started kitesurfing when I was about 10 or 11, just mucking around on the beach with an old two line after getting lessons from Keahi's dad, Chris De Aboitiz. It kinda just started off as something to do when the surf was bad and blown out, but the more I started kiting out in the waves the more I got hooked on it. It just offers a lot more freedom than surfing; if you want to hit a section that's 20 metres away, you can get there in seconds. You don't have that option when you surf.
ANY OTHER SPORTS? WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN THERE’S NO WIND? I like to keep pretty active; I hate sitting around doing nothing so when there're waves at home, I’ll surf pretty much all day. If the waves are flat and the wind’s minimal, I’ll go spear fishing around the headlands or ride my dirt bike.
WHAT DO YOU TRAVEL WITH? If I'm going on a surf trip I'll normally take 3-4 surfboards, just for different sized waves. For kitesurfing trips I take a couple surfboards - my 5'7 Rawson and all my kites (6, 8, 10). You never know what the conditions will be like.
ULTIMATE DESTINATION? I've spent a lot of time in Indonesia. It's pretty sick and you’re always guaranteed waves somewhere, but after my recent trip to Fiji I would have to say Namotu knocks it out of the park. There are perfect surf breaks straight out the front of the resort that are unbelievable to kitesurf. When Namotu Lefts is head-high to overhead and the wind’s up, it's pretty flawless. If the wind’s light you can still surf a number of places, go fishing, spearfishing, snorkelling, whatever... It's pretty much paradise and I’ll definitely be heading back as soon as I can. The staff are super friendly and welcoming, it doesn't get much better than that!!
BEST PART OF THE BW KITE WEEKS? Apart from the pumping surf and howling kite sessions, I'd have to say the best part about the kite weeks is the whole vibe about it. You’re not pressured into doing anything - you can join in on all the sessions, but if you just want to chill out and relax you can do so without anyone hassling you to go in the water. My favourite part was just being able to have fun sessions with tons of cool people, and seeing everyone push themselves to try different things. Kiting with Ben, Ian and Ryan was a highlight. A few sessions we had at Wilke’s and Swimming Pools were all-time; just seeing who can stomp the biggest cleanest air. It was sick.