Bright and Happy since 1980
Now in its 34th year the Merimbula Classic is a celebration of fun and good times both on and off the water.
Contestants are invited to enter into a 4 day contest of wave sailing, kite surfing and stand up paddling around 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.
Check back regularly for more details
The contest owes its existence to the many varied and highly valued sponsors. It is a unique opportunity for companies to exhibit their products to an enthusiastic and appreciative audience. Full sponsors list on sponsors page
This year there will be four separate Stand Up Paddle events: note that times may vary according to conditions:
1. The Dog-Man SUP surf event compered and judged by the Dogman himself on the best wave time. Run when conditions suit. Stuffed and plastic dogs welcome. Best dog wins a bone.
2. Saturday am: Balmoral Paddlesurf Beach to Bar . 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. Sunday am: The SUP ATX Surf SUP Off's The same teams from the Balmoral Beach to Bar race compete in the penultimate 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 compete a lap on the same board used the day before.
One board. Team of 4 x 4 laps. Everyone must race.
Divisions for the two team events
14' (max length) class…. 1st- prize. 2nd - prize 3rd- prize
12'6 (max length) class…. 1st- prize. 2nd - prize 3rd- prize
4. Lahui Kai Merimbula Bay run: SUP down wind'r. 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 N'Easter and in reverse in a southerly. The window for running this race will be over Friday, Saturday and Sunday to maximise the best conditions for this race.
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 kilometres. Leashes and brightly coloured tops mandatory. Buoyancy recommended (??)
Divisions for the Lahui Kai Down wind'r
14' (max length) class
Trophies for first man, women, Master (45+) and Jnr 15 and under
Merimbula Sailboard Club presents
27th - 30th November 2014
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. Details on their Facebook page
Accommodation in Merimbula
Check out our sponsors when searching for accommodation in the area
Check us out on Facebook
Email contest co-ordinator John Smythe.