Entries open for International Surfing Day Wooden Surfboard challenge

Surfrider Foundation has opened entries for its Roots of Surfing Wooden Surfboard Teams Challenge which will take place as part of International Surfing Day.

The event, which takes place Saturday 20 June, kicks off with the Teams Challenge at midday with only six teams competing in the competition as part of the celebration of sustainability and surfing lifestyle.

Following the Roots of Surfing Teams Challenges will be a one hour expression session, then dune care and clean up activities, with a screening of Sand Wars closing proceedings.

For the Teams Challenge, surfers will be asked to surf two waves in groups of six in a tag team format.

All surfers will ride a wooden surfboard (Alaia) which will be provided, along with all other necessary equipment. The judging format is under standard surfing competition criteria, but the emphasis will be very much on having fun and enjoying yourselves while helping promote sustainable surfing.

The expression session will feature experienced wooden surfboard enthusiasts who will show their prowess riding original style surfboards like Alaias, Paipos and Itakos. These ancient wooden craft date back thousands of years.

So if you’re an enthusiast, sustainable surfing advocate or complete novice who’d like to watch professionals or even try out one of these original surf crafts bring your family down to the beach for a fun day.

You can enter the Teams Challenge online through Surfing Queensland and it all takes place at Dune Cafe, Palm Beach on Saturday 20 June.

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