Location: Merewether beach, Newcastle NSW
Date: Saturday 26th-27th March 2022
Event enquiries contact – Uncle Kevin McKenny – 0408253156
OPEN MEN, WOMEN, JUNIOR MALE and FEMALE and LONGBOARD DIVISIONS FOR INDIGENOUS SURFERS ONLY
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OPEN MEN – PRIZEMONEY $10,000
OPEN WOMEN – PRIZEMONEY $10,000
JUNIOR BOYS – PRIZEMONEY $2,000
JUNIOR GIRLS – PRIZEMONEY $2000
OPEN LONGBOARD – PRIZEMONEY $2,000
NOTE: Multiple division entry is permitted in Open, Women’s, Junior.
The Wandiyali ATSI Indigenous Classic, the richest Indigenous surf contest in Australia, will take place at Merewether Beach on Saturday 26th March and Sunday 27th March 2022.
The event is set to again offer Australia’s biggest purse for an Indigenous surfing competition, offering a total prize money pool of $24,000 for male and female Indigenous surfers. This event remains the richest indigenous surfing contest in world and is an important part of the Surfest festival.
Wandiyali Indigenous Classis brings surfers, from around the nation, of all different age groups, together.
It is a wonderful way for different communities to connect and enjoy the sport they love.
Wandiyali has been a part of Surfest for 20 years. To start off the event there will be a Smoking Ceremony and dancers for 2022 will be the Kare Yarn Torres Strait Islander Dancers.
Wandiyali have doubled the Open Women’s prizemoney and will also be raffling off a hand painted surfboard from a Wiradjuri/Unkya woman- Lauren Freestone. A catered a BBQ dinner will be offered in 2022.
Surfest organiser Warren Smith said, “After witnessing some outstanding surfing in excellent conditions in 2020 Surfest is again very proud to present the Wandiyali Indigenous Classic. To see the event grow over the years to now have four divisions is a testament to the events popularity. The surfing is of the highest level and the support from the community is great to see.”
Co-founder and CEO of Wandiyali ATSI Steve Kilroy said; “Wandiyali is beyond excited for the 2022 Wandiyali Indigenous Classic. We will build on the recent success of moving the event to a weekend format for the past two years.
In 2022 the 36th anniversary of Surfest we believe many more contestants will enter across all divisions to make the event bigger and better than ever before.
For us here at Wandiyali, and for the surfers in the events, it is all about showcasing Indigenous talent in different ways. The Wandiyali Classic is a great way for mob to catch up, connect and show off their talents.
The 2022 Wandiyali Indigenous Classic will showcase to a wide audience the very best Indigenous surfers in the land as well as plenty of on and off shore activities.”