Classic on the coast

The Rip Curl West Coast Classic will attract locals and visitors the annual surfing showcase in Marrawah this weekend. Rudy Davis, pictured performing at the Under 21 event last year, is among the front runners heading for the open men’s title. Photo courtesy of Paul Campbell.

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Surfing. A convoy of cars complete with surfboards strapped to roof racks will converge on the Marrawah coastline this weekend.

The annual Rip Curl West Coast Classic will attract surfers from all corners of the state to the local hotspot for the only all ages surfing event in Tasmania.

While the location of the surfing spectacle largely depends on the weather dished up on the day, Surfing Tasmania contest director Glenn Saltmarsh says the action will feature a “classic west coast swell”.

“We’re expecting one to three foot waves on Saturday and the swell will slowly build overnight, Sunday could be tricky for us with south westerly winds,” he says, “we could be forced to run Sunday at Lighthouse [or] West Point with onshore winds which is unfavourable.

“On Monday we’re talking four to six-and-a-half metre waves, the forecast is looking good to run finals at Greens but we may need to run the main divisions at Bluff Point where some of the most challenging waves on the west coast are. That will make an epic final to a big weekend!”

Hamish Renwick, Rudy Davis, Shae Cadle and Liam Viney are among the men’s front runners while Marrawah’s own Sarah Prior is gearing up for a tight women’s competition as more than 120 surfers are expected to compete across the 16 divisions.

Presented by Rapid Media, the Rip Curl West Coast Classic will be held from Saturday March 10 to Monday March 12.

The event is held in high environmental and heritage value locations and conducted under a permit from Parks and Wildlife Service. Vehicles must stay on approved access tracks and no fires or dogs are permitted.

For more information about the event visit Marrawah General Store or ‘Like’ the Surfing Tasmania Facebook page.

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