The Event: Female surfers from across the country converged at The Washout to celebrate the 21st Folly Beach Wahine Classic, named after the Hawaiian word for “surfer girl.” The competition kicked off on Saturday as 250 amateurs and pros, ages three to 73, took to the waves, competing in 17 short-and longboard divisions. After Sunday’s final heats, top performers were recognized during an awards ceremony. The Wahine Classic aims to empower women while raising funds and awareness for local simpatico nonprofits, including Surfers Healing and the local chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.
Highlight: The Teenie Wahine division, which allows girls under the age of eight to compete with the help of a parent
Overheard: “We are thrilled at the support the surfing community has shown for this event and couldn’t ask for a more memorable weekend.”—Wahine director Nicole Elko
Beneficiaries: Surfers Healing, Warrior Surf Foundation, and Waves 4 Women