Australian surfer girls in Cronulla, back in 1962 

The Caltex / Honey Girls Surf Classic will take place at North Cronulla Beach over the October long weekend. The female only event will feature five divisions including; Open Women's Surfboard, U/16 Girls Surfboard, U/14 Girls Surfboard, Open Longboard and Open Bodyboard with a unique contest format that will encourage activation and participation.

Women's surfing dates back to pre 1962 in Cronulla at which point the Kurranulla Wahines, an all girls club was formed.

The beaches at Cronulla have been recognised within the National Surfing Reserve Scheme for their wave quality and cultural significance in the development of Australia's surfing culture. This event will begin another chapter in the proud surfing heritage of the area, particularly due to the unique way it will encourage and develop women's surfing and model positive active lifestyles.

In addition to the fun and excitement of the surfing action a Surfing Australia Judging and Officiating Course will be held to further enhance the calibre of accredited female judges within the Sydney area.

This initiative is part of the development and mentoring strategy embedded into the event structure which also includes a sportswomen's dinner, to be held at Rydges Cronulla Beach, where high profile female athletes will be on hand to encourage the competitors.

People enjoying the sunshine and surfing action at the Caltex / Honey Girls Surf Classic are also reminded to take care of their skin.

“To make the most out of surfing without getting burnt, keep your skin protected as the weather heats up," said Marion Carroll, Regional Program Coordinator Cancer Council NSW.

"There’s more to being “sunsmart” than just sunscreen – remember to also wear a rashie, hat and sunnies when you can, and take a break in the shade between sessions,” she said.

Whether in the surf or just taking part in the event, sun safety will be made easy for people enjoying the Girls Classic.

Keep an eye out for the shade marquees with free sunscreen and sun smart activities at the event! Sun safety is a part of enjoying the great outdoors, not just for surfers but the whole Sutherland community.

The event forms part of a schedule of competitions and programs run by Surfing NSW in conjunction with Sutherland Shire Council, providing high quality events and activities in the Sutherland Shire.


SOURCE: Surfing NSW