Friday, July 26, 2013

Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic, 2013

See more photos of the Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic
The Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic is an annual celebration of our female surfers of every age and ability. Co-hosted by Jo Pickett of Crystal South Surf Camp and Jack Viorel of IndoJax Surf School, the surfing event features amateur to pro levels in the following divisions:
  • Pro Shortboard and Pro Longboard, open to all ages
  • Amateur shortboard and longboard, grouped by age
  • Novice category, open to all ages competing in their FIRST contest
  • Stand Up Paddleboard (a NEW division!)
  • Guppy event, a crowd favorite to complete the competition
The event is scheduled for August 17 and 18, 2013 with an event banquet on Saturday night, August 17.

Prizes will be awarded to ALL Amateur Finalists. Pro Finalists will receive a cash purse.

Get all of the details as well as a history of the event at www.wrightsvillebeachwahineclassic.com.

See awesome photos of the past Wahine Classic competitions here.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Sunset SUP Series in Wrightsville Beach

Have you ever wondered if you have what it takes to be an SUP contender? Every Thursday evening from now through August 29th, you'll be able to test your prowess and hone your skills at the Sunset SUP Series.

The SUP races begin at the Blockade Runner sound side dock each Thursday at 6 pm. The address for the beach resort hotel is 275 Waynick Blvd. Simply arrive early enough to register and unload your gear. The event is free! Remember that PFDs and leashes are required by the U.S. Coast Guard.

There will be two races for both the Men's and Women's Intermediate and Elite Divisions. The courses will start from the Blockade Runner and change weekly. Courses will be set up based on the conditions and announced by 4 pm each Thursday. After a fun and challenging race, participants can enjoy post-race refreshments provided by Natty Greene's Brewing Company.

It typically takes 30 to 45 minutes to complete the course. Please note that participants will be responsible for securing their own parking space, along Waynick Blvd.

For more details, please call the Blockade Runner at 910-256-2251 or visit the event page at: events.blockade-runner.com/sunset-sup-series/

Friday, July 19, 2013

Airlie Gardens Summer Concert Series

If you still have not made it to Airlie Gardens for the Summer Concert Series, don't worry - there's still time! The lovely landscape, mighty oaks, and ocean breezes make this venue one of the area's most special. Every first and third Friday from now through September 20th, the concerts will be held from 6 to 8 pm. A free trolley leaving from the Cinema 6 parking lot, which is adjacent to Tidal Creek on Oleander Drive, will shuttle guests to and from Airlie. The trolley is also equipped for handicapped guests.

Before you head out the door for an evening of great music, make sure to pack a blanket or beach chair. Coolers and picnic baskets are welcome, however, beer and wine are the only allowable alcoholic beverages. For those who'd like to purchase a ready-made picnic, Front Street Brewery will also be on hand for each concert with a variety of delicious offerings along with some of their best brews and seasonal wines.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $2 for kids, and Members of Airlie get in for free. Here is a look at the upcoming schedule:

July 19th - Jack Jack 180 - Wear comfortable attire for this band because you're likely going to be on your feet and rocking out in no time! Jack Jack 180's playlist covers a broad range of genres, including pop, rock, and alternative.

August 2nd - The 360 Degrees - Wilmington's #1 Party Band has a reputation for soulful tunes from James Brown, Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder to 80s sensations The B-52s and Pat Benetar, plus covers from new artists like Joss Stone. Question is: "Can you keep your flip-flops on?"

August 16th - Grenoldo Frazier - This Port City native has quite a large local following. And no wonder-he is an accomplished composer, pianist, and actor. Frazier's smooth jazz stylings and masterful stage presence never disappoint.

September 6th - Stardust - Comprised of some of the most talented area musicians, this jazz ensemble is a proven crowd pleaser. Their repertoire includes traditional jazz, a little swing, a bit of Big Band and a few party hits.

September 20th - The Imitations - Chosen to wrap up the concert series, this lively bunch of musicians always leaves their fans wanting more. Take it from the band, who plays Beach, Soul, and Rock and Roll and "make every party a par-tay!"

If you need more information, please call the Airlie Gardens office at 798-7700.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Surfalorus, Wrightsville Beach 2013

Wrightsville Beach truly hits its stride during the summer months.  The island and the beaches are hopping and the community embraces this season with lots of fun, family-oriented events and things to do.  Check out this special event happening in July:

Second Annual Surfalorus Film Festival

On Thursday, July 18th through Saturday the 20th, it's time to channel your inner Moondoggie and Gidget for this unparalleled surf event, the Surfalorus Film Festival. A full daily roster of short and feature films will be shown at outdoor venues in Carolina Beach, historic downtown, and Wrightsville Beach. The films will feature their fair share of ripping and shredding plus a range of topics, including conservation, coastal preservation, and surfing lifestyles around the globe. In addition to the films, there will be a variety of other activities, music and the Board and Beach Expo at Tidal Creek on Saturday.

The festivities kick off on Thursday evening at Carolina Beach's Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar. The band starts at 6:30 pm, followed by fireworks at 9 pm and 2 films at 9:30 pm.

On Friday morning, get your sesh in early so you can head to Red Dogs at Wrightsville Beach for an unforgettable day of surf films. The first screening starts at 10 am with a collection of 9 short films wrapping up just after 7 pm.  Later in the evening, at 8 pm, the party moves to Jengo's Playhouse downtown, where there will be live music and 2 more films.

Don't stay out too late because the fun intensifies on Saturday morning at Tidal Creek Co-op. There will be activities for the whole family, beginning at 10 am. Get there early to try "Surfer's Yoga" from the Wilmington Yoga Center, watch a demo by local surfboard shapers, sample microbrews, visit surf vendors, and take part in a coastal cooking workshop with local chef, James Bain. If you're worried about the July heat - don't sweat it - just cool off with a ride down the All-Day Slip-N-Slide!

The final leg of Surfalorus wraps up at Jengo's Playhouse. Films will run from 5 pm until-culminating with the Surfalorus Night Cap-a showing of vintage surf classics at 11 pm.

Get your tickets and plan your strategy now! As with any film festival, it is advised to read about what is showing, when and where, so you won't miss anything on your personal "must-see" list.

Please use this link to view the full schedule along with the list of films and more information: www.surfalorus.com
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