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AUG 2017

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Page 44 of 67 August 2017 45 area dubbed Surf City USA. One of the biggest areas of growth in surfing is among female participants, with more women in competitions than ever before, including women in the World Surf League's big-wave competi- tion for the first time ever last fall. Female surfers were set to descend on Wrightsville Beach, N.C., August 12 and 13 for its Wahine Classic. "There are only a handful of surf com- petitions on the East Coast for ladies," said Jo Pickett, event organizer, surf teacher and former US National Short- board Champion. "The Wahine Classic at Wrightsville Beach is recognized as one of the majors, in good company with Jacksonville, Folly Beach and Virginia Beach." Along with new entries in 2017, Pickett expects most participants from last year to return. "Girls from Virgin- ia to Florida make their way here to compete," Pickett said. "They love this competition because they get to know each other and learn from each other in a supportive environment." Mary Baggett, Wrightsville resident and co-owner of host hotel Blockade Runner Beach Resort, said it's ► Ed Potter Surfers of all ages visit Wrightsville Beach, N.C., for the Wahine Classic. Wahine Classic Ambassador Leah Thompson is pictured at right.

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