NEWPORT — It’s been five years, but a surf competition is coming back to Newport!
Newport Parks and Recreation is excited to announce the Agate Beach Surf Classic Oct. 9-11. Surfers across the Pacific Northwest will compete in a much missed event at Agate Beach. This three-day event will have surfing divisions for adults and youth.
This contest is the revival of a former contest started by local surf legend and board shaper, Steve Swan. With the help of Ossies Surf Shop, Rogue Brewery and volunteer surfers, the city of Newport is able to breathe new life into this old contest known as The Rogue Gathering.
Attendance is free. Surfers will gather at 8 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday for the first heats and will be competing in five divisions: youth 12 and under (with or without a parent); women 13 and older; junior men 13-19; men 20-49; and men 50 and older in Honor of Bear Club Legends. Competitors, family and friends will congregate Saturday evening for a contest party hosted by Rogue Brewery.
All proceeds from the event will go toward the development of the Agate Beach Wayside Project enhancements. The project has been in the making since 2011 through federal, state and city funding. The enhancement project will include reconfiguration of the wayside to increase available parking, construction of restrooms and showers, and sidewalk and trail improvements from the wayside to the beach.
Major sponsors of the Agate Beach Surf Classic include the City of Newport Parks and Recreation, Ossies Surf Shop, Rogue Brewery and Ocean Pulse. Other contributors include Surfrider Foundation, Murdey Surfboards, Russo Surfboards, Bike Newport, Szabo’s Steakhouse & Seafood, Roby’s Furniture, Crossfit Newport, Quicksilver and Roxy.
Advance registration is now open. Online, registration is $40 until Oct. 6. Day-of registration is $50, but there is no guarantee of open spaces on the day of the contest.