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It might be cold outside but that’s not stopping women who love to surf and over 100 women and girls will participate in the first female event series in Australia on Sunday at Lennox Head.

The ‘Challenge Her Team’s Classic’ will run a main surf event along with a full day of development workshops at the Lennox Head Cultural Centre.

The event was developed to inspire and empower girls and women of all ages and abilities to participate in surfing as a sport. It is an inclusive team format that encourages everyone to have a go. The format takes the pressure off individual performance and focuses on fun, participation, team camaraderie and is a unique celebration of women in sport.

Her Wave Program Manager Claire Ellem said the event has been a huge success across the state. ‘We’re stoked to bring the third and final event of the Challenge Her Team’s Classic to Lennox Head after so much success at Newcastle and Kiama. Lennox is the home of the All Girls Board Riders Club who have led by example with women’s participation in surfing so we can’t wait to have them host this final event.’

Teams from across the NSW North Coast will participate in 80-minute heats in a relay-style event whereby surfers run out, catch their best wave and return to shore to tag their next team member.

As well as the main surf team event there are a number of workshops and clinics running throughout the day at the Lennox Head Cultural Centre, these include:

  • Shortboard Technical Workshop 8.15am
  • Longboard Technical Workshop 9am
  • Learn to Surf 8am – sold out
  • Behind the Lens Surf Photography Workshop 10am
  • Train Like a Woman Workshop 11am
  • Surf Apnea & Survival Techniques 11am
  • Ocean-women in Business 1pm
  • Balance Board Clinic 1.30pm

Coordinator Community Facilities Roberta O’Brien said it is exciting to welcome the event to the Lennox Head Cultural Centre. ‘Sunday’s program looks great, so I’d encourage local women and girls to consider the workshops and clinics on offer that are being hosted by local and industry professionals.’

Space is limited, bookings via communityspaces.com.au/tickets

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