Clean Water Classic kicks off today

The 11th annual Clean Water Classic, the largest pro-am surfing competition in the Pacific Northwest, kicks off today and continues through Sunday at Westport’s Westhaven State Park.

The festivities include live music, surfing movie showings, a vendor village, silent auction and raffle, and hundreds of surfers of all ages and abilities.

The event is a fundraiser for Pacific Northwest chapters of the Surfrider Foundation, the grassroots environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches.

The surfing competitions start today at 6:30 a.m. with a competitors meeting at the beach at Westhaven and heats until 5 p.m. Sunday heats start at 7 a.m. and last until 3 p.m. There will be beach cleanups both days from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.