Surfers converge on Westport this weekend


The 12th annual Clean Water Classic surfing competition — which benefits local Surfrider Foundation Chapters in the Pacific Northwest — is this Saturday and Sunday in Westport.

The event usually draws around 60 to 80 contestants, said Westport’s Islander Hotel manager Aliza Etsy.

“They usually fill up the beach, the whole park and parking lot,” she said, adding the Islander expects to fill all of its 32 rooms this weekend.

Sponsored by Subaru of Puyallup, it is the longest running Pro/Am surfing competition in the Northwest. The weekend event raises awareness of regional Surfirider Foundation campaigns and will have live music, a vendor village, silent auction and a raffle. The event attracts hundreds of spectators and competitors from all over the world.

The surfers will compete in eight separate categories and all competitors will receive trophies and prizes; prize money will be awarded for the Men’s and Women’s Shortboard Pro/Am division.

Guitarist Elias Kauhane and Big Blue Van are scheduled acts at the Westport’s Islander Hotel and Half Moon Bay Bar and Grill from 6 p.m. to midnight both Friday and Saturday night. While the event has been hosted by other Westport venues, the Islander is once again the location sponsor this year and will be providing accommodations and an RV park in addition to the live entertainment.

Also included is a Kid’s Surf Camp for the area’s youth run by Warm Current, a non-profit organization with a mission to teach, inspire and support under served communities and youth through surfing. This is the second year that the kid’s camp has been added to the competition. To assist the organization in providing access to ocean recreation for kids in Washington, Oregon and around the world, attendees are asked to bring new or used wet suits for donation.

For more information, visit clearwaterclassic.com, or call the Islander Resort at (360) 268-9166.