June 20, 2011

Folly Beach Wahine Classic

The Post and Courier "Around 90 female surfers of all ages signed up for this year’s Folly Beach Wahine Classic, up from 60 last year." BY RYAN QUINN

'“That’s a big increase, and we’re stoked about it,” said Patti Noe, a co-director of the competition.

'Wahine (Hawaiian for “water woman”) competitions are all-female events held around the U.S. each year. The Folly Beach event, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, held its first 24 heats Saturday and will hold its finals today from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

'Noe, who has competed in the event all 10 years, said the Wahine contests bring a totally different vibe to the beach.

'“The girls still want to win, but they bring a lot of spirit with them,” Noe said. “We make friends at these contests and travel up and down the coast and do other Wahine events, so we’ve got girls here from North Carolina, Florida and Georgia and it’s just a fun time for us to come together.”'

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