One hundred and twelve of the South Coast’s top surfers will compete in the seven divisions of the Werri Slash, to be held in Gerringong on 14-15 May.
“A lot of people who have won divisions here have gone on to professional careers,” says the event’s organiser Dave Hunt. “We only accept Illawarra and South Coast residents to give them the chance to compete. There are plenty of other competitions for Sydney and the North Coast surfers to enter, but not many opportunities down here on their home turf.”
The opening and elimination rounds are held on Saturday, starting from 7.30am. The quarter finals are on Sunday morning, with the finals starting sometime after noon and finishing around 3pm.
The location of the competition on the beach will depend on what the wind is doing to the surf, with the headlands providing protection from southeries and northeries.
A Surf Music Festival has been organised for the Saturday afternoon/evening to coincide with the Slash.