31st year for the Werri Slash

The Werri Autumn Slash, the longest running and biggest individual surfing competition on the Illawarra and South Coast, will this year introduce computer scoring to give surfers and spectators up-to-date progress of each heat.

From humble beginnings in 1988 with one tent for the judges and a battery powered megaphone catering for four age divisions, The Slash now carries six age divisions, with female age groups indicating the growth in female surfing numbers.

“Just about all surfers from the region who have carved out a career in professional surfing have all entered or won an age division of The Slash, using the event as a springboard onto the World Surf Tour,” says Dave Hunt of Werri Beach Boardriders, which organises the event.

These include a Who’s Who of professional and semi-professional surfers, including the current crop of WSL tour surfers such as Tyler Wright, Sally Fitzgibbons, Owen Wright, Nic Squiers, Dean Bowen and Ty Watson.

Details: 2-3 June, Werri Beach, Gerringong.
7am starts, with finals beginning early Sunday afternoon

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