New date for popular Wavefest

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Last year’s Wavefest winners Lachy Ross and Holly Minter.
Camera IconLast year’s Wavefest winners Lachy Ross and Holly Minter. Credit: Albany Boardriders

The 22nd edition of Wavefest, the region’s premier surfing contest, will be held on a new date this weekend as competitors prepare to tackle tricky conditions in their bid to hold the trophy aloft.

This year’s Wavefest will be held on Saturday and Sunday, away from the traditional timeslot of the June long weekend, which has been taken by Margaret River’s World Surf League event.

Once again, first prize in the open men’s and open women’s divisions is $1000 and strong fields across a number of other categories including over-30 women, over-35 men, over-45 men, over-50 men and over-60 men are expected.

Young gun Holly Minter will be out to defend her title in the open women’s field against some talented juniors, while 2018 open men’s winner Lachy Ross won’t compete at the weekend.

A quality men’s field will be assembled, including former winners Paul Dupuy, Adrian Shepherd and Robbie Mabbs.

The event is run by Albany Boardriders, with a new custom board from Aido’s Boardroom also up for grabs, drawn at the conclusion of the weekend.

Albany Boardriders president Peter Bolt said the conditions were going to make for an interesting weekend, with a location set late tomorrow afternoon.

“It’s a bit tricky on Saturday with the southerly wind,” Bolt said.

“We may do a half-day on Saturday and then a full day Sunday.

“The decision will be made on Friday night.

“I’d predict Mutton Bird or Parry’s for Saturday and then a good chance Sunday will be at Parry’s.”

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