S.C. Governors Cup of Surfing and Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series to hold championships this weekend
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Championships in the Lowcountry arenít limited to the PGA this weekend.
Statewide surfing and a local triathlon both offer contests for grand titles, as well. The only difference is the winners in these two contests wonít take home any prize money.
The South Carolina Governorís Cup, the 24th annual surfing state championship for the Southern S.C. district of the Eastern Surfing Association, is expected to draw up to 200 surfers ages 6-65 on Saturday and Sunday at The Washout on Folly Beach.
Surfing starts around 8 a.m. and wraps up around 4 p.m. both days.
Last yearís event was so jammed with surfers that organizers resorted to an unprecedented ďthree beaching,Ē holding three heats at one time. That led to requiring that surfers at this yearís event be members of the ESA, according to one of the main organizers, Nancy Hussey.
ďWe had to tighten it up a bit,Ē Hussey said, adding that surfers can join the ESA for $40 this week if they are not current members.
The Governorís Cup is the crescendo of the annual surf season, which features 16 contests ó the first was in February with the Ice Box Open and will wrap up in October with the Joe Hiller Longboard Classic and SUP contest on Isle of Palms.
New to the Governorís Cup this year will be an exhibition contest for stand-up paddleboard surfing, which was officially approved as a contest category by the ESA at the Surf Expo earlier this year, according to Hussey.
Highlights for spectators wanting to view any surfing action will be the tandem surfing preliminary contest held throughout the day Saturday and the finals, likely to be about 3 p.m. Sunday.
Also Sunday, the ďPush íní SurfĒ features the surfers of the future: about 30 2-year-olds being pushed by mom or dad in a ďcontestĒ at about 1 p.m.
For more, go to http://ssc.surfesa.org.
Triís big day
The championship race in the 22nd annual Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series will be at 7:15 a.m. Sunday at James Island County Park.
Race Director Paul King said the event counts as double points for the series scoring system, which requires competitors to race in at least three of the five races.
In all, 32 division and age group categories will be determined Sunday.
Though the event is still open for registration, King expects it to reach its cap of 375 by Sunday morningís start.
Even if you donít want to participate, the county park is a spectator-friendly place to watch the 600-yard pond swim, 12-mile bike and 3.1-mile run.
Find out more at www.ccprc.com.
The water theme of the weekend continues with the Mount Pleasant Junior Regatta, to be held Saturday at the Hobcaw Yacht Club.
The Mount Pleasant Recreation Department is coordinating the regatta, geared for youths who have little racing experience but possess basic boat-handling skills.
Boat classes will include optimist (green, white, blue and red), sunfish, 420 and laser.
A limited number of optimists and 420 boats will be available for use on a first-come, first-served basis and must be reserved in advance by calling Tina Carter at 849-2061.
Pre-registration is $20 per boat and ends at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at recreation department offices at the G.M. Darby Building in the Old Village, the R.L. Jones Recreation Center on Egypt Road and at Park West.
On-site registration is $25 and will be 9-11 a.m. Saturday. Racing starts at 12:30 p.m.
Find out more at www.tompsc.com.
Wakeboarding, using cables, not boats, takes the stage Sunday at Trophy Lakes on Johns Island. The event starts at 10 a.m. and lasts into the evening.
Riding is accompanied by the music of DJ Atlas during the afternoon and The Dubplates during finals.
According to its Facebook page, ďother events include throwing pies at beautiful women for donations, a jump castle for the ninos, and adult beverages for the bearded.Ē
Cost is $40 to ride and $10 to watch.
Reach David Quick at 937-5516.