Size matters at the Cape Kiwanda Longboard Classic, returning to Pacific City for its 20th year this weekend, with competitors riding boards that are at least nine feet long, and a beer garden that has swelled to 18 breweries.
In-person registration will be available starting at 5 pm on Friday, Sept. 14, during the opening night celebrations, which will feature dinner by Parilla Grill, live music and the opening night of the beer garden.
Some of the breweries, all from Oregon, include Buoy Beer Company, Yachats Brewing & Farmstore, 2 Kilts Brewing Company, Wolf Tree Brewery, Breakside Brewery, Deception Brewing Company, Ninkasi Brewing and host sponsors, Pelican Brewing.
The surfing starts at 8 am on Saturday, Sept. 15, with contestants performing in 20-minute heats all the way to 5 pm.
A silent auction, brewfest, vendor fair and lunch offerings will add to the party atmosphere on shore, with dinner and live music by reggae-pop band ZhuG bringing the day to a close from 6 to 9 pm.
Competition will resume at 8 am on Sunday, Sept. 16, running until 3 pm, followed by an awards ceremony from 3 to 5 pm.
Longboards are the original surfboards, the type ridden by Hawaiian and Polynesian surfers before the trend began to ride shorter and shorter boards, culminating with ones small enough to fit into a Mini Cooper. Typically eight to 10 feet long, longboards are easier for beginners to learn on and better for small surf conditions.
The mid-September season typically sees surf that falls somewhere between the flatter summer conditions and the larger swells that come to the coast in the late fall and winter.
Contestants will be judged on three criteria: size and quality of wave selection, length of ride and most importantly, maneuvers the rider completes on the critical sections of the wave.
Pre-registration for most of the categories have filled, but hopeful riders can still get on a waitlist.
The event is a fundraiser for the Pacific City Skatepark.
For more information, go to capekiwandalongboardclassic.com