Cutloose Coopers Yorkes Classic returns for the 25th year

27 Aug 2008 0 Share

2007 Champion Todd Goudie

2007 Champion Todd Goudie

2008 CUTLOOSE COOPER’S YORKE’S CLASSIC

25 Years of Surfing Excellence

From Mark Orr contest organiser and owner of Surf Culture:

The prestigious Cutloose Cooper’s Yorke’s Classic will be held at the Southern Tip of Yorke Peninsula from October 4th to 6th, 2008.

On behalf of all of the event sponsor’s and supporters we would like to welcome you to the 25th Anniversary Cutloose Cooper’s Yorke’s Classic. We wish all competitors good luck and thank all locals, spectators, parents and partners for their continued support of this prestigious event.

Bringing surfers together for the first YORKE’S CLASSIC was Paul Balcerek and his tireless efforts in running the event for ten years in conjunction with Surf Culture Australia’s contribution for over fifteen years have helped the event become what it is today. An event for surfers to challenge themselves in the biggest, best waves available in the three day event window. During the inaugural Yorke’s Classic in 1983 surfing lost one of its well-respected competitors, Keith Sugars, in a tragic drowning mishap at Richard’s in Pondalowie Bay. This weekend the best surfers in South Australia will battle for the coveted Keith Sugars Memorial Trophy.

Continuing on from last year’s Australian surfing first, this years’ ‘Yorke’s Surfing Classic’ will again set a green benchmark for the sport, by offsetting the greenhouse gas emissions that will be generated by the participants. Surf Culture Australia, organisers of the 2008 event have committed to purchasing certified carbon credits to offset emissions generated from co-ordinating and running the event. The emissions will come from sources such as travel to and from southern Yorke Peninsula for contest officials plus all pre event organisation.

The event is held in the pristine environment surrounding the Innes National Park, where the truly spectacular natural scenery is matched by awesome action in the water over the October long weekend.

“As South Australia’s premier surfing event attracting some of Australia’s best surfers it makes sense for us to take some leadership on the issue of greenhouse gas emissions. As surfers we travel a lot to pursue our sport and like any travel fossil fuels are burnt in the process. Our sport really relies on a healthy environment, so to offset our emissions to run an event like the Yorke’s Classic makes perfect sense,” said Mark Orr, event coordinator and owner of Surf Culture Australia.

The Yorke’s Surfing Classic is held on southern Yorke Peninsula between Daly Head and the Innes National Park. Spring time provides for optimum conditions and swell forecasters will keep an eye on the weather charts from now. They will be eagerly scanning the charts for the arrival of swell conditions similar to the last three years, which have seen up to 2 - 3 metre waves at the notoriously dangerous Chinaman’s Reef.

Balance Carbon managing director, Dr Tim Moore an avid surfer himself said “Balance Carbon are really pleased to be able to help the Yorke’s Classic and greater surfing community move towards taking greater responsibility for our actions. It’s really great to see the Yorke’s Classic lead the charge. While we are privileged in SA to have loads of unspoilt coastline, we know that a lot of resources can be consumed to get to some of these spots. Climate change presents real challenges to our way of life. As surfers, we know all too well how important a healthy environment is.”

It is tradition now that surfers return to the pristine beaches of southern Yorke Peninsula each October long weekend for the YORKE’S CLASSIC. Over the years we have seen some unbelievable competition in some of the best waves our coastline has to offer.

Again we wish everyone well and look forward to a great event for surfing in South Australia. Enjoy the spirit of surfing at Yorke’s.

This event would not be possible without our sponsors and supporters.

Massive Thanks to:

Cutloose, Cooper’s Brewery, Rhino’s Tavern, Electric Visual, Classic Color, Department of Environment and Heritage, Innes National Park, Creatures of Leisure, Globe, Gallaz, Yorke’s Surf, Marion Bay Tavern, Elders Marion Bay, Surf Culture Australia shaping surfers of the future since ‘91, Surfing SA, Seaford Newsagency, Riley Signs, Elevator Music, District Council of Yorke Peninsula, Balance Carbon, Surf Rider Foundation, the people of Marion Bay and Stenhouse Bay.

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