All set for classic kite-surfing
LENNOX HEAD is known as one of the world's surfing Meccas. But it's also earning a reputation as a kite-surfing capital.
Seven Mile Beach at Lennox is the venue for the third NSW Kitesurfing Classic this weekend with more than 100 competitors from NSW and Queensland to fight it out for the $1200 in cash and prizes.
And with a northerly wind forecast, spectators on the beach can expect to see some spectacular moves.
The competition will feature an intense local showdown in the Masters event between Ballina's Peter Gallop, Lennox Head's Jason Golding and Alstonville's Ash Wooley. The trio tied for first place in the final last year.
Gallop is the Australian Over-35s champion, while Wooley is in good form and Golding has the inside local knowledge from his Wind and Water Kite Surfing business based at Lennox Head.
Spectators should also keep an eye out for young locals Alex Lewis-Hughes and Sean Craike, who are among Australia's hottest talents.
The weekend event will double as the State titles for Queensland and NSW, with the winners gaining automatic entry into the National Wave Riding Championships at Port Macquarie next year.
There are many forms of kite-surfing, but the wave-riding discipline is what's on at Lennox this weekend. As well as wave-riding competition, an expression session will be held.
Divisions include juniors, women's, open men's, masters and legends.
Competitors will be judged on wave-riding skills similar to a surfing event, except in the expression session where points are given for tricks, originality and big airs.
The Lennox Head Classic will be held on Seven Mile Beach, just south of the surf club, with action from 11am today and tomorrow.