Img: Taryn King displays the form that makes her one of the top seeds in the La Muse Classic at Muizenberg on 11 and 12 August. Photo: Ian Thurtell

The second annual La Muse Classic women’s longboard surfing event will be staged at Muizenberg next weekend to celebrate womanhood, the ocean and community.

Featuring several of the country’s top female longboard stars such as Taryn King, Mia Baard and Marishka Diebold, the event also encourages women of all ages, backgrounds and varying capabilities, who might otherwise feel intimidated to surf in a regular surfing contest, to come together to enjoy and share a common love for the ocean.

As the name ‘La Muse’ suggests, the event promotes the concept that surfing is more than a mere competitive sport but a ‘source of inspiration’. It is this element of ‘stoke’ that has inspired this fun-filled ladies event which seeks to introduce competitive women’s’ surfing in a fun, friendly and easy-going environment.

In honour of women’s month, each day will commence at 7:30am with a yoga session to salute the sun while a range of body products from the Skoon pamper tent, sunscreen from Back to Nature and a The Store pop-up shop available throughout each day.

“The energy of sisterhood at the La Muse Classic is intoxicating,” says Chio Moulang, CEO of The Store. “Our aim is to present an event that ticks all the girly boxes. This collective of like-minded women have come together to surf, dance, shop, get pampered and try save the world”.

As daughters of Mother Nature, the La Muse Classic is partnering with Ocean Pledge.org to make this year’s contest a ‘Blue Ocean Event’.  Waste management is a top priority and partnerships with Faithful-to-Nature,

Rolling Wood, Bootleggers, Expressions on the Beach and Hang Ten Cafe will ensure that the contest remains single-use plastic-free.

Beach Co-Op will be doing their monthly beach clean-up during the event and Waste-Ed will be demonstrating how to pack EcoBricks so that the plastic found on the beach can be used for social upliftment purposes.

In addition to protecting the environment, La Muse will be giving back to the community as well by collaborating with “The Young Knitters Club of Lavender Hill”, an NPO that empowers women with opportunities for education and employment. Each contestant will receive a hand knitted beanie that is sponsored by ‘Seven’.

The La Muse Classic runs on Saturday and Sunday, 11 and 12 August at Muizenberg Corner and the event will culminate in an attempt to set a record for the ‘most women riding longboards on the same wave’.

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Src: Life’s a Beach Communications