Surf contest to light up Caba

Christopher "Chipper" Wilson and Matt Hurworth take in the surf at Cabarita prior to the running of the Caba Big Bang surf competition this week end. Scott Powick

CABA Creative is lighting the fuse but a surfing contest offering one of Australia’s highest non-professional prizemoney pots is ensuring Cabarita will go off with a bang this weekend.

The third annual Caba’s Big Bang, a two-day surfing extravaganza, will have Caba Beach pumping, with opens, juniors and womens’ competitions, plus an open air expression session.

Presented by Caba’s Christopher “Chippa” Wilson, event prizes include a $5000 first prize for opens, $2000 for juniors and $1000 for the womens’ competition.

Wilson said the idea behind the competition was to offer an old-school style surfing competition that everyone could enjoy.

“All the other surfing events are official, so we wanted to take it back to the good old days of competition,” Wilson said.

“We felt the kids who surf here are getting older, so we wanted to get them involved and do something for the locals.”

Runners-up will receive a new surfboard donated by shaper and Cabarita resident Matt Hurworth, from MH Surfboards.

The Big Bang will complement the Caba Creative, providing another dimension of entertainment for the town.

Big Bang organiser Donna Wilson said it was pure chance the events were running in unison this year, but they will look to combine next year.

“The two definitely work well together, so next year it’s going to be massive and we’re looking to do a huge surf festival,” Wilson said.

The Big Bang kicks off at 7am. Visit: cabaritaboard

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