Last May, the inaugural MayDay Memorial Surf Classic went off without a hitch at the Flagler Beach Pier. The goal was set to raise awareness of heart disease by honoring the life of Dollie Sue Watson, who passed away in December of 2006 to heart disease; the #1 cause of deaths in women.
This year’s event will raise funds towards the MayDay Memorial Foundation, the non-profit organization created as a result of the proceeds from the 1st annual surf contest. The MayDay Memorial Foundation’s goals are to continue raise awareness of heart disease, encourage prevention and healthy life style, and to provide aide and free screenings to detect heart disease to uninsured and low income people in our community.
This year’s event will include divisions for everyone. From long board to short board, and Masters to Minnows (parent assisted young children), and even the NVR Strings Women’s Pro, as well as the Finn’s Beachside Pub Men’s Pro. There will also be a silent action to kick things off the night before the contest, an all-day raffle with great prizes, awards ceremony for the finalists and a memorial paddle out to honor Dollie Sue Watson.
Friday, May 11th
Kickoff party/ Silent auction at Flagler Wine and Cheese Shop on south 6th street. Get things started off right with good friends and a picture slide show filled with happy memories of Dollie Sue Watson, and photos from last year’s event.
Saturday, May 12th
8 am sharp
Surfing competition begins. Please get here early if you have not already registered. There will be limited beach entry and a late fee. Visit www.maydaymemorialsurfclassic.com to print out and mail in your completed entry. We will have a tentative schedule posted Friday night. All participants will receive a t-shirt and lunch. The raffle drawings will run all day with great prizes donated by ERGO, X-Trak, Barrellicious, Healthy Souls, In2It, Arnette, Zinka, Ocean Minded, The Wet Life Photography, NaturesWave.net, The Surf Station, and even a surf board donated by Patrick Madden.
Join us at The Golden Lion on north 4th street for an after party you won’t want to miss! Come watch the beautiful ladies strut their stuff for the NVR Strings swimsuit pageant, where Miss May 2012 will be crowned! Following the pageant, we will head over to Finn’s Beachside Pub on A1A and SR 100 for some more live music and drink specials.
We are looking forward to making this year an awesome and memorable event! Please contact contest director Haley Watson at Haley@maydaymemorialsurfclassic.com for any questions. Thank you for all of your support, and hope to see you there!