The 2024 Cape Kiwanda Longboard Classic is scheduled for September 20th -22nd | Registration Opens June 1st

The Classic

The 2024 Cape Kiwanda Longboard Classic


Friday 9/20, 5pm-8pm: 

  • Opening night/swag bag pick up and party!
  • Live music by Groundswell
  • Food and Beverage by Pelican Brewing Co

Saturday 9/21, 7:30am-6pm

  • Opening heats
  • Food and Beverage by Pelican Brewing Co
  • Mojos Rising Live Music at Meg’s Beachwood Bar & Grill (7-10pm)

Sunday 9/22, 7:30am-5pm

  • Finals Day!
  • Food and Beverage by Pelican Brewing Co
  • Awards Ceremony 


General surfing etiquette applies – Closest to the peak has priority, no dropping in. Each surfer is scored on their top two waves, and can have a maximum of 10 waves per heat. Any waves caught after 10 waves will not count towards their heat total.

Most heats are 15 minutes long, and consist of 6 people. Some of the semi-final and final rounds may have longer heats.

Horn & Flag Info:

One horn starts the heat (A solo green flag will be flying). 

Two Horns signals 5 minutes left in the heat, plus the paddle out for the next heat up (A green & red flag will be flying together)

One horn ends the current heat, and starts the one minute transition between heats (red flag up). While we make every effort to keep to the one minute transition period, there is a possibility that it could be longer than one minute. If you are in the next heat in the water, remember to wait for next single horn and green flag to start competing.   

Three horn blasts signals a delay of contest, stop of contest, or emergency (No flags flying). If you hear three horns in a row blast, please exit the water immediately.

It is your responsibility to keep track of when your heat starts and ends. Do no rely on posted heat times, as they are subject to change throughout the day. While your heat time on our live heat system will automatically update as the contest moves through the day, it is best to check in with the beach marshal to be sure. If you miss your heat, it is no one’s fault but your own.

Interference Rules:

If a surfer drops in on another surfer, or interferes with their ability to surf the wave, their top wave score will be cut in half for that heat. If the same surfer interferes twice during the heat, their top wave score will be completely dropped. 

Interference’s are determined on a case by case basis by the judges, and are final. Besides dropping in, you can receive an interference call by being in the way during your paddle back out (always go toward the white wash), or by paddling for a wave and snowballing a section in front of an already riding surfer. 


In the event of a tie score, the heat will be decided by the top scoring wave between the two surfers tied. In the event that both surfers have the same top scoring wave, it will go to the top second scoring wave.


Check in with the beach captain 10 minutes prior to your heat. Return jerseys immediately after your heat has finished, staying in the water and surfing with your jersey after your heat has ended may disqualify you.

End Of Heat:

As soon as your heat is over, please exit the water promptly. Please belly ride in after the end of your heat and return your jersey as soon as possible. Standing up during the next heat may disqualify you.

We use a live scoring system, so you will know exactly what is happening during your heat with your score. If weather conditions are foul and you are unable to hear your score in the water, you will have results posted immediately upon exiting the water.


All boards must measure at least 9′ at minimum. Any surfer found to be using a shorter board will be disqualified immediately (Kid w/Parent & the 12 & under divisions are exempt from this rule, any size board may be used).