Mid North Coast surfers hit the water at Rainbow Beach

The Mid North Coast Girls Surf Classic takes to the water once again at Bonny Hills.

This is the 16th Annual Classic and it's hosted by the Mid North Coast Girls Surfriders Club Inc.

This community-based club is for surfer girls on the Mid North Coast and promotes girls surfing, fun, fitness, friendship and is all about participation, not cut-throat competition.

It is only by having the support from local businesses and community partnerships that this unique event can take place to encourage all girls and women regardless of their age or ability to compete in a non-threatening environment.

All competitors have the opportunity to surf two rounds in their respective division on Saturday encouraging participation and consistency throughout the two-day event. The results from both heats are tallied together and the top six surfers in each division progress to a final on Sunday.

Currently, there are 80 competitors ready to take part in 10 divisions which include shortboards, longboards and mini mals.

"Our most popular division this year is the open longboards," says Contest Director Jo Astorini.

"Seventeen-year-old Bonny Hills' surfer Klaire Fallon will be representing the Mid North Coast Girls Surfriders in this division. Klaire recently won the Mid North Coast Winter Championship and will be up against some stiff competition as the Surf Girls Australia have a strong contingent travelling up from Sydney's northern beaches.

"Bonny Hills surfer Elly Muir has been absent for the past few years, however, this year she is hoping to make the final in the open shortboard.

"This division will be hotly contested by Port Macquarie's Imojen Enfield at the ripe old age of 12 years, the experienced Cath Perry and Jen Arnold.

"In the prestigious 16 years and under division, we have two outstanding surfer girls punching above their weight. Lola Styles and Avalon Enfield both from Port Macquarie are surfing against girls four years older.

"Lola was recently training at the Hurley Performance Centre on the Gold Coast and competing in the NSW Surfing Grom search event in Kiama. Avalon has also been busy recently competing in the NSW Surfing State Titles.

"These little pocket rockets will be definitely the ones to watch at this year's surf classic and are surfing stars of the future

You can catch the action from at Rainbow Beach, Bonny Hills on Saturday, October 12 from 6.30 am until 4.30pm. Then there is the Surf Classic Mega Raffle and pizza night where everyone comes together to celebrate girls and women in surfing.

Finals start on Sunday at 6.30am finishing around midday followed by the presentation.