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It all started when...

The first ICEA Classic came from an idea had by a couple of 15 year olds, who wanted to celebrate surf culture and the relationships that young people form around the ocean. ICEA had been running a program then known as Waves, which saw young Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal people pairing up to improve their surfing skills at events down at the beach. It was natural that the Classic would become the perfect culmination for Waves, and would give young people a platform to celebrate youth, surfing and Aboriginal cultures.

The Classic has evolved from where it was in 2010. 2014 saw the Aboriginal cultural festival become the centrepiece of the Classic, with everything else happening around it. Today, the Classic is one of the largest youth-led cultural festivals in Australia and is a meaningful event in the reconciliation calendar, engaging both Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal people in the spirit of reconciliation and mutual respect.