The South Coast Surf Championships, due to take place in Boscombe this weekend, have been postponed until the end of February.
A second weekend of poor swells prompted organisers to call off the event and reschedule it for next year.
Paul Clarke, of Bournemouth Surfing Centre, said: "This is a showcase event for south coast surfing and we want to make sure the competitors are pushed to their limits and spectators are entertained. Neither of these looked to be on the cards this weekend."
The contest is now due to take place on Saturday, February 28, and Sunday, March 1, 2009.
The event is organised by Wessex Surf Club, Bournemouth Surfing Centre, Bournemouth Surf School, Sorted Surf Shop, A1Surf and Bournemouth Borough Council.