Wait times for food were up as thousands of boaties descended on the Milton-Ulladulla region for Australia's premier surfboat event.
The Team Navy ASRL Open, held at South Mollymook, drew about 5000 people to the district Shoalhaven City Council acting tourism manager Shannan Perry-Hall said.
"It came at an absolute perfect time to get people to the area."
Over the weekend some Milton retailers and most cafe owners reported the best weekends they have had in a while, Milton Promotions publicity officer David Johnson said.
"Fashion shops did OK, gift shops were flat out, cafes were flat out."
Gilmore MP Fiona Phillips praised the Mollymook Surf Life Saving Club for hosting a successful event.
"Terrific to see thousands of competitors, supporters and event officials come to our region for the Australian Surf Rowers League's 2020 Aussie Surfboat Open at Mollymook Beach and Long Beach," Mrs Phillips said.
"Some very impressive surf rowing and teamwork. Thanks to Mollymook Surf Life Saving Club for hosting and the many sponsors. A very welcome event bringing people to our region."
ASRL president Michael Brooks said that the event was a success and was extremely proud of bringing the event to Mollymook, Shoalhaven and Eurobodalla regions.
"The surfboat community were passionate about coming to this region to compete in a friendly manner and support the community after the devastating fires," Brooks said.
"I am proud to say that the event was a success and I can't thank the local community for their welcoming nature."