2015 WOMEN’S ROTTNEST CLASSIC and WA SUP OPEN Results
11th May 2015
(Top image Shakira Westdorp by Nick Woolacott / Surfing WA)
In an exciting third and final day of competition Shakira Westdorp (Tugun, QLD) was crowned the inaugural champions of the Stand Up Surf Shop Rottnest Classic presented by SunSmart.
Clean and highly contestable waves in the 3-4 feet range provided the perfect finale to Western Australia’s newest and largest stand up paddle boarding (SUP) event, with the top seeded male and female surfers proving too strong in Rottnest’s punchy and powerful reef breaks.
In the women’s final, rising star Shakira Westdorp dominated, proving she’s a future star of the sport. Westdorp who recently finished 2nd in her first ever Stand Up World Tour event at Turtle Bay in Hawaii, looked perfectly in sync with the waves. Westdorp posting two excellent eight point plus rides to finish on a 16.83 combined two wave total (from a possible 20).
“This trip to Rottnest Island has been amazing, it’s provided a real sense of adventure for me,” said Westdorp. “I’ve been amazed by the quality of the waves and the stunning scenery on offer.”
Westdorp’s dominance left current WA Open Women’s SUP champion Monica De Araujo (Scarborough) and emerging talent Narelle Kuppers (Margaret River) in a combination situation finishing in second and third respectively.
“I look forward to coming back to Western Australia and getting more girls involved in the future,” said Westdorp.
The WA SUP State Titles were also completed toady, with a bumper field of entrants revelling in their first opportunity at Rottnest Island. “Rottnest is such an amazing event location, rich in surfing history and we’re ecstatic with the waves, weather and turnout we’ve had over the past three days,” said Surfing WA Events Manager Justin Majeks.
You can watch FINALS DAY HIGHLIGHTS HERE
2015 WOMEN’S ROTTNEST CLASSIC RESULTS:
1. Shakira Westdorp (Tugun, QLD) 16.83pts $650
2. Monica De Araujo (Scarborough, WA) 8.53pts $250
3. Narelle Kuppers (Margaret River, WA) 6.17pts, $150
2015 WA SUP OPEN WOMEN’S RESULTS:
1. Susannah Wilson (Mosman Park) 8.66pts
2. Monica De Araujo (Scarborough, WA) 5.80pts
3.Narelle Kuppers (Margaret River, WA) 6.17pts
4. Jacenta Potts (South Fremantle, WA) 5.00pts
Thanks to Surfing Western Australia for the words and Nick Woolacott for the images www.surfingwa.com.au
The Stand Up Surf Shop Rottnest Classic Presented by SunSmart
Proudly supported by the Rottnest Island Authority, Rottnest Express, Pelagic Marine, Surfing WA, Healthway, HIF, Vitale Realty, Starboard SUP, Fanatic, Sunova, Fitness Results, Reflex Films Australia, and Match Property Group.