Whalebone Classic Wrap Up & Results
Cottesloe in Western Australia has played host to the Whalebone Classic this weekend. The event saw a number of local, Australian and International longboarders compete in both the Open Women’s event and the ASP Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) 2-Star division event for a chance at the World Title.
From the get-go Perth hotshot and Whalebone Classic defending champion Georgia Young was a favourite for the win, with her local knowledge (surfing in the event since she was 12 and winning 4 times) and enthusiasm leading up to the weekend we knew we’d see big things from her.
Georgia says, of the conditions “We had the most amazing conditions all weekend. To get Isos breaking and offshore for 3 days straight is unreal. It was 1-2ft and sunny the entire time – perfect longboarding waves! It’s really good to have a few of the girls over from the east coast as well as Hawaii. It really pushes everyones surfing to the next level. There was such good camaraderie in and out of the water.”
Erin Dark came into the event fresh from her win at the 2 Star LQS Avalon Cup in Mandurah WA. Erin who lives on the Gold Coast said “The Whalebone Classic is a great event, it’s been loads of fun. I’m really enjoying WA. It was announced today that Erin has also taken the lead on the Australasian Longboard Series tour qualifying her for the World Championships in China. (Congrats Erin, from The Mermaid Society.)
In a tight final on Saturday, Georgia came out with the win against Erin. Both girls had a number of high scoring waves and there was only one point between them on the buzzer.
Georgia said after the finals “It is unbelievable to win at the Whalebone again, it is by far my favourite event around the world and to take a win with all of my friends and family up on the cliffs cheering me on is just the best feeling in the world.”
This win places Georgia 2nd (behind Erin) on the ASP Australasian Longboard rankings which solidifies her spot in the 2015 World Longboard Titles. She says “The Australian Longboard Titles are in August, at Coffs Harbour so I’ll head over east to represent WA for that. Then the World Longboard Titles in China in November which ties in with a really fun event in Taiwan, the Taiwan Open of Surfing. The last event of the year is back in WA at Yallingup – The Yallingup Malibu Classic. The Yal Mal is such a fun event held at one of the most iconic surf breaks in Australia, which hopefully will attract a few more of the east coasters again!”
Congratulations to all the competitors in the 17th Whalebone Longboard Classic and Denver Young who won the Women’s Division in the Opens and Juniors.
(Thanks to Narrow Path Media for providing fantastic photos of the event, check out their gallery)
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