JACK ENTWISTLE & NATSUMI TAOKA CLAIM VICTORY AT THE 20th ANNUAL WHALEBONE CLASSIC
Jack Entwistle (Manly, NSW) and Natsumi Taoka (Chiba, Japan) have claimed victory on an exciting final day of competition at the 20th annual Whalebone Classic at Isolators Reef in Cottesloe, Western Australia.
Despite an easing overnight swell, clean and highly contestable 1-2 feet waves were on offer for the World Surf League (WSL) LQS1000 finalists, who put on an amazing display of traditional and progressive longboarding.
Entwistle claimed his first ever WSL LQS final with victory over Dean Bevan (Kingscliff, NSW). Entwistle combined critical top turns with effortless footwork on his way to the win, scoring a heat high 8.1 (from a possible 10) and back it up with a 6.65, to finish on a two-wave combined total of 14.75 (from a possible 20).
“This my first WSL win and I’m stoked to have done it here in Western Australia at the 20th Whalebone Longboard Classic. This result puts me on top of the Australasian ratings and gets me a spot onto next years World Tour,” said Entwistle. “It was pretty scary this morning when we woke up and there wasn’t much swell, but as the morning went on the waves definitely improved. I like small waves and the board I was riding definitely suits conditions here at Isolators.”
Dean Bevan surfed with his typical speed and power, but was left chasing an 8.11 to overtake Entwistle when the final siren sounded. Bevan posted a combined total of 12.40 (from a possible 20), but was stoked with his efforts to make his first final as well.
“It was a good final, the waves came to both of us and we both had our opportunities out there,” said Bevan. “Jack is such a good surfers in these sort of conditions so I’m glad I can him a nudge. Second is as good as a win for me as far as the ratings go so I’m pumped to be honest.”
The lone international competitor in the event, Natsumi Taoka claimed her second LQS win in Australia this year, defeating Kathryn Hughes (Caloundra, QLD) on the strength of the event’s highest individual score of 9.6 (from a possible 10).
Taoka added the Whalebone Classic to her win at Kingscliff earlier this year and confirmed her love of the sport, finishing on a two-wave combined total of 16.60 (from a possible 20).
“I’m so happy, we had fun waves during the final. I really like this wave and two win both LQS events in Australia is great,” said Taoka. “I love it here in Western Australia and the food is so good.”
Kathryn Hughes caught only two waves during the final, dropping an 8.75 and 6.65 to finish on combined total of 15.40 (from a possible 20). Hughes was left chasing a 7.86 to catch Taoka.
“I’m pretty devastated I couldn’t find another wave out there,” said Hughes. “The ratings points are crucial for me, I’m looking forward to competing at Taiwan later this year.”
A strong Sunday crowd was on hand to soak up the vibrant atmosphere and inclusive vibe of longboarding in Western Australia.
Surfing Western Australia Events Manger Justin Majeks was ecstatic with the success of this year’s Whalebone Classic and the quality of the surfers who attended in 2017.
"The Whalebone Longboard Classic is one of WA's longest running and most iconic longboarding events and it has continually attracted some of the world's best talent to the shores of Cottesloe,” said Majeks. “It's been a great opportunity for our local talent to compete on home soil in a professional WSL event, alongside some of the best longboarders on the planet.”
After the WSL LQS champions were crowned, surfers from right across Australia battled it out across 13 separate age group divisions.
Riding a surfboard shaped prior to 1967, Jack Medland (Marmion, WA) etched his name on the perpetual Whalebone trophy by snatching victory in the final seconds of the Old Mal final. Medland was one of the form surfers of the weekend also picking up the Open Logger division win.
Rising star Anthony Spencer (Trigg Beach, WA) defeated an all-star field in the Open Men’s final. While Kristy Quirk (Noosa Ville) won the Open Women's and Over-40 Women's division.
In other results from the weekend, Michael Cottier (Sydney, NSW) proved that age is no barrier when riding a longboard, taking out the Over-60 Men’s division.
Neil Peterson (Bicton, WA) was successful in the Over-55 Men’s division.
Hayden Swan (Noosa Ville, QLD) was in great touch over the weekend taking out two
Whalebone Classic titles, with victory in the Over-50 Men’s and Over-50 Loggers divisions.
Denmark's Mike Neunuebel won the hotly contested Over-40 Men’s final.
Jock Bahen (Cottesloe, WA) took out the Over-35 Men’s Logger division with a mix of traditional and stylish manoeuvres.
Jacob McIvor (Rockingham, WA) and Zali Corry (Falcon, WA) were the best of the Under-18 Junior competitors.
The 20th annual Whalebone Classic brought together over 120 professional and amateur longboarders together in a true festival atmosphere, with strong corporate support, great community engagement, and a whole bunch of stoke spread across a broad age demographic.
For more information on this or any other WA event be sure to log onto www.surfingwa.com.au and check out all the Surfing WA social media platforms for event updates and information.
20th ANNUAL WHALEBONE CLASSIC FINAL RESULTS:
WSL LQS Whalebone Classic Men’s Final:
Jack Entwistle (Manly, NSW) – 14.75 defeated Dean Bevan (Kingscliff, NSW) – 12.40
WSL LQS Whalebone Classic Women’s Final:
Natsumi Taoka (Chiba, Japan) – 16.60 defeated Kathryn Hughes (Caloundra, QLD) – 15.40
TOWN OF COTTESLOE - AM OPEN MEN:
1. Anthony Spencer (Trigg Beach, WA) -10.70
2. Jacob McIvor (Rockingham, WA) - 9.53
3. Jarrah Calder (East Fremantle, WA) - 8.04
4. Zac Arena Foster (Bicton, WA) - 7.60
VOLTE WETSUITS OLD MAL:
1. Jack Medland (Marmion, WA) - 15.74
2. Jock Bahen (Cottesloe, WA) - 13.67
3. Hayden Swan (Noosa, QLD) - 10.16
4. Zac Arena Foster (Bicton, WA) - 9.20
KERRY HARMANIS AM OPEN WOMEN:
1. Kristy Quirk (Noosa, QLD) - 9.87
2. Kathryn Hughes (Caloundra, QLD) - 7.34
3. Zali Corry (Falcon, WA) - 4.24
4. Georgie Munro (North Fremantle) - 4.14
LAVAN LEGAL OPEN MEN LOGGERS:
1. Jack Medland (Marmion, WA) - 13.67
2. Benjamin Considine (Barwon Heads, VIC) - 13.0
3. Tom Guidice (Mosman Park, WA) - 11.40
4. Evan Ledger (Cottesloe, WA) - 8.03
THE SURF MEAL CO & FUNS BACK SURF UNDER 18 JUNIORS:
1. Jacob McIvor (Rockinghman, WA) - 14.07
2. Tom Guidice (Mosman Park, WA) - 9.70
3. Benjamin Maxwell (Singleton, WA - 5.80
4. Zali Corry (Falcon, WA) - 4.36
SINGLE FIN OVER 35 LOGGERS:
1. Jock Bahen (Cottesloe) - 12.04
2. Craig Bell (City Beach) - 10.30
3. Jason Weeks (Lancelin, WA) - 7.63
4. Russell Baker (Geraldton, WA) - 5.93
NON SLIP FLOORING SOLUTIONS OVER 40 MEN:
1. Mike Neunuebel (Denmark, WA) - 10.37
2. Dean Bevan (Kingscliff, NSW) - 10.23
3. Jarrah Calder (East Fremantle, WA) - 9.83
4. Jason Weeks (Lancelin, WA) - 9.03
#NOTXTNOWRECKS OVER 40 WOMEN:
1. Kristy Quirk (Noosa, QLD) - 10.60
2. Arlene Nagtzaam (Yallingup, WA) - 9.80
3. Amanda Curley (North Beach, WA) - 5.63
4. Jane Frigeri (Jurien Bay) - 0.00
KAILIS FREMANTLE OVER 50 MEN:
1. Hayden Swan (Noosa, QLD) - 15.50
2. Kevin Anderson (North Fremantle) - 13.84
3. Doug Carruthers (Margaret River, WA) - 7.60
4. John Olden (Geraldton, WA) - 5.60
FIREWIRE SURFBOARDS OVER 50 LOGGERS:
1. Hayden Swan (Noosa, QLD) - 15.90
2. Glenn Solomon (Scarborough, WA) - 10.23pts
3. Mike Neunuebel (Denmark, WA) - 9.26
4. Michael Cottier (Sydney, NSW) - 8.90
CLEARWATER SURFBOARDS OVER 55 MEN:
1. Neil Peterson (Bicton, WA) - 11.37
2. Glenn Solomon (Scarborough, WA) - 10.40
3. Martin Richardson (Mt Hawthorn) - 8.20
4. Rob Shaw (Coogee) - 7.13
SURF GRIP OVER 60 MEN:
1. Michael Cottier (Sydney, NSW) - 12.47
2. Ron Dobrich (Duncriag, WA) - 7.43
3. David Robertson (Shelly, WA) - 7.23
4. Billy Gibson (Margaret River, WA) - 7.16
ABOUT THE WHALEBONE CLASSIC:
The Whalebone Classic is one-of-ten professional longboarding events globally, with Cottesloe the second of two Australian events.The Whalebone Classic was born in 1998 and is the brainchild of Cottesloe local Peter Dunn, who discovered a whalebone immersed in the surf at Isolators Reef and hosted a longboarding competition in memory of the whale’s spirit. Twenty years later, the competition has grown to become a much-loved tradition in the local community.