KAI BATES & IBALLA MORENO CLAIM VICTORY AT THE 2018 NORTH FREO STAND UP SURF SHOP ROTTNEST CLASSIC
Kai Bates (Moolymook, NSW) and Iballa Moreno (Canary Islands, Spain) have conquered wild conditions at Strickland Bay on Rottnest Island to capture hard-fought victories at the 2018 North Freo Stand Up Surf Shop Rottnest Classic presented by SunSmart.
After three consecutive days of great waves and amazing weather, conditions made a drastic change with rain, strong onshore winds and unruly 3-4 feet swells providing a true challenge for anyone who hit the water.
In a gruelling finish to WA’s premier SUP surfing event, Bates became the first male to claim multiple event victories, while Moreno is the first international event champion since the Rottnest Classic’s inception in 2015.
Bates who last won the Rottnest Classic in 2016 dominated the punchy and powerful waves to confirm his status as one of Australia’s hottest SUP prospects. Bates used an impressive variety of critical forehand manoeuvres to score a combined total of 16.56 (from a possible 20), which included an 8.33 and 8.23.
Bates defeated close friend and travelling companion Beniot Carpentier (Brittany, France), who finished with a combined total of 14.83 (from a possible 20).
“I feel so happy to come out on top,” said Bates. “I just love surfing over here, the whole of Rottnest Island has amazing waves and it’s such a perfect place to have a SUP at your disposal. I’ll be here again for sure and I hope to be bringing more of my friends.”
Iballa Moreno became the first international competitor to etch their name on the perpetual Rottnest Classic trophy by defeating ISA World Champion and three-time event winner Shakira Westdorp (Tugun, QLD).
Moreno displayed great technique in the tricky and windswept conditions and completed some great manoeuvres to earn a combined two-wave total of 11.34 (from a possible 20).
Westdorp found the going tough despite being the form surfer leading into the final. Westdorp posted a two-wave total of 7.83 (from a possible 20).
“I’m so happy I made a last minute decision to change my ticket and come over here to Rottnest Island,” said Moreno. “It’s been an amazing event and it’s a dream come true to surf the final with Shakira, she’s like my little sister. It’s been an awesome trip and I’m happy to come back next year to this wonderful place.”
The WA SUP State Titles were also completed toady, with a bumper field of entrants revelling in the opportunity to compete on Rottnest Island over the past few days.
Rick Jakovich (Gracetown, WA) powered to victory in the Open Men’s SUP final, picking off the bigger set waves on offer to defeat young brother Jake Jakovich (Gracetown, WA), Peter Tomsett (Greenwood, WA) and Ian Ausden (Claremont, WA).
Jakovich used his large and powerful build to great effect in the wind-affected surf, scoring an imposing 16.06 combined total (from possible 20).
In other results from the weekend, Dunsborough’s Jessica Waters won the Open Women’s SUP division. Peter Tomsett (Greenwood, WA) won the Over-40 Men’s division and Ian Ausden (Claremont, WA) won the Over-50 Men’s division.
"Rottnest is such an amazing event location, rich in surfing history and we’re ecstatic with the incredible performances, amazing scenery, and genuine mateship we've had on offer over the past four days," said Surfing WA Events Manager Justin Majeks. “I congratulate Kai and Iballa on the performance and well done to all our local WA competitors on their performances.”
Kai Bates was awarded the Air Asia 'Air of The Day' for a massive forehand boost in the Rottnest Classic final.
The North Freo Stand Up Surf Shop Rottnest Classic is WA’s premier SUP surfing event that has continually attracted a world-class field of athletes to compete in the raw power of the Indian Ocean. First run in 2015, the Rottnest Classic combines amateur and professional divisions and offer a rich prize purse of $10,000.
The next event of the North Freo Stand Up Surf Shop WA SUP Titles heads to Mandurah in early June where the journey to crown our 2018 State Champions will continue.
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.
THE STAND UP SURF SHOP ROTTENEST CLASSIC & WA SUP TITLES RESULTS:
MENS ROTTNEST CLASSIC:
1. Kai Bates (Mollymook, NSW) 16.56 - $2,500
2. Beniot Carpentier (Brittany, France) 14.83 - $1,500
3. Rick Jakovich (Gracetown, WA) - 11.40 - $900
3. Jake Jakovich (Gracetown, WA) - 5.73 - $900
WOMENS ROTTNEST CLASSIC:
1. Iballa Moreno (Canary Islands, Spain) 11.34 - $1,600
2. Shakira Westdorp (Tugun, QLD) 7.83 $800
WA SUP OPEN MENS:
1. Rick Jakovich (Gracetown, WA) 16.06
2. Jake Jakovich (Gracetown, WA) 12.97
3. Peter Tomsett (Greenwood, WA) 8.93
4. Ian Ausden (Claremont, WA) 6.86
WA SUP OPEN WOMENS:
1. Jessica Waters (Dunsborough, WA) 13.34
2. Monica De Araujo (Scarborough, WA) 9.44
3. Susannah Wilson (Beaconsfield, WA) 8.16
4. Silvia De Araujo (Scarborough, WA) 4.27
WA SUP OVER-40 MEN'S:
1. Peter Tomsett (Greenwood, WA) 13.17
2. Geoff Parsons (Coogee, WA) 10.93
3. Chris Twomey (Karrinyup, WA) 9.67
4. Mike Galvin (Cottesloe, WA) 0.00
WA SUP OVER-40 WOMENS:
1. Patrice Richardson (Cottesloe, WA) 17.47*
2. Lara McCall (Margaret River, WA) 12.86*
* combined total from 2x finals
WA SUP OVER-50 MENS:
1. Ian Ausden (Claremont, WA) 12.80
2. Crawford Olney (Spearwood, WA) 9.73
3. Chris Twomey (Karrinyup, WA) 7.87
4. Jamie Ralston (Bicton, WA) 4.27
About the North Freo Stand Up Surf Shop:
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