NORTH FREO STAND UP SURF SHOP WA SUP STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS DECIDED IN TESTING CONDITIONS OFF MANDURAH
Six new state champions have been crowned in testing conditions at Avalon Bay in Mandurah over the weekend, as the final event of the North Freo Stand Up Surf Shop WA Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Titles presented by SunSmart concluded with strong winds and stormy seas testing some of WA's best and most experienced SUP surfers.
Avalon's iconic left-hand point break looked more like a washing machine as strong onshore winds and building swells delivered waves the 4-6 feet (2.0 metre) range, that challenged the field of competitors who had converged from across WA with hopes of qualifying for the Australian SUP Titles to be contested in Queensland in November.
Using his waterman skills and repertoire of exciting forehand turns, Rick Jakovich (Gracetown), proved to be at the top of his game winning the Open Men's state championships in emphatic style.
Jakovich was in great rhythm with the ocean, picking off the best waves on offer during the 25 minute Open Men's final. Flowing with great speed through every turn, Jakovich posted an impressive two-wave combined total of 16.43 (from a possible 20), that included an 9.43 (from a possible 10) that saw him pick up the Air Asia 'Wave of the Day'.
Despite the best efforts of inform surfers Jake Jakovich (Gracetown), Chris Twomey (Karrinyup) and Crawford Olney (Spearwood), it was Jakovich who managed the tricky conditions at Avalon best.
“Well, that was the toughest event I can remember competing in over the years,” said Jakovich. “It's always nice to get the win, but to do it when the ocean is angry as it was today makes the win even more special.”
Beaconsfield's Susannah Wilson was another impressive performer at Avalon, surfing with poise and precision to amass a two-wave combined total of 11.66 (from a possible 20) to claim her maiden state championship title during the Open Women's SUP final.
Wilson defeated sisters Monica and Silvia De Araujo (Scarborough) and Patrice Richardson (Cottesloe) and was ecstatic with her performance and being crowned state champion for 2018.
“I'm stoked to win today in the most full on conditions at Avalon,” said Wilson. “Hats off to the competitors for getting out there and it's a bonus to come away as the state champion.”
Commitment proved to be the key to success, with large set waves offering the best scoring opportunity. The standard of competition remained high across all other divisions including the hotly contested Over-40 Men's division.
Peter Tomsett (Greenwood) claimed his maiden state championship title with consecutive wins on Rottnest Island and in Mandurah. Tomsett was pushed all the way by Darron McNab (Karrinyup) who finished in second with less than one point separating the pair when the final siren sounded.
“I've been competing in the WA SUP Titles for at least the past five years and it means a lot to finally claim a state title,” said Tomsett. “The depth of talent in WA is really exciting and I'm really excited to be heading to the National Titles and representing WA.”
Chris Twomey (Karrinyup) was arguably the best competitor of the event featuring in three finals including the Over-50 Men's. Twomey conserved his energy to win the Over-50 state championship on the strength of a 11.77 two-wave combined total.
“That was a massive weekend of waves and weather,” said Twomey. “To claim the state title ahead of some quality opposition is a truly great feeling and I look forward to the challenge of the Australian SUP Titles in Queensland.”
In other results from the weekend, Patrice Richardson (Cottesloe) won the Over-40 Women's SUP division, claiming the state championship in the process. While Sam McCollough (Melville) proved he'll be a force to be reckoned with in the future taking out WA's first ever Under-18 Junior SUP state title with some impressive surfing in the testing conditions.
After two successful events in Rottnest and Mandurah, all attentions now turns towards best preparing the WA SUP Team for the upcoming National Titles in Currumbin, Queensland.
“I'd like to congratulate all our winners and state champions who battled the elements this weekend in Mandurah,” said Surfing WA Events Manager Justin Majeks. “Thank you to all of our competitors who have participated in an epic competition series this year and I wish our WA State Team representatives the best of luck at the Australian SUP Titles.”
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 NORTH FREO STAND UP SURF SHOP WA SUP TITLES RESULTS:
WA SUP OPEN MENS:
1. Rick Jakovich (Gracetown, WA) 16.43
2. Jake Jakovich (Gracetown, WA) 12.17
3. Chris Twomey (Karrinyup, WA) 7.67
4. Crawford Olney (Spearwood, WA) 5.86
2018 State Champion: Rick Jakovich
WA SUP OPEN WOMENS:
1. Susannah Wilson (Beaconsfield, WA) 11.66
2. Monica De Araujo (Scarborough, WA) 9.26
3. Silvia De Araujo (Scarborough, WA) 5.13
4. Patrice Richardson (Cottesloe, WA) 3.66
2018 State Champion: Susannah Wilson
WA SUP UNDER-18 JUNIORS:
1. Sam McCollough (Melville) 10.00
2018 State Champion: Sam McCollough
WA SUP OVER-40 MENS:
1. Peter Tomsett (Greenwood, WA) 10.77
2. Darron McNab (Karrinyup, WA) 10.16
3. Chris Twomey (Karrinyup, WA) 9.67
4. Geoff Parsons (Coogee, WA) 1.93
2018 State Champion: Peter Tomsett
WA SUP OVER-40 WOMENS:
1. Patrice Richardson (Cottesloe, WA) 3.66
2018 State Champion: Patrice Richardson
WA SUP OVER-50 MENS:
1. Chris Twomey (Karrinyup, WA) 11.77
2. Crawford Olney (Spearwood, WA) 9.13
3. Richard Wain (Yallingup, WA) 6.36
4. John Heslop (Mindarie, WA) 2.37
2018 State Champion: Chris Twomey
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