THE ICONIC ROTTNEST ISLAND SET TO CHALLENGE SOME OF AUSTRALIA'S BEST SUP SURFERS
Western Australia's iconic and picturesque Rottnest Island is preparing to host to some of Australia's best stand up paddleboarding (SUP) talent, with the North Freo Stand Up Surf Shop Rottnest Classic and WA SUP State Titles set to commence later this week at Strickland Bay.
Combining both professional and amateur divisions, the Rottnest SUP Classic will run alongside the opening event of the WA SUP State Titles with close 70 registrations across all divisions.
Competitors will converge on WA's favourite holiday island from right across the state and as far a field as New South Wales and Queensland to compete in WA's biggest SUP surfing event.
Boasting a rich prize purse of $5,000 as well as valuable qualification points towards the 2019 Australian SUP Titles to be held on Phillip Island, VIC the Rottnest SUP Classic will be once again be an exciting showcase of the world's fastest growing water sport.
“We are stoked to be backing Australia’s premier SUP surfing event for the fifth straight year,” said North Freo Stand Up Surf Shop Co-Owner Cameron McKay. “Rottnest is a SUP paradise, pumping waves and beautiful protected bay and scenic beaches perfect for a paddle.”
Headlining a classy field of talent heading to Rottnest this week include inaugural event champion's Justin Holland (Kingscliff, NSW) and Shakira Westdorp (Tugun, QLD).
Westdorp is a three-time International Surfing Association (ISA) Women's SUP gold medalist and is the most successful competitor in the Rottnest Classic's history, winning the women's event three titles since its inception in 2015.
“I'm frothing to be heading over to Rottnest yet again, it's hands down the best event of the year,” said Westdorp. “I love the whole adventure of being on an island, surfing, biking, boating, fishing and catching up with all the WA crew. The forecast looks like we're going to get some fun waves and when Strickland Bay is on, it's such a fun wave.”
Inaugural Rottnest Classic men's champion and big wave charger Justin Holland is also excited to heading back to Western Australia.
“This is Australia's premiere SUP surfing contest and Rottnest Island as a location is a real factor for why I keep coming back to WA each and every year,” said Holland. “Rottnest is a real gem on the WA coastline and Strickland Bay is a beautiful right/left reef set up that can pump and it always seems to pick up swell given we're 30 kilometres off the mainland.”
Joining Westdorp and Holland on the trip West are exciting talents James Casey (Collaroy, NSW) and Wes Fy (Mt Coolum, QLD) who will surely provide plenty of highlights.
While leading the local charge will be a group of former State and National Titles winners including Susannah Wilson (Beaconsfield, WA), Chris Twomey (Karrinyup, WA), Narelle Kuppers (Margaret River, WA) and Peter Tomsett (Greenwood, WA).
“The Rottnest Classic is our marquee SUP surfing event and it continually attracts a world class field of athletes to the beautiful Rottnest Island,” said Justin Majeks Surfing WA Events Manager. “Rottnest is such an amazing event location, rich in surf history and a spectacular backdrop for this exciting competition.”
Strong winds and a building swell are forecast for Thursday with the North Freo Stand Up Surf Shop Rottnest Classic likely to commence on Friday when conditions begin to ease. Finalists will be crowned on Sunday.
Surfing WA will be streaming live heat scores and results from the North Freo Stand Up Surf Shop Rottnest Classic so people can to follow the event anywhere on the planet. Be sure to follow all the action live at www.surfingwalive.com.au
You can download the highlights from last years Rottnest Classic here: www.vimeo.com/269790077
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.
About the North Freo Stand Up Surf Shop:
The North Freo Stand Up Surf Shop is Western Australia's biggest SUP specialist store. We have a massive store in North Fremantle with 200 boards on display. We've got Perth's largest range of stand up paddle boards for sale. We're the only shop in Perth with all the major global stand up paddle board brands - Starboard, Naish, Fanatic & NSP. And plenty of WA designed and tested SUP boards - SMIK, Sunova & Jacko. More info at: standupsurfshop.com.au