WORLD SURF LEAGUE LQS FINALISTS DECIDED IN CLASSIC LONGBOARD CONDITIONS IN WEST OZ
Day two of the 20th annual Whalebone Longboard Classic saw surfers enjoy idyllic conditions at Isolators Reef, with the World Surf League (WSL) LQS 1000 finalists decided for both men’s and women’s in groomed winter waves.
In a stark contrast to the wet and windy surf on offer yesterday, competitors made the most of sunny skies and glassy conditions, putting on a longboarding clinic in the 1-2 feet waves on offer along Perth’s metropolitan coastline.
Milking every inch of their nine-foot plus boards, the final two males and final two female surfers were decided at Western Australia’s most iconic longboarding event.
Dean Bevan (Kingscliff, NSW) booked his spot into the men’s final with a powerful performance in the clean conditions. Surfing on rail and with great speed through every turn, Bevan defeated WA rising star Jack Medland (Marmion) in a tight opening semi final.
Bevan scored an impressive 8.4 and backed it up with a 6.5 to finish on a combined two-wave total of 14.90 (from a possible 20), leaving Medland chasing a 7.16 (from a possible 10) to snatch victory.
“We’ve been gifted with this clean little groundswell today and all the boys have been really enjoying it,” said an elated Bevan. “It’s really contestable despite the size and it’s been a great trip to Western Australia thus far for me and making the final keeps the dream alive for me.”
In semi final two, Jack Entwistle (Manly, NSW) secured his place in the LQS final with his smooth and graceful technique rewarded highly by the judges and delighting the strong weekend crowd who pilled in to watch today’s action.
Entwistle scored two eight point plus rides, finishing with a two-wave combined total of 16.9 (from a possible 20). Using his long legs and quick footwork, Entwistle was too good for another WA star on the rise Anthony Spencer (Trigg), who was left chasing a near perfect 9.11 (from a possible 10) when the siren sounded.
“This will be my first WSL final and I’m really stoked to have made it,” said Entwistle. “The surf was really fun and consistent during our semi perfect for nose riding and longboarding in general. I’m really looking forward to taking on Dean Bevan, I’ve surfed against him a bunch of times and can’t wait until tomorrow.”
While in the women’s division, Japan’s Natsumi Taoka will take on Queensland’s Kathryn Hughes in tomorrow final after the pair were both successful in their semi-finals.
Taoka proved why she placed 9th at the World Longboard Championships early this year, with an exquisite display in the clean conditions taking down Tully White (Manly, NSW) scoring 14.85 (from a possible 20).
“I enjoy nose riding and the waves were perfect and so clean today,” said Taoka. “I meet Kathryn two years ago when we were in Taiwan and I’m excited to surf against her in the final tomorrow.
After finishing second in last years Whalebone Classic Kathryn Hughes is definitely keen to go one better, defeating Lucy Small (Denmark, WA) in semi final two.
Hughes stroked into the best two waves of the heat, scoring 13.75 (from a possible 20), leaving Small chasing an 8.35 (from a possible 10).
“This is my third time to WA and I’m going to go straight out and say that I really want to win tomorrow,” said Hughes. “Natsumi is a lovely person but were both super competitive so tomorrow should be really exciting.”
Weekend crowds flocked in to soak up the festival style atmosphere on offer, with classic winter conditions providing light winds and sunshine long into the afternoon.
Punters enjoyed a live ukulele band along with the food and quality products of other local vendors set up in the beachside marquee.
The final day of the Whalebone Longboard Classic will kick off at 7.10am tomorrow, with the WSL LQS1000 finals set to hit the water around 8:30am.
EVENT SOCIAL SCHEDULE
Thursday 6th July
FREE - 20th Anniversary Celebration and Registration Evening.
6-8PM downstairs at The Cottesloe Beach Hotel.
Friday 7th July
FREE - Competition DAY ONE. 7.30AM – 5PM @ Isolators.
FUNCTION - 'Business of Surfing' with guest speakers Phil Jarratt and Nev Hyman.
Doors @ 5.30PM in the Perth CBD (ticketed event, more info at http://bit.ly/2ssiUGf).
Saturday 8th July
FREE - Competition DAY TWO. 7.30AM – 5PM @ Isolators.
FREE - ‘The Good Things’. Live Music from 7PM, lucky door prizes throughout the night.
Downstairs @ The Cottesloe Beach Hotel
Sunday 9th July
FREE - Competition DAY THREE. 7.30AM – 4PM @ Isolators.
FREE - Event Presentations. Doors Open 5pm Upstairs @ the Cottesloe Beach Hotel
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 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.