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Dane Pioli victorious at the Whalebone Classic, West Oz


Dane Pioli : photo Surfing Australia

Whalebone Classic

ASP Australasia LQS 1 Star event
Cottesloe Perth, Western Australia
12 - 13 July 2008

Dane Pioli wins in the West

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 14 July, 2008 : - - Cottesloe Beach, West Australia - A small increase in swell during the final day saw the 11th Annual Whalebone Classic conclude with epic surfing in the final of the Multiplex Living 9ft Pro. With Rahn Goddard and Jock Bahen both from Cottesloe representing the West and Dane Pioli, Wollongong and Jared Neal, Emerald Beach representing the East it was always going to be a classic show down.

Earlier in the day Pioli and Goddard disposed of Paul Scholten, Woolgoolga and Ben Proudfoot, Cottesloe in meagre 2ft conditions in semi final 1 while Bahen and Neal progressed from semi final 2 at the expense of Tim Fitzpatrick and current World Longboard Tour series leader Harley Ingleby.

Pioli took advantage of the increasing swell to open his account with a 7.67 score that was the highest scoring wave in the final which he backed up 4 waves later with an equally impressive 7.07 for a combined total of 14.74 which left the other surfers always chasing him.

“I wasn’t sure of how many points I needed to win the ASP Australasian Longboard Qualifying Series so I figured if I have a win today I would probably overtake series leader Josh Constable,” Pioli said when asked what was the motivating factor in his win.

Runner up to Pioli was Rahn Goddard who yesterday disposed of 2006 World Champion, Noosa’s Josh Constable and continued to show a new mature approach to his surfing which is sure to see him feature in more pro events around the world in future. Goddard’s score of 12.60 came from his opening ride of 6.00 and his 5th ride which was a 6.60

Having to settle for 3rd Jock Bahen with a score of 11.73 continued to ride a heavy board that had been given to him years earlier and been snapped 3 times over the years. “It’s the best board for these conditions. I’ve ridden it all weekend. It’s my old faithful,” said Bahen when asked what his tactics would be.

Jared Neal couldn’t find the form that saw him make the final and had to settle for 4th with a score of 10.27 from his best two waves.


9ft Pro – Final
1st Dane Pioli
2nd Rahn Goddard
3rd Jock Bahen
4th Jared Neal 

9ft Pro Semi Final 1
1st Dane Pioli
2nd Rahn Goddard
3rd Paul Scholten
4th Ben Proudfoot 

9ft Pro Semi Final 2
1st Jock Bahen
2nd Jared Neal
3rd Tim Fitzpatrick
4th Harley Ingleby

Old Mal
1st Jock Bahen
2nd Rahn Goddard
3rd Ryan Clarke
4th Kevin Anderson
5th Joe Warwick
6th Kent TurkisH 

Over 55’s
1st Bob Monkman
2nd Norm Bateman
3rd John Geyer
4th John Laming
5th Brian Hood
6th Mick Marlin 

Over 50’s
1st Michael Cottier
2nd Martin Richardson
3rd Tony Wiggersmith
4th Peter Dunn
5th Gary McCormick
6th Gary Tucker

Over 40’s
1st Kevin Anderson
2nd Ray Barker
3rd Steve Del Rosso
4th Brad Belcher
5th Brett Merrifield
6th Ron Dobich 

Under 40’s
1st Michael McCormick
2nd Daniel Corbett
3rd Michael Corbett
4th Ryan Clarke
5th Kent Turkish
6th Damien Lipscombe 

Open Women
1st Claire Finnucane
2nd Jennypher Sorbier
3rd Zanny Wilson
4th Lucy Burrows
5th Kym Davey
6th Michelle Finnucane

Junior Men
1st Lindsay Small
2nd Tod Quartermaine
3rd Lachlan Shaw
4th Dan Refeld
5th Mitch Corbett
6th Lachlan Bahen

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