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Goddard turns it on for the HIF Longboard Titles.....

Rahn Goddard © Surfing WA / Woolacott


HIF State Longboard Titles 2011 
resented by SunSmart
Supported by Brownes Chill, Yallingup Beach Holiday Park

Surfing Western Australia
Yallingup, Lancelin, Denmark.                        
26 – 27th March 2011

Goddard too Good as Yallingup turns it on for HIF Longboard Titles

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 29 March, 2011 : - - Near perfect conditions prevailed for the first round of the Health Insurance Fund of Australia (HIF) State Longboard Titles held in Yallingup over the weekend. Known as the ‘place of love’ in the local aboriginal language, Yallingup lived up to its name, providing the WA longboarding community a blissful weekend of surfing as sun, sand, surf and the occasional dolphin making for a memorable opening event of a three event series.

With clean offshore winds and one to two meter waves (3-4 feet) provoking the excitement levels of the 90 plus competitors across the thirteen divisions being contested, it was clear from the opening heats of Saturday morning that competitors were more than eager to strut their stuff it in the opening round of longboard competition.

Yallingup’s famous A-frame peak saw both left and right hand waves peeling through, and the level of competition was fierce as everyone who threw on a colored rash vest knew they were vying for a chance to draw first blood in the newly revamped HIF State Longboard Titles for 2011. Coming off an impressive win last week in Queensland at the Noosa Festival of Surfing, three times WA State Longboard Champion Rahn Goddard (City Beach) knows the importance of a good start at Yallingup and surfed combining traditional longboard manoeuvres with new school surfing in an attempt to claim an unprecedented fourth Open Men’s State Title.

Finding his rhythm from his opening heat Goddard went from strength to strength each time he surfed and was the only surfer of the weekend to post consistent scores in the excellent range of 8 points or better, including an event high score of 9.25 (from a possible 10). Fast, fluid and powerful manoeuvres all weekend saw Goddard headed into the blue ribbon Open Men’s final with a great amount of confidence and ultimately it was this approach that saw him lock in two great rides in the opening minutes of the final.

The gifted goofy footer rose to the occasion and lifted his surfing another notch locking in a combination of scores totaling 15.50 out of a possible twenty, with a great 8.50 ride and a back up 7.00 to take the win comfortably ahead of Dan Refeld (Hillarys) in second, with 2010 State O/35 Men’s Champion Joe Warwick (Mandurah) in third and Trent Merifield (Yallingup) finishing in fourth place.

“It’s always good to win the first event, it sought of gives you a positive outlook on the remaining rounds.  I guess I was just lucky that Dan Corbett and Jarryd Foster weren’t here this weekend or it could have been a far different story.  I also want to thank HIF for coming in as a great new sponsor and for everyone that got involved in this great event” said Goddard after picking up $200 winner’s cheque for his efforts and the all important lead in the rating points heading into round two.


Michaela Ross © Surfing WA / Woolacott


The Open Women’s division presented a changing of the guard, with some new, younger ladies taking on the well established names of WA longboarding.  Melville’s Claire Finnucane has long held the crown as the states leading female longboarder, with both state and national championships under her belt, including two from last years National Titles in NSW, but in a surprising result 2010 U18 Women’s State Champion, Michaela Ross (Denmark) proved she’s the real deal taking the win from her more fancied opponent. Another young surfer from Denmark Lucy Small finished in second, with Rachel Dawe (Lancelin) in third ahead of Finnucane in fourth.

The Over 35 Men’s final saw an in form Jarrah Calder (Mosman Park) claim his first win in the division ahead of Nick Jenkins (Mandurah), Joe Warwick (Mandurah) and Rohan Tilbrook (Mullaloo) who finished second, third and fourth respectively. Yallingup’s Brett Merifield secured the winners trophy in the Over 40 Men’s final. His daily surfs at Yallingup proved to be the difference as Merrifield picked off the best waves asserted his dominance in the 25 minute final.

However, the most closely contested finals of the weekend were without a doubt the older divisions, where the Over 45’s, Over 50’s, Over 55’s and Over 60’s Men all put up impressive showing. The elder statesmen and stalwarts of the sport seemed to take a trip back to their earlier surfing days and were as keen as the junior competitors.

New comer to the HIF State Longboard Titles, Doug Caruthers (Margaret River) tasted victory in his first event ever and was clearly stoked with the result in the O45 Grand Masters. In the Over 50’s final it was Brent Moss (Esperance) who tore the Yalls right hander to pieces with some polished rail to rail surfing.

In the Over 55’s Men’s final living legend Bob Monkman (Yallingup) showed his love for the Yallingup Mainbreak and his interment knowledge of the waves was enough to see him hold onto victory against in a very close heat ahead of Nigel Coote (Yallingup) in second, Bill Gibson (Margaret River) in third and Brian Hood (Geraldton) in fourth

Mokman proved the old adage that “the older you get the better you get” is still true by taking out the Over 60 Men’s final with his typically smooth style. Monkman dominated on his beloved Yallingup left handers to defeat Mick Marlin (Yallingup), Tony Harrison (Albany) in third, Gary Greison (Eagle Bay) finished in fourth.

In other results from the weekend, WA’s number one rated Stand Up Paddler Boarder (SUP) Brett Mason (Yallingup) continued his winning ways, Mitch Corbett (City Beach) and Asaha Reeves (Denmark) won the Under 18 Junior Boys and Girls divisions receptively. Mark Mattisons (Cottesloe) won the Under 21 Pro Junior division with his very stylish approach.


Judges eye view © Surfing WA / Woolacott


The Health Insurance Fund of Australia (HIF) are the new naming rights sponsor for 2011 State Longboard Titles and are thrilled to support Surfing WA’s established and emerging longboarders, whilst continuing their awesome support of other Surfing WA events such as the HIF Pro Am Series and the Telstra Drug Aware Pro.

HIF Managing Director, Graeme Gibson was on hand to soak up the festival style atmosphere on offer in Yallingup over the weekend and in between surfing in the event as well said “HIF’s increased involvement in the WA surfing scene is an important step in confirming our commitment to supporting a healthy lifestyle amongst the surfing community.”

Mr Gibson continued saying “HIF is proudly West Australian and a successful not-for-profit health insurer, it is also Australia’s fastest growing health fund, and so it makes sense for HIF to partner another successful organisation in WA Surfing. HIF is also Australia’s first and only Carbon Neutral (No CO2) health fund, and like surfers we respect our environment.  That’s why we want to assist organisations including Surfing WA, other groups and communities that function in harmony with our unique WA coast to promote a sustainable future for our up and coming grommets.”

After a hugely successful start to the 2011 HIF State Longboard Titles, all eyes are now turned towards round two of competition which will head north to Lancelin / Wedge Island on the 7 – 8th May. The event is set to showcase a few secret gems in the northern metro area, and with the autumn swells starting to make an appearance, the empty beach breaks to the north are beginning to call competitors their way.

For full results check out

HIF State Longboard Titles presented by SunSmart
Supported by, Brownes Chill Yallingup Beach Holiday Park and Surfing WA.

Open Men:
1.      Rahn Goddard (City Beach), 2. Dan Refeld (Hillarys), 3. Joe Warwick (Mandurah), 4. Trent Merifield (Yallingup).

Open Women:
1.      Michaela Ross (Denmark), 2. Lucy Small (Denmark), 3. Rachel Dawe (Lancelin), 4. Claire Finnucane (Melville).

Stand Up Paddle Board:
1.   Brett Mason (Yallingup), 2. Mike Galvin (Mosman Park), 3. Rahn Goddard (City Beach), 4. Roger Goodwin (Bicton).    

Pro Junior:
1.    Mark Matisons (Cottesloe), 2. Mitch Baillie (Geraldton), 3. Jed Petley (North Fremantle), 4. Jake Stewart (Denmark).

Under 18 Girls:
1.      Asha Reeves (Denmark), 2. Michaela Ross (Denmark).

Under 18 Boys: 
1.      Mitch Corbett (City Beach), 2 Luke Burton (Hillarys), 3. Alex Kirk (Bicton), 4. Hugh Mitchell (Lancelin).

Over 35 Men:
1.      Jarrah Calder (Mosman Park), 2. Nick Jenkins (Mandurah), 3. Joe Warwick (Mandurah), 4. Rohan Tilbrook (Mullaloo).

Over 35 Women:
1.      Claire Finucane (Melville), 2. Sam Vanderford (Scarborough).

Over 40 Men:
1.      Brett Merifield (Yallingup), 2. Bill Gibson (Margaret River), 3. Norman Twight (Safety Bay), 4. Brett Reed (Atwell).

Over 45 Men: 
1.      Doug Caruthers (Margaret River), 2. Richard Wain (Yallingup),  3. Brett Merifield (Yallingup), 4. Mick Nolan (Bateman).

Over 50 Men:
1.      Brent Moss (Esperance), 2. Kim Hardeman (Doubleview), 3. Ray Barker (Margaret River), 4. David Burton (Hillarys).

Over 55 Men:
1.      Bob Monkman (Yallingup), 2. Nigel Coote (Yallingup), 3. Bill Gibson (Margaret River), 4. Brian Hood (Geraldton).

Over 60 Men
1.   Bob Monkman (Yallingup), 2. Mick Marlin (Yallingup), 3.Tony Harrison (Albany), 4. Gary Greison (Eagle Bay).
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