Stand Up Surf Shop Rottnest Classic
Surfing Western Australia
Strickland Bay, Western Australia
9 - 12 May 2015
Fun surf forStand Up Surf Shop Rottnest Classic at Strockland Bay, West Oz
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 8 May, 2015 - Rottenest, Island, Western Australia - Spectacular autumn conditions and quality performances from some of Australia’s best stand up paddle boarders (SUP) highlighted an exciting opening day of the Stand Up Surf Shop Rottnest Classic presented by SunSmart.
The newest event on the Surfing WA events calendar, the Rottnest Classic got underway in clean 2-3 feet waves at Strickland Bay one of the island's many excellent wave locations.
Justin Holland (Kingscliff, NSW), currently ranked 4th on the Stand Up World Tour set the standard in the opening heat of the day with his fast and progressive manoeuvres catching the eye of the judges and spectators alike.
Rick Jackovich © Surfing Western Australia
Making the most of his first trip to Rottnest, Holland scored the highest a heat high 7.67 (from a possible 10) to skip Round # 2 and move directly to Round # 3.
"For me this is a great lead up for the next World Tour event in Tahiti in a couple of weeks time," said Holland "Sleeping on a boat, surfing great waves and seeing some awesome sights, it's been great fun here thus far."
Holland's efforts were matched by those of local West Australian's Wesley Fry (Bicton), Dave Muir (Fremantle), Jake Jakovich (Gracetown) and Rick Jakovich (Gracetown) who all won their opening heats to move directly to Round # 3.
Rick Jakovich the current over-40 men's Australian SUP champion amassed a combined two wave total of 14.17 (from a possible 20) and looked right at home in the waves at Strickland Bay.
"The last time I was on Rottnest was about 15 years ago for an Australian Championship Circuit (ACC) event," said Jakovich. "With the swell expected to kick over the weekend this place should really come into it's own which I'm excited about."
The best performance of the day however, was reserved for up and coming talent Kai Bates (Mollymock, NSW), who looked right at home in the Indian Ocean posting the high combined total of the day, 14.83 (from a possible 20) which included an excellent 8.83 (from possible 10).
“Rottnest is an amazing place and this wave is really fun, a perfect peak set up with rights and lefts,” Bates said. "To have a reef break with a bit of juice and push to the waves is great for a contest and I'm really happy to be here."
In the women's division, rising female star Shakira Westdorp (Tugun, QLD) was another first-timer to Rottnest but wasted no time adapting to conditions. Westdorp who recently finished 2nd in her first ever Stand Up World Tour event at Turtle Bay in Hawaii, looked in sync with the waves immediately posting a 14.34 combined two wave total (from a possible 20).
"Rottnest is such an amazing place, crystal clear water, amazing scenery and the perfect backdrop for a SUP event like this," Westdorp said. "I'm stoked to have the opportunity to come here and to compete in this great event."
Competition is set to heat up tomorrow with an expected kick in the swell overnight. Men's Round # 3 heats set to continue from 7:40am at Strickland Bay. The WA SUP Titles will also commence tomorrowwith 70 competitors set to hit the water across multiple divisions.