Albion Capital Whalebone Classic
WSL LQS Men's & Women's Event
Cottesloe Beach Western Australia
9 - 12 July 2015
The 2015 World Surf League Albion Capital Whalebone Longboard Classic delivers
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 11 July, 2015 - Cottesloe, Western Australia - Taylor Jensen (USA) and Cottesloe local Georgia Young (WA/AUS) were today crowned champions at the World Surf League Albion Capital Whalebone Classic Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) event held at Isolators Reef off the Perth metropolitan coastline.
Sunny skies and beautiful winter weather provided the perfect backdrop for a true festival style atmosphere. Spectators filled the natural amphitheatre to catch a glimpse of some the best longboard talent in the country. With surfers walking the board, cross stepping gracefully to the nose to hang five or more impressively, hang ten, the crowds were entertained all day.
Jensen and Young proved unstoppable, performing both traditional and modern manoeuvres in the small, but perfectly groomed longboard conditions on offer.
Two-time World Longboard Champion Taylor Jensen proved his competition class, defeating the reigning World Champion Harley Ingelby (NSW/AUS) in the quarter-finals.
He surfed excellently to dispose of Queensland’s Nic Jones (AUS) in the semi-finals, where he posting a 16.25 two wave combined total (from a possible 20) to move into the final.
On the other side of the draw Clinton Guest (QLD/AUS) was the local talent slayer, taking out Western Australia’s Tim Fitzpatrick (Scarborough) in the quarterfinals and Ryan Clark (Joondalup) in the semi-finals to reach his maiden World Surf League LQS final.
The 30-minute men’s final saw Jensen and Guest combine to put on a longboarding exhibition. However, it was Jensen that saved his best until last, dropping two excellent scores of 9.00 and 9.20 to finish on a combined 18.20 (from a possible 20).
Mixing elegant footwork and powerful rail manoeuvres, Jensen lead from start to finish to take home 1000 rating points and the $2,500 winners cheque.
“It feels so good to win again here in WA at the Whalebone Classic,” said Jensen. “I had to make it through a few really tough heats to reach the final.”
“These conditions are really similar to wave I grew up surfing in California. I just had to be patient and wait for the good waves, the two nine’s came on waves that hugged the reef offered some good sections,” said Jensen. “WA has been a happy hunting ground for me and the conditions have been amazing today.”
Despite dropping a 7.60 and 7.25 to finish on 14.85 (from a possible 20), reigning Australia Open Champion Clinton Guest was left in a combination situation when the siren sounded.
“My strategy all event was just to keep busy and I stuck to my guns,” said Guest. “While I didn’t get the scores I need I’m stoked to finish second in my first WSL final against quality opposition.”
“WA is an amazing location, and the people and vibe here is so friendly,” said Guest. “WA is at the forefront of hosting longboard events in Australia and the event has been blessed with great weather and fun waves.”
Sam Suendermann (VIC/AUS) and local favourite Georgia Young (WA/AUS) meet in the Women’s final, after the pair defeated Roisin Carolan (NSW/AUS) and Erin Dark (NSW/AUS) in their respective semi-final match ups.
Young looked unstoppable in her semi-final posting the events highest two wave combined total of 18.55 (from a possible 20). Young kept the momentum rolling into the 30 minute final, where she captured back-to-back Whalebone Classic victories.
Using her local knowledge to perfection, Young picked off two great waves to post a 14.50 two wave combined total (from a possible 20).
“We’ve had such perfect waves for the event, glassy little rollers which is rare for July,” said Young. “I’ve had all but 2 of the WSL girls staying with me a my house and it’s been such great fun. This event is all about having fun and getting paid to surf against your friends seems like a dream come true.”
Sam Suendermann scored a 12.40 total, but was left chasing a 7.81 (from a possible 10) to overtake Young for the win.
“This is my best LQS result and it’s been such a fun event,” said Suendermann. “Georgia and I were just going wave for wave in that one. It was small but super fun and clean conditions.”
“WA is great, I’m going throw it out there and say it’s better than the East Coast.”
The amateur divisions will conclude the 2015 Albion Capital Whalebone Classic tomorrow with heats commencing from 7:30am.
WSL LQS Whalebone Classic Men’s Final:
Taylor Jensen (USA) 18.20 defeated Clinton Guest (AUS) 14.85
WSL LQS Whalebone Classic Women’s Final:
Georgia Young (AUS) 14.50 defeated Sam Suendermann (AUS) 12.40
WSL LQS Whalebone Classic Men’s Semi Finals:
Taylor Jensen (USA) 16.35 defeated Nic Jones (AUS) 13.95
Clinton Guest (AUS) 15.25 defeated Ryan Clark (AUS) 12.15
WSL LQS Whalebone Classic Women’s Semi Finals:
Sam Suendermann (AUS) 12.55 defeated Roisin Carolan (AUS) 8.05
Georgia Young (AUS) 18.55 defeated Erin Dark (AUS) 13.80
WSL LQS Whalebone Classic Men’s Quarter Finals:
Taylor Jensen (USA) 17.25 defeated Harley Ingleby (AUS) 15.05
Nic Jones (AUS) 15.35 defeated Aurelien Meynieux (REU) 14.60
Clinton Guest (AUS) 14.35 defeated Tim Fitzpatrick (AUS) 13.80
Ryan Clark (AUS) 14.90 defeated Scott Trew (AUS) 12.20