11 - 13 July, 2014
Cottesloe set to light up annual Whalebone Classic
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 9 July, 2014 - Surf conditions for West Australia's leading longboard surfing event, the annual Whalebone Classic look to be absolutely perfect this weekend. Forecasters are predicting sunshine and surf for the opening rounds at Iso's reef at Cottesloe on Friday with conditions expected to continue during the three day event.
Just to be on the safe side you can expect event director, Peter Dunn, to continue with his annual ritual of going to the venue at Iso's and asking the spirit of the whale that protects the place to bless the event with surf for the next few days. For the last 16 years the spirit of the whale has more than obliged with the surf.
The event will kick off with a meet and greet the sponsors and registration night at its new social hub, the Cottesloe SLSC on the Thursday night where competitors and visitors are welcome.
With surf forecasters predicting the best waves early on organisers have decided surfing starts first light Friday morning with the first round heats of the of the Soul Boardstore and Lyon's Air-conditioning Open Logger then following is Gelden's ASP Longboard Qualifying Series for both men & women.
A large local crowd will be on hand to witness former Australian champion, Justin Redman from Yallingup, the top seed after his impressive performance in round 2 at Avalon a few weeks ago and Cottesloe's favourite son, Jock Bahen, who knows the wave at Iso's better than anyone, when they take on some of the best longboarders in Australia.
East Coasters Michael Cottier, Nic Jones, Heith Norrish, Nick Farago and Jack Entwistle will lead the eastern states charge for the two qualifying spots at the men's ASP World Titles in 2015.
The best place to watch all the surfing action will be right on the foreshore at Iso's Reef at Cottesloe. From there everyone will be able to see defending Whalebone women's champion, Georgia Young contest the women's ASP LQS.
The local support for her and the rest of the West Australian contingent featuring evergreen Sam Vanderford and youngster Michaela Ross will be huge when they take on Erin Dark, Roisin Carolan and the other girls from Australia's east coast and Tehani Hinkley and Katie Jones from Hawaii.
Friday evening there is the WA premier showing of the new DEUS movie "I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night" at the social hub at the SLS. Entry is free and it will be a great place to relax and discuss the first day of surfing.
Saturday sees all the amateur and age divisions get underway including the much coveted Old Mal Whalebone division. This division has been a crowd favourite for years and is contested for with as much gusto as the ASP divisions.
The trophy for this division is a rib from an actual whale discovered by Dunn on the reef many years ago and forms a strong connection between the surfers, the whales and the waves. On the foreshore there will be an exhibition of sponsors products and lifestyle stalls, plus raffles and giveaways for all.
Saturday night is party night with many of the regular visitors telling you this is what makes this event soooo much fun. This year the Smugglers will be entertaining the crowd at the SLSC with everyone welcome with plenty of coldies and the surf clubs famous curries to be had.
Finals are scheduled for all day Sunday with plenty of action again in the water and up on the foreshore before heading back to the Cottesloe SLSC for the presentation.