Pumping waves decide men's finalists at the Stand Up Surf Shop Rottnest Classic
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 6 May, 2017 - Rottnest Island - West Australian’s Jake Jakovich and Dave Muir have secured their place into the final of WA’s premiere SUP surfing event, the Stand Up Surf Shop Rottnest Classic presented by SunSmart after dominant performances on day three of competition.
Jakovich and Muir mastered epic competition conditions on offer at Strickland Bay, with powerful 6-8 feet (2.5metre) waves providing a true test for all who hit the water.
“Today was an amazing exhibition of stand up paddleboarding,” said Surfing WA Events Manager Justin Majeks. “It was thrilling to see our competitors revel in arguably the best waves the Rottnest Classic has ever seen.”
Former AFL player, Muir used his extensive knowledge of the Strickland Bay line-up superbly, picking off some of the best waves of the morning and used his gargantuan frame to unleash some massive backhand top turns.
Muir disposed of defending Rottnest Classic champion Kai Bates (Ulladulla, NSW) in the man-on-man quarterfinals, before scoring a last minute 7.40 (from a possible 10) to win his semi final against Rick Jakovich (Gracetown) by just 0.13 when the siren sounded.
“Huey has just turned it on for us today and this is as good as Stricko’s gets,” said Muir. “Today’s matchup's have been awesome and the waves have been pumping so I couldn’t be happier. It’s unreal to have the best in the country here as well as the World Champions younger brother, so to make the final is just the icing on the cake for me. ”
Jake Jakovich was the standout surfer of the day, dropping multiple excellent scores including the highest individual score of 9.60 (from a possible 10) and the highest two-wave combined total of 18.53 (from a possible 20).
Jakovich battled through a tough side of the draw, defeating Brazilian Ian Vaz in an entertaining quarterfinal, before disposing of inaugural Rottnest Classic champion Justin Holland (Kingscliff, NSW) in the semi finals.
Jakovich, the 2016 WA SUP State Champion showed all the signs of his strong surfing pedigree with some turns that could rival any world tour competitor.
“You couldn’t ask for any better conditions than what we’ve scored today,” said Jakovich. “With only two guys in the water it’s so clean and groomed it’s pretty amazing. I’m stoked that Vaz and Justin (Holland) have come all this way to compete and lift the standard of SUP in WA in the process.”
The swell is forecast to hold overnight with clean conditions forecast for the finals of the Stand Up Surf Shop Rottnest Classic and the finals of the WA SUP Titles.
Competition will resume from 7:40am tomorrow with the Stand Up Surf Shop Rottnest Classic Finals starting at 8:55am.