HIF WA Longboard & SUP Titles
Presented by SunSmart
Ocean Beach, Denmark, Australia
2 - 4 May, 2014
WA surfers shine in Denmark last weekend
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 6 May, 2014 - Surfers from the South Coast of the state have shown the value of local knowledge over the weekend, winning five divisions at the second stop of the Health Insurance Fund of Australia (HIF) WA Longboard & SUP Titles presented by SunSmart.
Clean and highly contestable conditions prevailed at Ocean Beach, with Denmark duo Emi Campbell and Mike Neunuebel, along with Albany's Tony Harrison shinning in an event which boasted some of the states very best longboard and stand up paddleboard (SUP) talent.
Former state and national longboard champion Justin Redman (Yallingup) made a welcome return to competition surfing, dominating the blue ribbon Open Men's division with a mix of traditional nose rides and critical rail turns. Redman stamped his authority early and built momentum on each wave ridden in the final.
The goofy footer scored a heat high 6.97 (from a possible 10) and backed it up with a 6.83 to finish on a combined total of 14.17 points (from a possible 20), marking his return to the WA longboard community. Redman finished ahead of Scott Trew (Mullaloo) on 12.73 in second, Mark Mattisons (Cottesloe) on 12.03 in third ahead of Mike Neunuebel on 9.73 in fourth.
The win was Redman's first in the Open Men's division in over a decade and he was clearly elated with his performance over the weekend. "It's been a long time since I've taken out one of these events, they mean a lot to me and there's no feeling quite like winning is there," said Redman.
In a surprise result, current U/18 Australian longboard champion Denver Young (Cottesloe), put up a gutsy performance to takeout dual Australian longboard champion Georgia Young (Swanbourne) in the Open Women's division.
Following Redman's theory, it was the teenager's mix of traditional and modern manoeuvres that saw her secure victory by just 0.83, leaving Georgia Young in second ahead of Emi Campbell and Rachel Dawe (Lancelin), placing third and fourth respectively.
"I can't really can't believe this, I'm shaking right now," said Young who will now be set to compete in two divisions at this years National Titles in Coffs Harbour, NSW.
Gracetown brothers Rick and Jake Jackovich proved unstoppable in the SUP divisions both claiming prestigious WA State Titles in the process. The duo won all their heats on route to the finals where they went head to head in the blue ribbon Open Men's division. The two traded blows like a heavyweight world title match up with Jake making the most of the long running rights on offer leaving his older brother Rick Jackovich to settle for second ahead of Justin Redman (Yallingup) and Mike Galvin (Cottesloe).
"I'm stoked to be involved in such a great SUP event series here in WA," Jakovich said. "It's always good to get one up on your brother, especially with a state title on the line "
Rick Jakovich used the Open Men's result as motivation, as he went on to win the O/40 SUP division and the 2014 State Title in the process.
Graham Moustaka (South Perth) and Narelle Kuppers (Margaret River) won the remaining SUP divisions, the O/50 Men and Open Women's divisions respectively.
Justin Redman carried his form winning form over into the O/35 Master's division with a 14.83 combined total (from a possible 20). While Samantha Vanderford (Scarborough) was too good in the O/35 Master Women's winning back-to-back events and the 2014 State Title.
Dunsborough's Paul Burke won the O/40 Senior Masters division in a close result from longboard stalwart Kevin Anderson (North Fremantle).
Doug Carruthers (Margaret River) won the O/45 Grand Masters, while local surf school operator Mike Neunuebel dominated the O/50 Legends and O/55 Kahunas division taking out two wins on his local beach.
"This is always such a fun event and it's a great privilege to host all these fantastic surfers on our stretch of the coast." Neunuebel said.
Stan Davies (Daglish) won a tight O/60 Men's final while Albany's Tony Harrison won the O/65 division and State Title.
U16 shortboard national champion Emi Campbell (Denmark) joined the winners circle taking out back-to-back U/18 Junior girls wins and the 2014 State Title. While, Jack Medland (Carine) had a memorable weekend winning two divisions and his first ever State Title. Medland took out the U/18 Junior boys and U/21 Pro Junior division in style.
After a mammoth event which saw a total of seventeen separate divisions contested, Surfing WA events manager Justin Majeks was impressed saying, "Denmark is one of those great locations that really mimics conditions that competitors heading to National Titles can expect to surf on the East Coast later this year. It's been a great weekend and well done to all our State Champions and winners."
After a hugely successful start to the 2014 HIF State Longboard and SUP Titles, all eyes are now turned toward the third and final event of the competition which will head to Mandurah on the 28-29 June. The event is set to finalise all remianing State Titles and positions for 2014 National Titles.
1. Justin Redman (Yalllingup), 2. Scott Trew (Mullaloo) 3. Mark Mattisons (Cottesloe), 4.Mike Neunuebel (Denmark).
1. Denver Young (Cottesloe), 2. Georgia Young (Swanbourne), 3. Emi Campbell (Denmark), 4. Rachel Dawe (Lancelin).
Open Men SUP:
1. Jake Jalovich (Gracetown), 2. Rick Jackovich (Gracetown), Justin Redman (Yallingup) 4. Mike Glavin (Cottesloe).
U21 Pro Junior:
1. Jack Medland (Carine), 2. Hugh Mitchell (Lancelin), 3. Anthony Spencer (Trigg).
Under 18 Girls:
1. Emi Campbell (Denmark), 2. Denver Young (Cottesloe), 3. Gidget Neunebel (Denmark), 4. Izzy Marchetti (Mullaloo).
Under 18 Boys:
1. Jack Medland (Carine), 2. Anthony Spencer (Trigg), 3. Hugh Mitchell (Lancelin), 4. Jackson Hughes (Hillarys).
Over 35 Men:
1. Justin Redman (Yallingu), 2. Scott Trew (Mullaloo), 3. Russell Baker (Geraldton), 4. Nick Jenkins (Mandurah).
Over 35 Women:
1. Sam Vanderford (Scarborough), 2. Claire Finucane (Melville), 3. Yvetter Fraser (Yallingup).
Over 40 Men:
1. Paul Burke (Dunsborough), 2. Kevin Anderson (North Fremantle) 3. Doug Carruthers (Margaret River), 4. Bill Gibson (Margaret River).
Over 40 Men SUP:
1. Rick Jakovich (Gracetown), 2. Neil Thompson (Scarborough) 3. Roger Goodwin (Bicton), 4. Mike Galvin (Cottesloe).
Over 45 Men:
1. Doug Carruthers (Margaret River), 2. Glenn Solomon (Wembly Downs), 3. Adam Le Cornu (Ocean Reef), 4. Tony Turner (Mandurah).
Over 50 Men:
1. Mike Neunuebel (Denmark), 2. Brett Merifield (Yallingup), 3.Kingsley Schilling (Geraldton), 4. Martin Richardson (Mt Lawley).
O50 Men SUP:
1. Graham Moustaka (South Perth) 2. Gordon McKercher (Mosman Park), 3. Adam Gare (Swanbourne), 4. Lach Simpson (Bicton).
Over 55 Men:
1. Mike Neunuebel (Denmark), 2. Barrie McKinnon (Yallingup), 3. Bill Gibson (Margaret River), 4. Martin Richardson (Mt Hawthorn) 5.30pts.
Over 60 Men:
1.Stan Davies (Daglish), 2. Tony Harrison (Albany), 3. Peter Dunn (Yallingup), 4. Mick Marlin (Dunsborough).
Over 65 Men:
1. Tony Harrison (Albany), 2. Dave Ellis (Busselton), 3. Mick Marlin (Dunsborough).