WA set to host two 2014 ASP LQS events
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 28 April, 2014 - The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) is pleased to announce that Western Australia will play host to two Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) events this year - the Whalebone Classic and the Be The Influence Avalon Cup.
The inaugural Be The Influence Avalon Cup will run at Avalon Point, Mandurah from May 17 - 18 and will bolster the amount of LQS events in Australasia, offering more opportunity for our growing crop of emerging longboarding talent.
"Surfing WA is really excited to add another ASP LQS event on the calendar," said Justin Majeks, Surfing WA's Event Director. "Longboarding has a large and passionate following here in the West, with some great talent including current WA's own Georgia Young who's been pushing the sport to a new generation. Mandurah is just one hour south of Perth and offers a wide range of really great surf options, and Avalon is a classic longboard wave."
The Whalebone Classic will return for the 16th time and will be held at Cottesloe in Perth, the location where event director Peter Dunn found a washed up whalebone on the beach, which was the inspiration for this iconic event. Peter is thrilled to have this event return for another year and host a stellar local and international field of competitors at Cottesloe from July 11 - 13.
"We can't wait for the three day event and are looking forward to hosting interstate and international competitors in the West for the 2014 edition of the Whalebone Classic!" Dunn said.
"The event's ability to attract a global field is impressive, but it’s biggest achievement is what it has done for WA’s junior surfing, it has lifted the standard of junior surfers. You just have to look at the current back-to-back Australian Longboard champion Georgia Young."
"Georgia started out a few years ago winning the Whalebone Classic in 2006 and, at age twenty-four, took out the Australian Titles in 2012, continuing her form in 2013 to win again. Perhaps she is following the footsteps of four-time Australian Longboarding champ and ten time Whalebone winner and local, Claire Finnucane."