Cottesloe Beach, Western Australia
11 - 13 July 2014
17th Whalebone Classic Longboard Event Only Weeks Away
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 23 June, 2014 - WA's Premier Professional Longboard Surfing Event is on again at Cottesloe Beach from July 11 - 13. After 17 years the interest in the annual Whalebone Classic is stronger than ever with an extra day added to the program, turning this showpiece of longboard surfing into a three day event, with over 160 competitors set to hit the surf at Iso's Reef next month.
Event Director, Peter Dunn, after a one year hiatus in 2013 is back in charge and running things. "Once again we have managed to attract a good crowd of talented surfers to the Whalebone Classic. We have the girls from Hawaii along with ASP Longboard Qualifying Series leader Erin Dark former Australian Champion Rosie Locke and Byron Bay's Roisin Carolan. They still have to beat our own WA girls, especially defending champion and Australian Champion Georgia Young and Denmark's outstanding surfer Michaela Ross."
With $10,000 in prize money and two spots for the top qualifiers onto the ASP World Longboard Championships available for the men's ASP LQS Pro division, Dunn is expecting to see some the best surfing in WA on display. Former Australian Champion, WA's Justin Redman and former Whalebone winners Ben Proudfoot, Tim Fitzpatrick and Jock Bahen will feature in this year's event and will fly the flag against Sunshine Coast surfer Nic Jones, Clinton Guest from the Gold Coast and Northern NSW's Heith Norrish and Nick Farago.
"I expect a number of other top rated surfer to attend - including Harley Ingleby and possibly even Taylor Jensen, whose house was threatened by the recent fires in California," said Dunn.
WA's Georgia Young is a Whalebone Classic winner across both U18 and Open divisions and she's looking forward to returning to Cottesloe for another crack at the prestigious title in the coming weeks.
"The Whalebone Classic is the event I look forward to every year!" Young said. "It's my home break that I've been surfing since I was 12, so I feel super comfortable no matter what the conditions. It's such a great event that attracts so many spectators so it's so exciting to be a part of. It's hard to have to travel to the east coast so often, and it gives some of the WA longboarders a real shot and inspiration to qualifying for the ASP World Championships. We get such good waves on the West coast so to showoff some of our breaks to a world-class field of longboarders is unreal."
The Whalebone Classic features three days of ASP Longboard Qualifying Series divisions for both men and women, a range of amateur divisions and lifestyle stalls and is located at Perth's innermost surfing location, Iso's Reef at Cottesloe Beach.