Stand Up Surf Shop Rottnest Classic
Surfing Western Australia
Strickland Bay, Western Australia
9 - 12 May 2015
Champs Justin Holland & Shakira Westdorp crowned in clean, punchy beachbreak
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 11 May, 2015 - Rottenest Island, Western Australia - In an exciting third and final day of competition, Justin Holland (Kingscliff, NSW) and Shakira Westdorp (Tugun, QLD) have been crowned the inaugural champions of the Stand Up Surf Shop Rottnest Classic presented by SunSmart.
Clean and highly contestable waves in the 3-4 feet range provided the perfect finale to Western Australia's newest and largest stand up paddle boarding (SUP) event, with the top seeded male and female surfers proving too strong in Rottnest's punchy and powerful reef breaks.
Justin Holland (Kingscliff, NSW), currently ranked 4th on the Stand Up World Tour, capitalised on his first trip to Rottnest Island defeating WA's Rick Jakovich (Gracetown), Jake Jakovich (Gracetwon) and Wesley Fry (Bicton) in a thrilling 30 minute men's final.
“I'm literally over the moon to walk away with the win here today,” said Holland. “I’m so grateful for the opportunity to come to this amazing location and be tested by some quality opposition.”
Holland displayed critical and high speed surfing to score a heat high 7.67 (from a possible 10). He then backed it up with a 6.93, to finish on a combined total of 14.60 (from a possible 20).
Despite the best efforts of fellow finalists Holland maintained his composure, leaving current Over-40 Australian SUP champion Rick Jakovich in second place on a 13.53 total, ahead of his younger brother and current WA Open Men's SUP champion Jake Jakovich in third on a 13.3 total, with youngster Wesley Fry in fourth on a 11.90 total.
"I could not speak more highly of this event, the people and the location," said Holland. "This has been a really great warm up for me leading into the next event on the SUP World Tour in a couple of weeks time."
In the women's final, rising star Shakira Westdorp (Tugun, QLD) dominated, proving she's a future star of the sport. Westdorp who recently finished 2nd in her first ever Stand Up World Tour event at Turtle Bay in Hawaii, looked perfectly in sync with the waves. Westdorp posting two excellent eight point plus rides to finish on a 16.83 combined two wave total (from a possible 20).
"This trip to Rottnest Island has been amazing, it's provided a real sense of adventure for me," said Westdorp. "I've been amazed by the quality of the waves and the stunning scenery on offer."
Westdorp's dominance left current WA Open Women's SUP champion Monica De Araujo (Scarborough) and emerging talent Narelle Kuppers (Margaret River) in a combination situation finishing in second and third respectively.
"I look forward to coming back to Western Australia and getting more girls involved in the future," said Westdorp.
The WA SUP State Titles were also completed toady, with a bumper field of entrants revelling in their first opportunity at Rottnest Island.
Brothers Jake and Rick Jackovich proved unstoppable, claiming impressive round one wins after making the final of the Stand Up Surf Shop Rottnest Classic. 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.
It was Jake Jakovich who made the most of the long running right hander, scoring an imposing 16.93 combined total (from possible 20). Leaving his older brother Rick to settle for second ahead of Wesley Fry in third, and Ben Mardon (Geraldton) in fourth.
"I'm stoked to be involved in such a great SUP event here in WA," Jakovich said. "It's been a great weekend with some really fun waves on offer across all three days."
Rick Jakovich went on to capture victory in the Over-40 SUP division, while Graham Moustaka (South Perth) and Susannah Wilson (Mosman Park) won Over-50 Men's and Open Women's divisions respectively.
This is the first time a stand up paddle event has ever been held at Rottnest Island.
"Rottnest is such an amazing event location, rich in surfing history and we’re ecstatic with the waves, weather and turnout we've had over the past three days," said Surfing WA Events Manager Justin Majeks.