HIF WA Longboard Titles
Trigg Beach, Western Australia
Mandurah, Western Australia
Pumping surf off Mandurah for HIF WA Longboard Titles
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 29 June, 2015 - Trigg Beach, Australia - Over 100 surfers from right across Western Australia have benefited from a highly anticipated weekend groundswell, with near perfect winter conditions on offer at Avalon Point for the final events of the Health Insurance Fund of Australia (HIF) WA Longboard Titles and North Freo Stand Up Surf WA SUP Titles presented by SunSmart.
As monstrous waves hammered the south-west corner of the state, Avalon's iconic left-hand point break delivered long clean walls in the 4-6 feet range, perfectly suited to the traditional longboards and high performance paddle boards that were utilised across seventeen separate divisions contested.
"There was a lot of excitement and hype in the air this weekend," said Surfing WA Events Manager Justin Majeks. "The size and quality of surf on offer on both days was phenomenal and provided a fitting conclusion to a sensational 2015 competition series."
Commitment proved to be the key to success, with WA stalwarts Justin Redman (Dunsborough), Georgia Young (Swanbourne) and Jake Jakovich (Gracetown) showing their class, posting high scores and claiming impressive wins on their way to State Championship glory.
Using his repertoire of new and old school manoeuvres, Justin Redman proved to be at the top of his game, taking out both the Open Men's and Over-35 Masters longboard State Championships in emphatic style.
Despite breaking two boards in the powerful surf, Redman looked in rhythm with the ocean scoring two excellent rides in the Open Men's final, posting an impressive two wave combined total of 16.75 (from a possible 20). Even the best efforts of inform surfers Jack Medland (Marmion), Scott Trew (Gabbadah) and Ryan Egan (Secret Harbour), it was Redman who conquered the waves at Avalon to come out on top.
"It's great to see the standard of competition increase year in and year out," said Redman. "I'm stoked to see young guys like Jack making the finals and I'm really excited to head back to Coffs Harbour in August for the National Titles."
Swanbourne's Georgia Young surfed with poise and class to claim her third consecutive Open Women's State Championship. Although pressured from an emerging new generation of female longboarders in WA, Young was too good weaving and linking her turns effortlessly to leave Issabella Marchetti (Mullaloo) in second ahead of Chelsea Bedford (Busselton) in third and Belinda Le Grice (East Fremantle) in fourth.
"It's been an amazing weekend with some great waves," Young said. "Last years wasn't my best performance at the Australian Titles so I'm really looking forward to getting to Coffs Harbour with hopes of winning."
The standard remained high across all other divisions including the hotly contested SUP finals. Jake Jakovich (Gracetown) surfed superbly to win the Open Mens SUP division from older brother Rick Jakovich (Gracetown) in a closely fought battle for the 2015 State Championship.
Jakovich scored an excellent 8.60 (from a possible 10) and backed it up with an 8.35 to finish on a combined total of 16.95 (from a possible 20) which left his brother chasing a 9.21 or better for victory. Ben Mardon (Geraldton) finished in third ahead of the rapidly improving Wesley Fry (Bicton). "It's been a great event and such a sick competition venue," said Jakovich. "I know Rick really wanted this win as badly as I did, but I couldn't be happier with the result."
Ben Mardon (Geraldton) took top honours in a tight finishing Over-40 Men's SUP final. Mardon's spirited approach saw him finish on a 12.4 combined total (from a possible 20). Marion finished ahead of Ian Ausden (Claremont) in second, Crawford Olney (Hamilton Hill) in second, and Mike Galvin (Cottesloe) placing fourth.
"I'm stoked to have travelled to all three events and now qualified for the Australian Titles," said Mardon. "We have a real SUP community here in WA and it's only growing."
Tim Calder (Yallingup) won the Over-50 Men's SUP final, with Adam Gare (Swanbourne) capturing his maiden State Championship. While Monica De Araujo (Scarborough) successfully claimed back-to-back Open Women's SUP State Titles. "It's great to have more and more girls attracted to the sport," said De Araujo. "We've been so blessed at this years events and I'm really looking forward to attending the National Titles."
In other results from the weekend, Yallingup's Paul Burke won the Over-40 Senior Masters longboard division to confirm his position in the WA State Team. While a second place finish for Adam Le Cornu (Ocean Reef) was enough to see him claim his maiden State Championship in the Over-45 Grand Masters division.
Mike Neunuebel (Denmark) claimed the Over-50 Legends State Title with a third place finish in the division behind Yallingup's Brett Merifiled and Barrie McKinnon. Former National Title holder Brent Moss (Esperance) dominated the Over-55 Kahunas division claiming the State Title with back-to-back wins in Denmark and Mandurah.
"I've always loved the waves here at Avalon," said Moss. "I've had a great weekend and look forward to hopefully competing at a new location (Coffs Harbour) for National Titles."
Peter Dunn (Dunsborough) won the Over-60 Dukes division, while Gary McCormick claimed the State Title with a second place finish. Albany's Tony Harrison was in fine touch winning the O/65 Men's division and State Championship.
WA's growing field of up and coming talent, saw Jack Medland (Marmion) take out the Logger State Championship, while Anthony Spencer (Trigg) and Issabella Marchetti (Mullaloo) were successful in the Under-18 Junior divisions.
After a marathon weekend and a hugely successful 2015 event series that saw longboard and SUP events held in Yallingup, Rottnest, Denmark and Mandurah, all attentions now turn towards best preparing the WA State Teams for the upcoming Longboard National Titles in Coffs Harbour, NSW in August and SUP National Titles in Currumbin, QLD in October.