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HIF WA Longboard & SUP Titles Event #2
Presented by SunSmart
Surfing Western Australia
Parry's Beach, Denmark Western Australia
28 - 29 April 2012
HIF WA Longboard & SUP Titles scores great surf for event two
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 1 May, 2012 : - - The sleepy town of Denmark located roughly 400 kilometres south of Perth once again turned on amazing conditions for the Health Insurance Fund (HIF) WA Longboard & SUP Titles presented by SunSmart. WA's South Coast provided the ideal location for the second event of the series and WA’s best longboarders turned up in droves to compete for prestigious State Titles and all important team positions for the upcoming Australian National Titles.
With the Perth metropolitan area and much of the South-West corner receiving some heavy rain and strong winds over the weekend, Denmark’s protected coastline of rocky points and beautiful bays allowed for light winds and a moderate ground swell kept competitors more than happy with consistent head high surf in 2-3 feet range. The spectacular scenery and fantastic waves made for a memorable event with breakout performances across the 16 divisions being contested.
Although the direction and size of the swell meant shifting the event from the fantastic facilities of the Ocean Beach Surf Life Saving Club to the open beach breaks West of the Denmark town centre. The location change delivered, with some eye catching surfing and amazing waves on offer for competitors. Longboarding has a large and passionate following in WA and for many years the desire to claim a State Longboard Title has driven many to compete. After successful first event in Yallingup, Saturday's conditions improved with classic longboard waves on offer for the finalists on Sunday.
The weekend was highlighted by the surfing in the blue ribbon Open Men's final, which saw finalists demonstrate the calibre of surfing required to represent Western Australia at the upcoming Australian Titles. City Beach's Dan Corbett made up for a disappointing start to the series in Yallingup with a dominant performance across close friends and rivals in one of the best displays of the entire event. Competition favourites Jarryd Foster (Yallingup) and multiple State Title winner Rahn Goddard (City Beach) came out of the blocks fast setting the standard for all others to follow. Corbett however, took some time to get going but when he did he was unstoppable. Corbett went from strength to strength and momentum seemed to be all his in the 25 minute final.
Corbett surfed with new school flair and old school style to dominate a heat which could have gone anyway. Corbett locked in a 7.25 ride (from a possible 10) and from there sealed the win with an excellent 8.75 ride which included a deep tube ride, carving round house cutback, and precision footwork through the shallow inside sandbank. Corbett finished with a combined total of 16.00 pts (from a possible 20) to totally outshine his fellow competitors.
"Im stoked, its been a while since I've won an event and to do it against such a strong group of surfers makes it even sweeter." Corbett commented. "I've been down here with Jarryd (Foster) for a few days and the waves have so good, Im just wrapped to win especially in such good conditions." He continued.
Corbett's dominance left runner up Jarryd Foster chasing a near perfect 9.00pt ride to snatch victory. Despite a good heat in anyone else's standard Rahn Goddard finished in third ahead of Margaret River's Jarred Davies in fourth.
The Open Women's final was equally impressive with multiple State and National title winner Claire Finnucane (Melville) outgunning her female counterparts. The final was a seesawing affair with all surfers impressing the judges with some solid scoring waves. In a final which saw it all, Finnucane showed her experience with a close fought win ahead of Scarborough's Samantha Vanderford who finished second. A defiant Michaela Ross (Denmark) showed her local knowledge to finish third ahead of Swanbourne's Georgia Young who was hampered by an ankle injury finishing in fourth.
“This weekend has again been a great display of female longboarding, great waves and great competition to go up against." Finnucane said. "I guess it will all come down to the final event in Mandurah to see who will win the title and go on to represent WA at the Nationals." Finnucane continued. Finnucane also went on to win the O35 Master Women's division to cap off an successful weekend of surfing.
The weekend also included Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) heats and racing. Considered to be one of the fastest growing segments of the sport, SUP competitor made their way to Denmark in record numbers.
In the SUP surf divisions; brothers Rick and Jake Jakovich (Gracetown) were unstoppable winning all their heats on route to the final. Rick was in blistering form in the final, opening the heat with an excellent 8.00 point ride and was then able to back it up on his final wave with a 7.00 to finish with a combined total of 15.00 pts (from a possible 20). Finishing in second was Jake Jakovich who came into the event as one of the hot favourites after winning the opening event in Yallingup. The two brothers now share the ratings lead after both winning an event each thus far.
Placing in third was 2011 SUP State Champion Brett Mason (Yallingup) with Rahn Goddard (City Beach) in fourth. The Jakovich brothers power turns on their forehand and backhand, combined with their use of the paddle will surely see them as contenders come National Titles.
Amanda Grifiths (Cottesloe) won the SUP Open Women's final from Margaret River's Genene Berry in second and Michelle England (Scarborough) battle injury to finish in third, in what was WA's first ever women's SUP event to be contested.
Other results from the weekend included Jarrah Calder (Como) winning the O35 Masters with a range of new school manoeuvres. The evergreen Kevin Anderson (North Fremantle) has a wealth of competition experience and it showed over the weekend with him winning the O40 Senior Masters State Title with two wins from two events. Anderson also went onto win the O45 Grand Masters in a convincing manner to prove himself as one of WA's best mature aged longboarders. Michaela Ross and Hugh Mitchell (Lancelin) were the best U18 Junior competitors, with Cottesloes Mark Mattisons winning the U21 Pro Junior's.
The O40 SUP Men's was won by Roger Goodwin (East Fremantle), while Ray Barker of Margaret River won the super competitive O50 Legends division. Bill Gibson (Margaret River) won the O55 Kahunas division, Nigel Coote (Yallingup) was too good in the O60 Men's division, while Dave Ellis (Busselton) won the O65 Men's.
Arguably the most exciting event of the weekend was the SUP Battle of the Paddle. This technical race required competitors to race through the breaking waves and all a course 2.5km long. Brett Mason powered ahead of the field to finish with a time of 18 minutes, 15 seconds ahead of Margaret Rivers Phil Berry, Michelle England (Scarborough) and Roger Goodwin.
Attentions now turn to the final event of the HIF WA Longboard Titles to see who will capture the remaining WA State Titles and go onto represent WA at the Australian Longboard & SUP Titles held in NSW in August. The final event of the HIF WA Longboard Titles heads to Avalon Point in Mandurah on June 23-24 2012.
HIF WA Longboard Titles presented by SunSmart. Proudly supported by Sticky Feet Wax, Forte Hospitality, Stand-Up Surf Shop, Starboard & Surfing WA.
1. Dan Corbett (City Beach) $200,
2. Jarryd Foster (Yallingup) $150,
3. Rahn Goddard (City Beach) $100,
4. Jarred Davies (Margaret River) $50.
1. Claire Finnucane (Melville),
2. Samantha Vanderford (Scarborough),
3. Michaela Ross (Denmark),
4. Georgia Young (Swanbourne),
5. Lucy Small (Denmark).
Open Men SUP:
1. Rick Jakovich (Gracetown) ,
2. Jake Jakovich (Gracetown),
3. Brett Mason (Yallingup),
4. Rahn Goddard (City Beach).
Open Women SUP:
1. Amanda Grifiths (Cottelsoe) ,
2. Genene Berry (Margaret River),
3. Michelle England (Scarborough).
U21 Pro Junior:
1. Mark Mattisons (Cottesloe).
Under 18 Girls:
1. Michaela Ross (Denmark).
Under 18 Boys:
1. Hugh Mitchell (Lancelin).
Over 35 Men:
1. Jarrah Calder (Como),
2. Nick Jenkins (Mandurah),
3. Steve Becker (Palmyra),
4. Adam Le Cornu (Ocean Reef).
Over 35 Women:
1. Claire Finucane (Melville),
2. Sam Vanderford (Scarborough).
Over 40 Men:
1. Kevin Anderson (North Fremantle),
2. Bill Gibson (Margaret River),
3. Mike Neunebel (Denmark),
4. Adam Le Cornu (Ocean Reef)
O40 Men SUP:
1. Roger Goodwin (East Fremantle),
2.Wes Stanfield (Fremantle),
3. Peter Dunn (Cottesloe),
4. Chris Gage (Attadale).
Over 45 Men:
1. Kevin Anderson (North Fremantle),
2. Doug Carruthers (Margaret River),
3. Tim Churack (Yallingup),
4. Brett Merifield (Yallingup).
Over 50 Men:
1. Ray Barker (Margaret River),
2. Norman Twight (Safety Bay),
3. Glenn Solomon (Wembly Downs),
4. Tim Churack (Yallingup).
Over 55 Men:
1. Bill Gibson (Margaret River),
2. Norman Twight (Safety Bay),
3. Tony Harrison (Albany),
4. Stan Davies (Daglish).
Over 60 Men:
1. Nigel Coote (Yallingup),
2. Tony Harrison (Albany),
3.Mick Marlin (Yallingup),
4. Jon Dadd (Cottesloe).
Over 65 Men:
1. Dave Ellis (Busselton).
SUP Battle of the Paddle:
1. Brett Mason (Yallingup) 18 mins, 15 sec,
2. Phil Berry (Margaret River),
3. Michelle England (Scarborough),
4. Roger Goodwin (East Fremantle).
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