Anthony Spencer, through to the final. All photos: Justin Majeks / Surfing WA
The Youngs, Georgia and Denver.
Jack Medland on his way to the final.
7 July 19
Isolators Reef, Cottesloe, Perth: Georgia Young has written herself into the record books after claiming an impressive sixth victory at the 22nd Whalebone Longboard Classic, the fourth stop of the World Surf League Longboard Tour for 2019.
Despite an overnight drop in swell, Young drew upon her years of experience at Isolators Reef to defeat fellow West Australian Denver Young in tightly contested a 30-minute final.
1988 World Champion Barton Lynch was on hand to call the final and share his insights on riding a variety of different craft. “It’s great to be back in the West and last night’s Business of Surfing was a real hoot,” said Lynch. “I ride a longboard with my daughter a lot these days and it’s been great to see a few of Perth’s reef breaks come to life.”
With a light onshore wind affecting the quality of waves on offer, Georgia Young battled the shifting conditions to amass a two-wave combined total of 10.01 (from a possible 20) which included a 5.03 and a 4.98.
“I’m so stoked, I love this event and it means so much to me get another win, I’m over the moon,” said Young. “Denver and I used to surf together a lot, we both grew up surfing in Cottesloe, we went to the same school, so to have a final with her was definitely pretty special.”
Despite making her maiden WSL LT final, Denver Young couldn’t find a quality wave when required and was left chasing a 5.44 (from a possible 10) to snatch victory.
“This is my first event in 2019 and it feels great to have a rashie on again and to make the final against such a good competitor as Georgia makes it fun,” said Denver. “This event has given me the itch to compete again and I look forward to doing a bit of shortboarding and longboarding.”
The Men’s Whalebone Classic finalists were also decided today, with an all WA match up set to go down between Jack Medland and Anthony Spencer on Sunday.
Medland booked a place into his first WSL final by defeating youngster Riley Thomson in semi-final one. Notwithstanding a slow start, Medland posted a 13.73 two-wave combined total (from a possible 20) and is thrilled to be into his first Whalebone Classic final.
“I’ve been pipped in the semi’s for the past two years, so to finally make the final is great,” said Medland. “It’s cool to be in the final with Anthony, we both surf out here at Isolators heaps so it should be a great final.”
Semi-final two saw Anthony Spencer take down Sydney's William Crowe in a seesawing match up that had a little bit of everything. Spencer, built momentum throughout the 25-minute heat, finishing on a combined total of 13.76 (from a possible 20) for great footwork and powerful backhand turns.
“I couldn’t be happier right now, it’ll be my first WSL longboard final and I can’t wait for tomorrow,” said Spencer. “Jack and I have got a bit of a rivalry going on so it will be cool no matter who wins.”
An easing swell, but favourable conditions are forecast for Sunday’s finals, with a total of 16 professional and amateur divisions set to hit the water at WA’s most iconic longboarding event.
For more information be sure to check out SURFING WA and follow Surfing WA social media platforms for event updates.
You can also follow the event via the World Surf League mini site.
- REPORT BY JUSTIN MAJEKS / SURFING WA / WSL