WA’s Open Men’s Longboard Champ and Whalebone regular Jack Medland, here taking out the Wild Things Surf Club event at Byron. Pic: Kane Skennar
28 June 19
News from the WSL: Excitement is building ahead of one of Australia’s greatest longboarding events, with the 22nd Whalebone Longboard Classic set to commence next week at Isolators Reef in Cottesloe.
This is the fourth stop on the World Surf League World Longboard Tour for 2019, attracting competitors from across Australia for an event famous for its festival style atmosphere.
The Whalebone was born in 1998 after local longboarder Peter Dunn, discovered a whale’s rib bone immersed in the surf at Isolators and decided to host a longboarding competition in memory of the whale’s spirit.
Twenty two years on, the competition has grown to be a much-loved tradition on the global calendar and within the local community.
Headlining the local talent this year includes WA’s Open Men’s and Open Women’s Longboard State Champions Jack Medland (AUS) and Georgia Young (AUS).
Medland is one of the most stylish surfers in WA and has recently taken to shaping his own equipment in hopes of gaining a competitive edge.
While Georgia Young is the defending Whalebone Classic Women’s Champion and has grown up surfing along Perth’s metropolitan coastline and will be drawing upon her years of experience at Iso’s.
The Whalebone Classic combines a total of 14 professional and amateur divisions, with over to 100 competitors ranging in age from 11 through to 70 years all set to compete side by side.
“This year marks the Whalebone’s 22nd anniversary, which is a testament to its success and the support from the local community,” said Surfing WA events manager Justin Majeks. “As just one of ten World Surf League sanctioned longboard events globally, the Whalebone is as big as it gets for longboarding in WA.”
The Whalebone Classic is much more that just a surfing competition, with an impressive social calendar of events and activities for people to get involved with, as well as onsite catering, surf stalls, live music and much, much more.
For more information on this or any other WA event check out SURFING WA and follow Surfing WA social media platforms for event updates and information.
You can also follow the event via the World Surf League mini site
WHALEBONE LONGBOARD CLASSIC SOCIAL SCHEDULE:
Thursday 4th July
FREE – Competition Registration Evening
6-8PM downstairs at The Cottesloe Beach Hotel.
Friday 5th July
FUNCTION - 'Business of Surfing' with guest speaker 1988 World Champion Barton Lynch
Doors open @ 5.30PM in the Perth CBD - ticketed event, more info here https://www.surfingaustralia.com/SurfingWesternAustralia/event/whalebone-classic-business-of-surfing-2019)
Saturday 6th July
FREE – Live Music & Surfboard Giveaway from 7PM @ The Cottesloe Beach Hotel
Sunday 7th July
FREE - Event Presentations.
Doors Open 5pm Upstairs @ the Cottesloe Beach Hotel
More info at World Surf League