Mark Matisons. Pic: Surfing WA/Majeks
Emily Gibbs. Pic: Surfing WA/O’Grady
Ryan Clarke. Pic: Surfing WA/O’Grady
11 May 22
Trigg Beach WA, Australia: Some of Western Australia’s best big board surfers are set to converge on the Peel coastline later this week, for the West Coast Suspensions Longboard & Logger State Championships presented by SunSmart.
Surfing WA last held a Longboard State Title at Avalon back in 2020 and the hiatus as attracted a diverse demographic of competitors from across WA. With a total of 16 separate divisions on offer, the State Longboard Championships has attracted a strong field of local contestants, plus those travelling from Perth, the South-West, Mid-West and Great Southern regions to compete.
The event is stacked with talent, with many past State and National Title champions attracted to the allure of the long running waves of Avalon Bay. All competitors will be out to secure a prestigious State Title and for the opportunity to represent WA at the Australian Surfing Championships scheduled to run in NSW in August.
It will be on for surfers both young and old, with great conditions forecast for divisions ranging from Under-18 Juniors through to Over-70 Super Kahunas. The event will provide a festival style atmosphere, as families, friends, and old surfing buddies get together to share waves, stoke and surf stories.
Many local Peel surfers are set to compete on home soil including; Brendan Collins (Falcon), Zali Cory (Falcon) Indigo Mackenzie (Secret Harbour) and Lindsay Small (Baldivis), who'll all be out to benefit from the home ground advantage.
Anthony Spencer (Margaret River) will spearhead an exciting Open Men's division with plenty of experienced campaigners set to lock horns at one of WA best longboard locations.
"Avalon is such a fun wave," said Spencer. "As a goofyfooter, I'm looking to surfing on my forehand and the forecast is shaping up really good, I can't wait to throw on a vest again, it's been a while for me."
While in the Women's divisions, Georgia Young (Perth), Emily Gibbs (Yallingup), Amanda Curley (North Beach) and Samantha Vanderford (Greenhead), will be doing their very best to defend State Titles from 2021.
Surfing Western Australia's Events Manager Justin Majeks is looking forward to the event saying, "It's a great opportunity for our longboard community to get together again and the forecast is shaping up nicely. There's new names in almost every division so it's going to be exciting to see some new surfers mixing it up alongside some of our established competitors."
The forecast for the event is looking positive, with a good groundswell and favourable winds set to make for an exciting three days of competition surfing. Heats will commence from approximately 9am on Friday with finals set to take place over the weekend.
Surfing WA will be streaming live heat scores and results for people to follow via their new live event site: ww.surfingwalive.com.au. Stay tuned to www.surfingwa.com.au for news, photos and updates relating to the 2022 West Coast Suspensions Longboard & Logger State Championships.
- REPORT FROM SURFING WA
About West Coast Suspensions:
West Coast Suspension formally commenced trading as Jenkins Springs Pty Ltd in Adelaide Terrace, Perth, Western Australia in 1924. The West Coast Suspensions name was registered in 1990 to further reflect the company’s progression as a specialist suspension supplier to road transport, mining, recreational 4x4 and off road vehicles.