9 July 18
In another day of spectacular West Australian winter weather, competitors were treated to clean 1-2 feet peeling waves along Perth’s metropolitan coastline.
Jack Entwistle (Manly, NSW/AUS) and Georgia Young (Swanbourne, WA/AUS) today etched their names into one of Western Australia’s most prestigious and iconic trophy’s, with victory at the 21st annual Whalebone Longboard Classic in Cottesloe.
Entwistle went back-to-back at WA’s only World Surf League (WSL) Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) event, defeating Dane Pioli (Coolangatta, QLD/AUS) in a wave-starved final. While local lass Georgia Young used her intimate knowledge of the reef at Isolators to overcome rising star Emily Lethbridge (Noosa, QLD/AUS).
In the 30-minute women’s LQS final, Young used her home ground advantage to perfection, catching the best two waves on offer and posting some big numbers on her way to her the win.
Young used traditional and modern longboard manoeuvres to claim a heat high 8.00 (from a possible 10) and then backed it up with a 6.50 to finish on a combined two-wave total of 14.50 (from a possible 20).
The win was Young’s first since 2015 and she was elated to do so in front of her friends and family who cheered her to victory.
“I’m so stoked, we’ve had three days of amazing waves and it’s been such a high standard of competition, all the girls were shredding and it was awesome to really push myself and get the win,” said Young. “Emily surfs so well and I knew it was going to be a tough final, it was a really good battle and I’m so thrilled to come away with the win.”
Emily Lethbridge styled her way to a two-wave combined total of 13.65 (from a possible 20), but was left chasing a 7.61 (from a possible 10) when the final siren sounded.
Despite the second place finish, 17 year old Lethbridge proved she’s a star on the rise, capturing the 2018 LQS championship for the Australia / Oceania region and qualifying for the 2019 WSL World Longboard Tour.
“It would have been nice to get win, but it’s been a goal of my mine this year to be the regional LQS champion so I’m really happy about that,” said Lethbridge. “Georgia held priority for a long time and got the two best waves of the final. It’s been really nice here in WA and I’ll definitely be coming back next year.”
On the men’s side of the draw, Jack Entwistle made it consecutive Whalebone Classic victories, defeating Dane Pioli (Coolangatta, QLD) in a wave starved 30-minute final.
Entwistle waited almost 20 minutes before catching his first wave and despite the lack of scoring opportunities he was able to muster an impressive combined two-wave total of 16.00 (from a possible 20) that included an 8.50 and a 7.50.
Entwistle’s mix of critical rail turns and graceful footwork proved to be the difference, leaving Pioli chasing a 9.11 (from a possible 10) when the final siren sounded.
In an unbelievable turn of events, both Entwistle & Pioli finished tied on the LQS regional ratings, with a count back required to determine Entwistle as the Australia / Oceanic tour champion for 2018.
“Dane beat me in the LQS final up in Kingscliff, NSW earlier this year so it was nice to get one back on him,” said Entwistle. “I just had to be patient out there and wait for those better sets that came through. The Whalebone Classic is a super fun event, really good atmosphere and one of the best run contests in Australia, it feels so good to get the win again.”
Despite some solid surfing from Pioli, which saw him finish with a combined two-wave total of 13.76 (from a possible 20), he couldn’t find a set wave when it mattered the most.
“I first won this event back in 2008 and although it’s been a while since I’ve been back over here for it, I remember what makes this event so special,” said Pioli. “I’m really stoked to be here making finals, making some money, making points and qualifying for the World Tour in 2019. I love longboarding and progressing the sport as far as I can so I can’t complain at all.”
Surfing Western Australia Events Manger Justin Majeks was ecstatic with the success of this year’s Whalebone Longboard Classic and the quality of the surfers who attended this years festival.
"The Whalebone continually attracts some of the world's best longboarding talent to the shores of Western Australia,” said Majeks. “It's been a great opportunity for our local talent to compete on home soil, in a professional event, alongside some of the best longboarders on the planet.”
As well as the WSL LQS event, the Whalebone Classic saw 14 amateur divisions run and won.
The 2018 Whalebone Classic brought together over 130 professional and amateur longboarders come together in a true festival atmosphere, with strong corporate support, great community engagement, and a whole bunch of stoke spread across a broad age demographic.
- REPORT BY SURFING WA
WSL LQS MEN’S FINAL:
1. Jack Entwistle (Manly, NSW/AUS) - 16.50
2. Dane Pioli (Coolangatta, QLD/AUS) - 13.76
WSL LQS WOMEN’S FINAL:
1. Georgia Young (Swanbourne, WA/AUS) - 14.50
2. Emily Lethbridge (Noosa, QLD/AUS) - 13.65
VOLTE WETSUITS OLD MAL:
1. Daniel Strzina (Byron Bay, NSW) - 17.30
2. Ben Considine (Barwon Heads, VIC) - 16.63
3. Jack Medland (Marmion, WA) - 14.83
4. Zac Arena Foster (Cottesloe, WA) - 11.86
SHELLABEARS AM OPEN MEN:
1. Anthony Spencer (Trigg Beach, WA) - 15.83
2. Zac Arena Foster (Cottesloe, WA) - 12.33
3. Cameron Stewart (Rockingham, WA) - 10.10
4. Robin Somogyvari (Dunsborough, WA) - 7.86
KAILIS HOSPITALITY GROUP AM OPEN WOMEN:
1. Emily Lethbridge (Noosa, QLD) - 10.67
2. Kira Molnar (Noosa, QLD) - 9.77
3. Ellissa Bailee (Geraldton, WA) - 6.87
4. Kristy Quirk (Noosa, QLD) - 6.77
LAVAN LEGAL OPEN MEN LOGGERS:
1. Daniel Strzina (Byron Bay, NSW) - 10.30
2. Matt Mulder (Kurnell, NSW) - 10.30
3. Mark Matisons (Cottesloe, WA) - 9.10
4. Jacob McIvor (Rockingham, WA) - 6.23
SEALINK ROTTNEST OPEN WOMEN LOGGERS:
1. Kirra Molnar (Noosa, QLD) - 14.37
2. Georgia Young (Swanbourne, WA) - 13.37
3. Lucy Small (Denmark, WA) - 9.17
4. Kristy Quirk (Noosa, QLD) - 9.00
ALBION CAPITAL PARTNERS OVER 60 MEN:
1. David Robertson (Shelly, WA) - 11.23
2. Michael Cottier (Cronulla, NSW) - 10.63
3. Martin Richardson (Mt Hawthorn, WA) - 10.33
4. Norm Bateman (Karrinyup, WA) - 10.06
FIREWIRE SURFBOARDS OVER 55 MEN:
1. Paul Taylor (Denmark, WA) - 14.25
2. Rod Lyons (Coogee, WA) - 9.5
3. Ian Dobrich (Scarborough, WA) - 7.85
4. Russell Bajars (Sorrento, WA) - 7.05
VILLA LAGO OVER 50 MEN:
1. Hayden Swan (Noosa, QLD) - 13.10
2. Marty Ferrier (Wembly Downs, WA) - 8.56
3. Doug Carruthers (Margaret River, WA) - 8.20
4. Brett Reed (Munster, WA) - 6.46
COMORINO CONSTRUCTIONS OVER 50 LOGGERS:
1. Hayden Swan (Noosa, QLD) - 13.83
2. Michael Cottier (Cronulla, NSW) - 11.87
3. Steve Del Rosso (Secret Harbour, NSW) - 8.33
4. Peter Dunn (Dunsborough, WA) - 4.83
CLEARWATER SURFBOARDS OVER 40 MEN:
1. Dean Bevan (Kingscliff, NSW) - 14.36
2. Robin Somogyvari (Dunsborough, WA) - 8.63
3. Paul Burke (Dunsborough, WA) - 5.13
4. Russell Baker (Geraldton, WA) - 4.80
COTTESLOE BEACH HOTEL OVER 40 WOMEN:
1. Kristy Quirk (Noosa, QLD) - 13.94
2. Claire Finnucane (Hamilton Hill, WA) - 11.66
3. Belinda Le Grice (East Fremantle, WA) - 8.87
4. Melissa Pontre (Subicao, WA) - 8.20
GAGE ROADS OVER 35 LOGGERS:
1. Neil Thompson (Scarborough, WA) - 13.34
2. Jason Weeks (Lancelin, WA) - 7.07
3. Alex Cochrane (North Fremantle, WA) - 6.47
4. Paul Taylor (Denmark, WA) - 4.67
FUNSBACK SURF UNDER 18 JNR GIRLS:
1. Emily Lethbridge (Noosa, QLD) - 16.73
2. Laura McEwan (Denmark, WA) - 7.67
3. Zali Corry (Falcon, WA) - 6.37
SURF MEAL CO UNDER 18 JNR BOYS:
1. Aidan Feeley (Moffat Beach, QLD) - 16.56
2. Jacob McIvor (Rockingham, WA) - 14.56
3. Archie Le Grice (East Fremantle, WA) - 14.0
4. Josh Morris-Parmer (Mullaloo, WA) - 6.07