Taoka takes the Classic
SOLE international competitor Natsumi Taoka, from Japan, won the 20th annual Whalebone Classic at Isolated surf break, Cottesloe this month.
“I really like this wave and to win both LQS events in Australia is great,” Taoka said.
The Classic was contested by about 120 professional and amateur longboarders who, along with spectators, made the most of mid-winter sun and a low swell at the competition about 200m south of Cottesloe Groyne.
Jack Entwistle, from NSW, topped the World Surf League LQS1000 finalists competing in traditional and progressive longboarding.
“This my first WSL (World Surf League) win and I’m stoked to have done it here in Western Australia at the 20th Whalebone Longboard Classic,” Entwistle said
Surfing WA events Manger Justin Majeks said the Classic was WA'S longest running and most iconic long boarding event and it had attracted some of the world's best talent to Cottesloe.
Riding a pre-1967 board, Marmion surfer Jack Medland had his name put on the Whalebone trophy when he won the Old Mal final.
Trigg’s Anthony Spencer was first in the Open Men’s final and Noosa Ville’s Kristy Quirk won the Open Women's and Over-40 women's divisions. Other winners were Neil Peterson, Bicton (Over-55 men), Denmark's Mike Neunuebel (over-40 men), Cottesloe’s Jock Bahen (over-35 men), and Rockingham’s Jacob Mcivor and Zali Corry form Falcon were the best U18s.
Whalebone Classic over-55s competitor Mike Neunebel and Rod Lyons show their style. Below: Mike Neunebel rides in as Rod Lyons paddles out.