Taoka takes the Clas­sic

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Looklocal Looklocalwa.com.au - By JON BASSETT

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.

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