Excitement is building ahead of one of Australia's most iconic longboarding events, with the 22nd Whalebone Longboard Classic set to commence next week at Isolators Reef in Cottesloe. The Whalebone Classic is the fourth stop on the World Surf League Longboard Tour for 2019, attracting competitors from across Australia for an event famous for it's festival style atmosphere.
The Whalebone Classic 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 be sure to check out www.surfingwa.com.au and follow Surfing WA social media platforms for event updates and information.
ABOUT THE WHALEBONE LONGBOARD CLASSIC: The Whalebone Classic 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-one years later, the competition has grown to become a much-loved tradition in the local community.