Longboard surfing has a rich and robust history in Western Australia, with the iconic Whalebone Classic set to celebrate it’s 18th annual installment at Cottesloe from July 10 to 12, 2015.
The inclusive and fun vibe of longboarding attracts a wide age-range of competitors, from as young as 16 to as old as 66.
The Whalebone Classic is one of just seven longboard surfing contests on the World Surf League (WSL) world tour.
Over 120 male and female surfers will compete for title honours across 14 divisions that includes professional men’s and women’s, under 18s, over 40s, 50s, 60s, Old Mal (surfboards made pre 1967), and the ever exciting retro loggers catergory.
Surfing WA CEO Mark Lane said that the event’s long history and good reputation earned itself a spot on the World Longboard Championship calendar.
“Isolators break at Cottesloe, south of the groin, produces great waves in winter that really suit longboard surfing,” Mr Lane said.
“There’s a romance attached to it – it’s surfing’s oldest discipline and one that conjures up images of Hawaiian shirts, classic cars and people hanging ten.”
Mr Lane said that 10,000 spectators were expected to flock to the free event. Read more...