THE SPIRITUAL HOME OF SURFING IN WA SET TO PLAY HOST TO THE STATES BEST LONGBOARD TALENT
Some of Western Australia's very best longboard talent will be converging on Yallingup in the coming days, preparing to compete in the opening event of the Health Insurance Fund of Australia (HIF) WA Longboard Titles presented by SunSmart.
The three-day event has attracted diverse range of surfers all itching to compete at the spiritual home of surfing in WA. Close to 80 competitors ranging from Under-18 Juniors through to Over-70 Stalwarts will combine traditional and high performance manoeuvres with hopes of qualifying for the Australian Surf Festival to be held in Tweed Heads, NSW in August.
“Yallingup is such an iconic location and we're thrilled to be hosting our first longboard State Title here for the year,” said Surfing WA Events Manager Justin Majeks. “The forecast is looking really fun will certainly provide our competitors with ample opportunity to display their artistry on Yallingup's canvases.”
Surfing WA is excited to introduce a four man priority system at the HIF Longboard Titles for the first time and combined with a double elimination format will surely provide an increased user experience for all competitors.
The event will see some of the WA's best longboarders compete including reigning Open Men's State Champion Scott Trew (Gabbadah), who is looking forward to tackling the powerful surf off Yallingup.
“The depth of talent competing this year is really impressive, there's probably five or six guys who could win the Open division and many more that compete in the Loggers as well,” said Trew. “The introduction of the priority system will be a great initiative as Yallingup is such a big playing field.”
South-West locals who will look to benefit from a strong home ground advantage include experienced local trio, Jack Medland (Dunsborough), Brett Merifield (Dunsborough), and current Over-60's National Champion Bob Monkman (Yallingup).
HIF's continued support of surfing in WA confirms the brands commitment to promoting a healthy lifestyle amongst the surfing community.
“HIF has a keen interest in supporting better health and wellbeing outcomes for Australians and surfing is a great way to keep fit mentally and physically,” said HIF Executive Manger, Anne Humphrey. “Our partnership with Surfing WA demonstrates our shared interest in keeping our community safe, happy and healthy,”
The diverse demographic of competitors from across WA will provide a festival style atmosphere, as families, friends, old surfing buddies and spectators revel in the gathering of the tribes this weekend. Competitors will also be able to demo a new fleet of Firewire longboards at the event.
The short-range surf forecast is looking positive, with a medium groundswell set to pulse towards Yallingup in the coming days. Combined with clean offshore winds, the anticipation levels of all competitors will certainly be building.
Competition will commence at Yallingup from 7:40am Friday, with finals set to take place on Sunday.
Surfing WA will be streaming live heat scores and results for people to follow via their new live event site: www.surfingwalive.asn.au
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Stay tuned to www.surfingwa.com.au for news, photos and updates relating to the event, or follow Surfing WA's Buzzy Feed to stay updated with the latest event information as it happens.
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