Taylor Jensen (USA) and Cottesloe local Georgia Young (AUS) were today crowned champions at the Albion Capital Whalebone Classic Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) event held at Isolators Reef off the Perth metropolitan coastline.
Jensen, a two-time World Longboard Champion, demonstrated his class, defeating the reigning World Champion Harley Ingleby (AUS) in the Quarterfinals and Nic Jones (AUS) in the Semifinals to move into the Final where he met Clinton Guest (AUS) in his maiden WSL LQS Final.
The 30-minute men's Final saw Jensen and Guest combine to put on a longboarding exhibition. However, it was Jensen that saved his best until last, dropping two excellent scores of 9.00 and 9.20 to finish on a combined 18.20 (from a possible 20). Jensen takes home 1000 rating points and the $2,500 winner's cheque.
"It feels so good to win again here in WA at the Whalebone Classic," he said. "I had to make it through a few really tough heats to reach the final. These conditions are really similar to a wave I grew up surfing in California.
"I just had to be patient and wait for the good waves, the two nines came on waves that hugged the reef offered some good sections. WA has been a happy hunting ground for me and the conditions have been amazing today."
Young looked unstoppable in her Semifinal posting the event's highest two wave combined total of 18.55. Young kept the momentum rolling into the Final, where she captured back-to-back Whalebone Classic victories. Using her local knowledge to perfection, Young picked off two great waves to post a 14.50 two-wave combined total.
"We've had such perfect waves for the event, glassy little rollers which is rare for July," said Young. "I've had all but two of the WSL girls staying with me at my house and it's been such great fun. This event is all about having fun and getting paid to surf against your friends. Seems like a dream come true."
Check back at www.whaleboneclassic.com.au for more information on the event.