2017 will see the 20th installment of the Whalebone Classic LQS event to be held at the beautiful Cottesloe Beach in Perth. The Whalebone Classic has played a pivotal part in world longboarding since commencing in 1997 making this year a celebration of an historical event.
Local favourite and four-time event champion Georgia Young will be back in 2017 to hunt for a fifth title while showing the world's best how to surf the wave at Isolators, her local spot.
"The Whalebone is my favourite event every year," Young said. "I love competing with all my friends and family cheering up on the hill. It attracts so many spectators to the beach to create an exciting atmosphere. The vibe in incredible, such a great social atmosphere, everyone gets together to enjoy to live music and surf. This competition attracts the best Longboarders in the world, we have had multiple Australian and World Champions showcasing the highest level of our sport."
Young has the advantage of prepping for the event year round at Isolators, and by all accounts it has been a bumper start to the winter season.
"The waves at isolators have been super fun lately, we have had lots of good swell to practice in the last month or so," Young continued. "We always manage to get really contestable waves for the Whalebone no matter what the forecast, but fingers crossed for some perfect offshore conditions this year."
Another former event winner is Jack Entwistle from NSW. Entwistle is one of the top longboarders in the world and will come into the Whalebone as a favourite to win the event. Currently sitting in third on the LQS, he will be looking for a solid result to book into the World Longboard Championship event later this year.
"I'm feeling good in the lead up to the Whalebone," Entwistle said. "I've competed in the event for the past few years and as always is a super fun weekend with such good a good atmosphere. I'm looking to get a solid result here to help' me re-qualify and keep my spot on the World Longboard World Championship."
Entwistle has competed at the Whalebone for a number of years and is excited to be apart of this year's historical installment.
"It's going to be a big event for Surfing WA and the history of the Whalebone being the 20th Anniversary, one of the longest running longboarding events in the country," Entwistle continued. "I've been lucky enough to win the Whalebone on the Old mal a couple years and now have my name on the bone. The waves at Isolators are always fun so I'm hoping this year delivers swell and clean conditions."
Surfing WA CEO Mark Lane is a massive supporter of the Whalebone Classic and what it brings to the West Australian sporting calendar.
"The Whalebone Classic is one of WA's longest running surfing events," Lane said. "This year will mark the 20th anniversary of the Whalebone, which is a testament to its success and support from the local community. As one of ten World Surf League sanctioned events, the Whalebone is as big as it gets for longboarding in our state, and as always, we expect that it will attract the best surfers at local, national and international level."
The Whalebone Classic will run at Perth's Cottesloe beach from July 7 - 9.