Sunova State Longboard Series 2009
Final round of competition is blessed with near perfect waves in the states deep south.
The sleepy South Coast town of Denmark located approximately 4 hours south of Perth, once again turned on amazing conditions for the third and final event of the Sunova State Longboard Series. For the third year running Ocean Beach provided the ideal location for WA’s best longboarders to compete for prestigious State Titles and all important team places for the upcoming Australian Longbord Titles. With the Perth metropolitan area receiving some heavy rain and strong winds over the weekend, Denmark’s protected coastline allowed for an excellent event with clean offshore winds and a building swell keeping competitors more than happy. The spectacular scenery and fantastic facilities of the Surf Life Saving Club had to offer will see that the Denmark event remains embedded in the Surfing WA contest calendar.
A quality right hander in the corner of Ocean Beach, saw waves peeling for over fifty meters and straight away the level of competition was high. A total of seven State Titles were still up for grabs, so the weekend was always going to throw up some close scoring heats.
Two times State Open Champion Rahn Goddard (City Beach) was out to cement his name in WA longboard history with a third consecutive State Longboard Title if successful at Denmark. With four of the five highest rated surfers making it through to the Open Men’s final, the pressure was always going to be on Goddard. Local Denmark surfer Pat McCarthy joined Jarrah Calder (Mosman Park) and Lindsay Small (Melville) in an effort to stop the champion in his tracks. But it was Goddard that lived up to his reputation taking a convincing win and another State Title for the mantelpiece. Goddard put on a flawless display locking away an opening score of 7.50, a clear indication of his intent in this final. When he locked in an impressive 8.25, Goddard’s sizzling form gave him the result he was chasing.
"I only caught three waves in the final, but they were all really good. I knew that I just had to be patient and wait for the better ones, when they came through they went all the way to the beach." Said Goddard, who will lead a strong WA State Longboard Team to Port Macquarie for the Australian National Titles in just over six weeks time.
Patrick McCarthy pushed hard in the 25 minute final, but had to settle for a second place and runners up finish on the 2009 ratings.
“Its great to surf at my home beach, I work as a lifeguard here in the summer and love having my friends and family here to support me.” Said McCarthy who had his most successful competition season to date.
Jarrah Calder completed a great transition to the traditional longboarding with a third place finish in his second final from three events. Lindsay Small rounded out the top four with solid weekend of surfing.
The Open Women's final was equally impressive with Swanbourne’s Georgia Young coming out on top to claim her maiden State Longboard Title. This final was a seesawing affair with Young and Claire Finnucane (Melville) caught in an enthralling battle for the lead, it would come down to this event to see who would secure the 2009 State Open Womens Title. Young’s last score of 8.50 was enough to see her edge out Finnucane for the win, with Jade Foster (Yallingup) finishing third, Michaela Ross (Denmark) was impressive in fourth, and Arlene Nagtzaam (Yallingup) coming in fifth.
“Im stoked with the win, its great to come down here because the waves are always good fun. To claim my first Title is awesome, Claire is such an avid competitor so to have her on my heals was good to keep me on my game.” Said Young who will look to defend her crown at the Whalebone Classic in Cottesloe in the coming weeks.
Brett Mason (Yallingup) was crowned WA’s first ever Stand Up Paddleboard State Champion, with a sign that the sport is moving into the mainstream with it recently added to the divisions at National Titles. Mason was also in the mix for the Open Title, but bummed out it the semi finals to finish third overall.
“Im really excited about going over East, it will be great to go up against some of those guys who are really talented on the SUP’s.” Mason commented.
Rahn Goddard finished second ahead of Peter Dunn (Cottesloe) in third and Jon Dadd (Cottesloe) in fourth place.
It was a case of Denmark surfers dominating their respective age divisions with Peter Campbell taking victory in the O/35 Men, Michaela Ross backed up her Open Women’s final with a win in the U/18 Junior Girls. Young Emi Campbell finished in third place in the U18 Junior Girls. In other results from the weekend Mark Mattisons (Cottesloe) won the U18 Junior Boys as well as the State Title. Lindsay Small completed a good weekend with a win in the U/21 Pro Juniors. Brett Merifield (Dunsborough) won both the O/40 and O/45 Men’s and will be a handy addition to the WA State Longboard Team. Bill Gibson (Margaret River) was the O/50 Men winner, Brian Hood (Geraldton) won the O/55 Men’s Meanwhile, Mick Marlin (Dunsborough) won the O/60 Men's title.
The attentions of competitors now turn to the 12th Annual Whalebone Classic, WA’s premier longboard event to be held at Cottesloe over the weekend of the 11th and 12th of July.
The official final ratings from the 2009 Sunova State Longboard Series, as well as 2009 State Champions can be found on the Surfing Western Australia website at www.surfingwa.com.au
Surfing WA would like to wish the 2009 WA State Longboard Team every success at the upcoming National Titles to be held at Port Macquarie from August 16th through til August 22nd.
THE 2009 SUNOVA STATE LONGBOARD SERIES IS PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY SUNOVA SURFBOARDS, BROWNES CHILL, YALLINGUP BEACH HOLIDAY PARK, SUNSMART & SURFING WA.
FINAL RESULTS >
1. Rahn Goddard (City Beach), 2. Pat McCarthy (Denmark), 3. Jarrah Calder (Mosman Park), 4. Lindsay Small (Melville).
1. Georgia Young (Swanbourne), 2. Claire Finnucane (Melville), 3. Jade Foster (Yallingup), 4. Michaela Ross (Denmark), 5. Arlene Nagtzaam (Yallingup).
Stand Up Paddle Board:
1.Brett Mason (Yallingup), 2. Rahn Goddard (City Beach), 3. Peter Dunn (Cottelsoe), 4. Jon Dadd (Cottesloe).
1. Lindsay Small (Melville), 2. Dan Refeld (Hillarys), 3. Trent Merifield (Yallingup).
Under 18 Girls:
1. Michaela Ross (Denmark), 2. Rachel Dawe (Lancelin), 3.Emi Campbell (Denmark), 4. Annabel Robinson (Applecross).
Under 18 Boys:
1. Mark Matisons (Cottesloe), 2. Lachlan Shaw (Cottesloe).
Over 35 Men:
1. Peter Campbell (Denmark).
Over 35 Women:
1. Arlene Nagtzaam (Yallingup), 2. Claire Finnucane (Melville).
Over 40 Men:
1.Brett Merifield (Yallingup), 2. Colin Arkwright (South Lake), 3. Kim Davis (Busselton).
Over 45 Men:
1. Brett Merifield (Dunsborough), 2. Ray Barker (Margaret River), 3. Colin Arkwright (South Lake), 4. Rob Shaw (Cottesloe).
Over 50 Men:
1. Bill Gibson (Margaret River), 2. Norman Twight (Secret Harbour), 3. Mike Neuenuebel (Denmark), 4. Peter Dunn (Cottesloe).
Over 55 Men:
1. Brian Hood (Geraldton), 2. Gerry Bejarrano (Trigg), 3. Jon Dadd (Cottesloe) 4. Tony Harrison (Albany).
Over 60 Men:
1. Mick Marlin (Dunsborough), 2. Tony Harrison (Albany), 3. Dave Robertson (Shelly), 4. Dave Ellis (Busselton), 5. Colin Small (Melville)
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