12th Annual Whalebone Classic

13 Jul 2009 0 Share

Ben Proudfoot today won his first ever Whalebone Classic Title Pic Woolacott

Ben Proudfoot today won his first ever Whalebone Classic Title Pic Woolacott

Jock Bahen (Cottesloe) won his 6th Old Mal Title today at Cottesloe Pic Woolacott

Jock Bahen (Cottesloe) won his 6th Old Mal Title today at Cottesloe Pic Woolacott

Claire Finnucane (Melville) made history over the weekend winning her 8th WBC title. Pic Woolacott

Claire Finnucane (Melville) made history over the weekend winning her 8th WBC title. Pic Woolacott

Perfect longboarding conditions prevailed for day 2 of the 12th annual Whalebone Longboard Classic at Cottesloe. Huey and Mother Nature worked together to turn on summer like conditions in the middle of winter. The sun and surf drew a huge crowd to witness WA’s premier longboard event contested in warm sunny conditions with 2-3 feet waves (1 – 1.5m).

The blue ribbon Open Men’s division continued their devastating form with the best surfers progessing to day two. Quarter final one saw Jock Bahen (Cottesloe) open his account with an excellent 8.5 ride then follow it up shortly afterwards with a long ride incorporating a 360 helicopter to earn a 9.25 to earn a total score of 17.25 out of a possible 20. WA State Longboard Champion Rahn Goddard (City Beach) was another local surfer to impress with a 16.20 total to finish in second and progress to the semi final rounds.

Competitors in the second quarter final suffered with a lack of quality waves as the high tide approached, making the going slow. Yesterday’s standout competitor Tim Fitzpatrick (Scarborough) was unable to find his rhythm and had to settle for second place behind Dan Corbett (City Beach). Heat 3 saw Ben Proudfoot continue his winning form with a win over Michael Corbett (City Beach) to progress through to the semi finals.

Jock Bahen picked up from where he left off in the earlier quarter finals, scoring a 7.5 for his opening ride and then an 8.8 leaving Tim Fitzpatrick and Michael Corbett fighting it out for the second spot in the final. Fitzpatrick managed to score an 8.0 on his final ride to advance with Corbett bowing out. Semi two and the waves suddenly became hard to find. Rahn Goddard made the most of his local knowledge to pick the best of what waves were available scoring 14.65 to advance to the final along with Ben Proudfoot.

The final, saw the four best surfers competing for $3000.00 up for grabs, in what is now arguably WA’s biggest lonbgboard event. Ben Proudfoot opened his scoring account with a 7.90 to take the early lead after the opening set of waves in the final. Tim Fitzpatrick then picked off a couple of good waves in a row to seize the lead while Jock Bahen moved into second place. Rahn Goddard and Ben Proudfoot stayed languishing on 1 wave each as the swell seemed to disappear completely.

But this didn’t seem to rattle Proudfoot who simply had to wait patiently to capitalise on his 7.90 ride. With under 3 minutes remaining Goddard and Proudfoot both managed to catch a second wave each which saw Proudfoot then regain the lead from Fitzpatrick. Bahen picked up another scoring wave but it wasn’t enough or him to improve his position. The final hooter sounded seeing Proudfoot winning his first Whalebone title on a total of 13.7 from Fitzpatrick on 12.75 in second place, Bahen finished third on 11.5 point total, with Goddard rounding out the top four with a 9.5 total.

“Im totally stoked with the result, I came over to WA five years ago from the Tweed Coast with Jock and I’ve never left. I love it over here and I cant believe I’ve finally won this event.” Said an elated Proudfoot.

In other results from the weekend Jock Bahen was a emotional winner of his sixth Old Mal Title. Surfing boards shaped pre 1967, Bahen surfed like his was on a modern board performing, spins, huge turns and perfect hang ten's to take the win ahead of friends and family.

"This is my favourite weekend of the year, the vibe of the event and the people is hard to match anywhere in the county." Said Bahen.

Claire Finnucane (Melville) confirmed her place amongst WA surfing royalty with her record eight win in the Open Womens division.

Other winners from the weekend included, Michaela Ross (Denmark), Tod Quartermaine (Mandurah), Kevin Anderson (North Fremantle), Chris Fullston (Yallingup), Peter Dunn (Cottesloe) and John Geyer (North Fremantle).

For further information please contact:

Event organiser – Peter Dunn 08 92847873
Media liaison – Sean McKeown 0414569208

For full results and a wrap up from the 12th annual Whalebone Classic check out www.whaleboneclassic.com.au

FINAL RESULTS

Cott Beach Hotel Open Men
1st Place: Ben Proudfoot - $1500.00
2nd Place: Tim Fitzpatrick - $750.00
3rd Place: Jock Bahen - $500.00
4th Place: Rahn Goddard - $250.00

Blue Waters Old Mal
1st Place: Jock Bahen
2nd Place: Rahn Goddard
3rd Place: Ben Proudfoot
4th Place: Raoul Braithwaite
5th Place: Kevin Anderson
6th Place: Kent Turkich

Havaianas Open Womens
1st Place: Claire Finnucane - $750.00
2nd Place: Jade Foster - $350.00
3rd Place: Sam Vanderford - $300.00
4th Place: Michaela Ross - $250.00
5th Place: Grace Clifford
6th Place: Zanie Cawood

Havaianas Junior Women
1st Place: Michaela Ross
2nd Place: Annabell Robinson
3rd Place: Eliza Shaw
4th Place: Zoe Robinson

Ocean Minded Junior Men
1st Place: Tod Quartermaine
2nd Place: Mark Matisons
3rd Place: Jed Petley
4th Place: Alex Kirke
5th Place: Lachlan Shaw
6th Place: Lachie Bahen

St Martins Properties Over 40 Men
1st Place: Kevin Anderson
2nd Place: Brett Merifield
3rd Place: Steve Del Rosso
4th Place: Wayne Lupton
5th Place: Robert Shaw
6th Place: Doug Carruthers

JCY Architects & Urban Designers Over 50 Men
1st Place: Chris Fullston
2nd Place: Brent Moss
3rd Place: Norm Twight
4th Place: Ron Dobrich
5th Place: Martin Richardson
6th Place: Peter Sherman

Longbreak.com.au Over 55 Men
1st Place: Peter Dunn
2nd Place: Brian Hood
3rd Place: Norm Bateman
4th Place: Ian Morris
5th Place: Robert Jefferies
6th Place: Greg Redfern

Funs Back Surf Over 60 Men
1st Place: John Geyer
2nd Place: John Bulgarnie
3rd Place: Mick Marlin
4th Place: Peter Dickson
5th Place: Dave Ellis
6th Place: Peter Bothwell

A big thanks to the Cottesloe Longboard Club, all the sponsors, supporters, and competitors that made the 2009 Whalebone Classic such a success.

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