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Whalebone Longboard Classic 2017 - 20th Anniversary

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Spectacular surfing and fun events for the community
Cottesloe is the place to be this weekend as the 20th annual Whalebone Longboard Classic returns to "Isolators" reef break, with world class surfing and lots of free entertainment, market stalls and food vans to create an exciting community atmosphere.

The 6th stop on WSL World Longboarding Tour, the Cottesloe event attracts the world's best longboarders including reigning Whalebone title holder and 2x WSL longboard champion, Taylor Jensen from the USA and local legend Georgia Young who has won the event 4 times.

Whalebone Longboard Classic at Cottesloe
Taylor Jensen (USA) Image credit: Surfing WA/Woolacott

Young's experience at her local break should give her a competitive edge, but she said she is confident the competition will bring good vibes no matter what the result.

"The vibe in incredible, such a great social atmosphere. Everyone gets together to enjoy the live music and surf. I'm always proud of the way that everyone welcomes the international and interstate competitors," said Young. "This competition attracts the best longboarders in the world, we have had multiple Australian and world champions showcasing the highest level of our sport. It's a really great opportunity for West Australian longboarders to fine tune their skills against the best."

Whalebone Longboard Classic at Cottesloe
Georgia Young (AUS) Image credit: Surfing WA/Woolacott

The brainchild of Cottesloe local Peter Dunn, the Whalebone Classic was born in 1997. Dunn discovered a whalebone immersed in the surf at Isolators Reef and hosted a longboarding competition in memory of the whale's spirit. Twenty years later, the competition has grown to become a much-loved tradition in the local community.

Whalebone Longboard Classic at Cottesloe
Dean Beavan (NSW) Image credit: Surfing WA/Woolacott

With competitors ranging from age 15 through 68, even the most junior competitor Jacob McIvor agrees the community and camaraderie of the event is an attraction for competitors across the board.

"There is a great camaraderie between the older guys, they are always willing to give me tips and to encourage my surfing," McIvor said.

The 2017 Whalebone Classic will run at Perth's Cottesloe beach from July 7 9. For more information on the event check

Whalebone Longboard Classic at Cottesloe
Cottesloe Beach Image credit: Surfing WA/Woolacott

In addition to the surfing action during the day and free events at The Cottesloe Beach Hotel in the evenings, there is a networking event and unique opportunity to hear from two of surfing's most respected and passionate individuals who have turned their love of surfing into successful business ventures. Guests at the Business of Surfing event will have the opportunity to hear from two prominent speakers, Phil Jarratt and Nev Hyman. All tickets proceeds go towards supporting the Whalebone Longboard Classic.

Friday 7th Day 1. 7.30AM 5PM @ Isolators
Saturday 8th Day 2. 7.30AM 5PM @ Isolators
Sunday 9th Day 3. 7.30AM 4PM @ Isolators

Thursday 6th FREE
20th Anniversary Celebration and Registration Evening.
6-8PM downstairs at The Cottesloe Beach Hotel

'Business of Surfing' with guest speakers Phil Jarratt and Nev Hymans. Doors @ 5.30 at The Quadrant, 1 William Street, Perth.
Book tickets here

Saturday 8th FREE
'The Good Things'. Live Music from 7PM, lucky door prizes throughout the night. Downstairs @ The Cottesloe Beach Hotel

Sunday 9th FREE
Event Presentations. Doors Open 5pm Upstairs @ the Cottesloe Beach Hotel
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When: 7-9th July 2017
Where: Isolators Reef, Cottesloe
Cost: Watching the event is free. The Business of Surfing function tickets cost $65-85
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Great Article. I missed this event! Will need to keep a watch out for future events like this! Looked like a LOT of fun.
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