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Whalebone Classic, Isolators Reef Cottesloe, 10-12 July 2015
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Grandparents hanging ten with teenagers


Longboard surfing has a rich and robust history in Western Australia, with the iconic Whalebone Classic set to celebrate it’s 18th annual installment at Cottesloe from July 10 to 12, 2015.
 
The inclusive and fun vibe of longboarding attracts a wide age-range of competitors, from as young as 16 to as old as 66.
 
The Whalebone Classic is one of just seven longboard surfing contests on the World Surf League (WSL) world tour.
 
Over 120 male and female surfers will compete for title honours across 14 divisions that includes professional men’s and women’s, under 18s, over 40s, 50s, 60s, Old Mal (surfboards made pre 1967), and the ever exciting retro loggers catergory.
 
Surfing WA CEO Mark Lane said that the event’s long history and good reputation earned itself a spot on the World Longboard Championship calendar.
 
“Isolators break at Cottesloe, south of the groin, produces great waves in winter that really suit longboard surfing,” Mr Lane said.
 
“There’s a romance attached to it – it’s surfing’s oldest discipline and one that conjures up images of Hawaiian shirts, classic cars and people hanging ten.”
 
Mr Lane said that 10,000 spectators were expected to flock to the free event.
 
“Spectators are naturally drawn to the colour and excitement of competition, and I’m sure Cottesloe will set the scene for a surfing spectacular,” he said.
 
“The Whalebone Classic fits with Surfing WA’s strategic direction of developing a marquee event for each surfing discipline.”
 
The inaugural Whalebone Classic was held in 1998 with this year marking the event’s 18th edition. It was so named after the event’s founder Peter Dunn saw what he first thought was an elephant’s tusk, but was in fact a whalebone, when diving off Isolators Reef in Cottesloe.
 
Mr Lane said that this year is first that Surfing WA has owned and event managed the Whalebone Classic, in consultation with Mr Dunn.
 
“I’d like to acknowledge Peter Dunn, the founder of the Whalebone Classic, for his years of hard work to keep it running for the past 17 years.”
 
In addition to Forrest Capital, this year’s event will be sponsored by Tony Grist, Principal at the investment firm Albion Capital Partners and Chairman of telecommunications company Amcom, as well as technology accelerator program Amcom Upstart, which is currently mentoring eight tech start-up companies in Western Australia.
 
Mr Grist said that the Whalebone Classic had become an iconic part of the Cottesloe community, attracting an increasing number of spectators every year.
 
“As a business in Western Australia, we have great pride in promoting the region, including the Whalebone Classic, which symbolises WA’s passion for sport and our status as a top destination for surfing. I am extremely pleased that a number of corporates and the tech start-up community have come together to support this year’s event,” Mr Grist said.
 
“Longboards were the first boards used in standup surfing and went from being extremely traditional to evolving throughout the years with new techniques and innovation, just as companies need to innovate to stay ahead of the curve.”
 
 Longboard turn close up

MEDIA CONTACT
Dianne Bortoletto, Pronto PR, 0439 997 075, dianne@prontopr.com.au
 
 
NOTES TO EDITORS
 
The Whalebone Classic started in 1998 when Peter Dunn was diving off Isolators Reef in Cottesloe and whilst diving he came across what he first thought was an elephant tusk, and then soon realised it was actually a whalebone, and decided to start the surfing event.

High res images of 2014 Whalebone Classic are available here

Media are encouraged to visit the Whalebone Classic event over the weekend. Please contact Dianne Bortoletto 0439 997 075 or Justin Majeks 0411 876 224
 
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