STAND UP SURF SHOP ROTTNEST CLASSIC
Top seeds take title at Rottnest's first SUP surfing contest
The first professional Stand Up Paddle (SUP) surfing contest contest at Rottnest Island, the Stand Up Surf Shop Rottnest Classic, last weekend (8 to 10 May 2015) has been hailed a huge success.
The top seeds in the men's and women's category, Justin Holland (Kingscliff, NSW) and Shakira Westdorp (Tugun, QLD) took out the men's and women's titles.
Justin Holland, currently ranked 4th on the Stand Up World Tour, capitalised on his first trip to Rottnest Island defeating WA's Rick Jakovich (Gracetown), Jake Jakovich (Gracetwon) and Wesley Fry (Bicton) in a thrilling 30 minute men's final.
Holland displayed critical and high speed surfing to score a heat high 7.67 (from a possible 10). He then backed it up with a 6.93, to finish on a combined total of 14.60 (from a possible 20).
Taking up SUP surfing just five years ago as recovery from an ankle injury tow-surfing, Holland said he was over the moon with his win and was impressed with the Stand Up Surf Shop Rottnest Classic.
“I’m so grateful for the opportunity to come to this amazing location and be tested by some quality opposition," Holland said.
"I could not speak more highly of this event, the people and the location. This has been a really great warm up for me leading into the next event on the SUP World Tour in a couple of weeks time.
"I think this event could grow into a really strong SUP surfing event. The diversity of the Rottnest Island with the animals, natural environment and number of surf breaks is awesome. I mean, just look at this location! When it's on, the waves at Rottnest are world class."
In the women's final, rising star Shakira Westdorp (Tugun, QLD) dominated, proving she's a future star of the sport. Westdorp who recently finished 2nd in her first ever Stand Up World Tour event at Turtle Bay in Hawaii, looked perfectly at home on Rottnest Island waves. Westdorp posted two excellent eight point plus rides to finish on a 16.83 combined two wave total (from a possible 20).
"This trip to Rottnest Island has been amazing, it's provided a real sense of adventure for me," Westdorp said. "I've been amazed by the quality of the waves and the stunning scenery here."
Westdorp defeated current WA Open Women's SUP champion Monica De Araujo (Scarborough) and emerging talent Narelle Kuppers (Margaret River) who finished second and third respectively.
"I look forward to coming back to Western Australia and getting more girls involved in the future," Westdorp said.
SUPWA Vice President Roger Goodwin said that the conditions at Rottnest Island were ideal for a professional SUP surfing contest.
"The off shore breeze and one to two metre swells produced clean waves that were perfect for stand up surfing - the competitors, myself included, had a ball," Goodwin said.
Goodwin said that a professional division had prize pool of $7,000 which was designed to get the attention of the best competitors.
“Inline with Surfing WA’s strategy, I believe it’s important that an iconic event is established for all surf disciplines – SUP included – and this weekend Rottnest Island provided ideal conditions for a SUP surfing competition,” Goodwin said.
Stand Up Surf Shop owner and key sponsor of the event, Mike Galvin, said that the competition will help elevate the sport and develop WA's SUP surfers into title-contenders.
"It's one of the fastest growing water sports in the world, and what's so good about it is that anyone can do it - as Justin [Holland] said, he started to SUP surfing as a result of a surfing injury which meant he couldn't surf.
“It’s really easy to learn and you can SUP on all sorts of water bodies – in the river in flat water, open ocean and in waves,” the Stand Up Surf Shop owner said.
“It’s also extremely good for your health - it increases fitness, builds core strength and has a really calming effect on the mind. We see many people get back into the ocean who may have stopped due to injury or other health reasons.”
The Stand Up Surf Shop Rottnest Challenge was held at Strickland Bay and was the first time a stand up paddle event has ever been held at Rottnest Island.
For more information, visit www.supwa.com.au.
THE STAND UP SURF SHOP ROTTENEST CLASSIC & WA SUP TITLES RESULTS:
MEN'S ROTTNEST CLASSIC:
1. Justin Holland (Kingscliff, NSW) 14.60pts $2,200, 2. Rick Jakovich (Gracetown, WA) 13.53pts $1,200, 3. Jake Jakovich (Gracetown, WA) 13.30pts $650, 4. Wesley Fry (Bicton, WA) 11.90pts, $450.
WOMEN'S ROTTNEST CLASSIC:
1. Shakira Westdorp (Tugun, QLD) 16.83pts $650, 2. Monica De Araujo (Scarborough, WA) 8.53pts $250, 3. Narelle Kuppers (Margaret River, WA) 6.17pts, $150.
WA SUP OPEN MEN'S:
1. Jake Jakovich (Gracetown, WA) 16.93pts, 2. Rick Jakovich (Gracetown, WA) 12.00pts, 3. Wesley Fry (Bicton, WA) 10.60pts, 4. Ben Mardon (Geraldton, WA) 7.30pts.
WA SUP OPEN WOMEN'S:
1. Susannah Wilson (Mosman Park) 8.66pts, 2. Monica De Araujo (Scarborough, WA) 5.80pts, 3.Narelle Kuppers (Margaret River, WA) 6.17pts, 4. Jacenta Potts (South Fremantle, WA) 5.00pts.
WA SUP OVER-40 MEN'S:
1. Rick Jakovich (Gracetown, WA) 16.83pts, 2. Ben Mardon (Geraldton, WA) 12.33pts, 3. Ian Ausden (Claremont, WA) 9.90pts, 4. Pete Tomsett (Greenwood) 9.66pts.
WA SUP OVER-50 MEN'S:
1. Graham Moustaka (South Perth, WA) 13.60pts, 2. Tim Calder (Yallingup, WA) 10.50pts, 3. Russell Ward (South Fremantle, WA) 8.36pts, 4. Richard Wain (Yallingup, WA) 7.33pts.
Dianne Bortoletto, Pronto PR, email@example.com, 0439 997 075