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State Titles Decided In Denmark for HIF Longboard & SUP Titles

SunSmart presents the Health Insurance Fund of Australia (HIF) Longboard & SUP Titles 2013.

Proudly supported by Forte Hospitality, Sticky Feet Wax, Stand-Up Surf Shop, Starboard, Kresta & Surfing WA.
Denmark, Western Australia. Saturday 4th - Sunday 5th May 2013.

Ryan Clark

Ryan Clark (Kinross) was in great form over the weekend winning the Open Men's division with some emphatic surfing on the South Coast. Pic Credit: Surfing WA/Woolacott.

Georgia Young

Georgia Young (Swanbourne) surfed one of her favourite waves to pieces on Sunday to win the Open Women's division and move into the lead on the HIF Longboard Title ratings. Pic Credit: Surfing WA/Woolacott.

Rick Jakovich

Rick Jakovich (Gracetown) was unstoppable in small but highly contestable conditions in Denmark over the weekend. Rick beat his brother Jake in the Open Men's SUP final. Pic Credit: Surfing WA/Woolacott.

Jackson Shaw

Jackson Shaw (Fremantle) won the exciting Battle of the Paddle race in Denmark. This National Title division was an exciting addition to the HIF Longboard & SUP Titles. Pic Credit: Surfing WA/Woolacott.

State Titles Decided In Denmark for HIF Longboard & SUP Titles

(Tuesday, 7th May 2013 ): The sleepy town of Denmark located roughly 400 kilometres south of Perth, turned on great autumn conditions over the weekend for the second event of the Health Insurance Fund of Australia (HIF) WA Longboard & SUP Titles presented by SunSmart.

Denmark's protected coastline of rocky points and beautiful bays provided the ideal backdrop for WA's best longboarders and stand up paddleboarders (SUP), who turned up in droves to compete for prestigious State Titles and all important team positions for the upcoming Australian National Titles.

Light winds and a moderating ground swell saw competition shift between two locations, with near perfect conditions prevailing for the finals on Sunday. The spectacular scenery and fantastic waves made for a memorable event with great performances across the 18 divisions being contested.

Longboarding has a large and passionate following in WA and now combined with the fast growing SUP discipline, the event trialled a new format which saw dual competition peaks running side by side to maximise the waves on offer for all entrants. Longboarders and SUP's competed simultaneously for the first time in WA with a real festival atmosphere created for spectators and competitors alike.

Although a shift in swell direction and size meant shifting the event from the fantastic facilities of the Ocean Beach Surf Life Saving Club to the open beach breaks just West of the Denmark town centre. The location change on Sunday delivered, with some eye catching surfing and amazing waves on offer for competitors.

The weekend was highlighted by the surfing in the blue ribbon Open Men's final which saw finalists demonstrate the calibre of surfing required to represent Western Australia at the upcoming Australian Titles.

Perth surfer Ryan Clark (Kinross) was the surfer to beat in the final. He opened his account with a long peeling right hand wave that earned him a 7.77 (out of a possible ten points). Clark's smooth style saw him move into an early lead and remain there for the rest of the final.

While Brett Mason (Yallingup) and Scott Trew (Mullaloo) looked invincible in the preliminary rounds, the pair could not seem to find their best form and it was Justin Redman (Yallingup) who took the challenge up to Clarke.

Redman a former National Title winner applied pressure with a 6.80 and 6.70 rides to finish on a 13.50 combined total, but it was only in the moments that Clark broke free scoring an excellent 8.33 to claim the win.

"Pretty happy with that result. It was pretty tense out there with everyone wanting to win this one and it must have been a hard one for the judges to call. Fun waves and good weather, but I'm really looking forward to Mandurah now." Said Clark who moves into the lead on the HIF Longboard ratings.

The Open Women's final was equally impressive with current National Title holder Georgia Young (Swanbourne) outgunning her female counterparts in an emphatic disp lay. The final was a seesawing affair with all surfers impressing the judges with some solid scoring waves.

Young showed her competition experience with a close fought win ahead of Claire Finucane (Melville) in second, Scarborough's Samantha Vanderford in third and Virginia Marchetti (Mullaloo) impressing in fourth.

"Denmark is one of my favourite places to surf and this would have to one of my favourite waves in the world and the right waves just came my way." Young said. "I guess it will all come down to the final event in Mandurah to see who will win the title and go on to represent WA at the Nationals."

Other winners over the weekend included; Hugh Mitchell (Lancelin) who took out the U/18 Juniors and the U/21 Pro Junior divisions, wrapping up the two State Titles in the process. Joining Mitchell with State Title wins over the weekend were Tony Turner (Mandurah) in the O/45 Grand Masters, Ray Barker (Margaret River) in the O/50 Legends and Bill Gibson in the O/55 Kahunas who sealed their wins with consecutive wins at Yallingup and Denmark.

In the SUP surf divisions; brothers Rick and Jake Jakovich (Gracetown) were unstoppable winning all their heats on route to the final. The two brothers seem to bring the best out of each other and this weekend was no different. Rick was in blistering touch in the final, opening the heat with an excellent 8.00 point ride and was then able to back it up on his final wave with a 7.00 to finish with a combined total of 15.00 pts (from a possible 20).

Jake Jakovich finished in second ahead of Brett Mason (Yallingup) in third ahead of Mike Galvin (Cottesloe) in fourth. The Jakovich brothers power turns on their forehand and backhand, combined with their use of the paddle will surely see them as contenders come National Titles.

"Im really excited to be heading to Currumbin for the National Titles, a long right hand point break is what I like to surf most." Jakovich said.

Amanda Grifiths (Cottesloe) won the SUP Open Women's State Title with a win ahead of Margaret River's Genene Berry in second, Jacenta Potts (Mandurah) was third with Monica De Arujo (Scarborough) in fourth.

Mike Galvin (Cottesloe) and Tim Shaw (Yallingup) won the O/40 and O/50 Men's SUP divisions respectively. Other results from the weekend included Justin Redman (Yallingup) winning the O35 Masters with a range of classic longboard manoeuvres. Jason Weeks (Lancelin) made a welcome return to WA State Titles with a hard earned win in the O/40 Senior Masters division.

Denmark local Emi Campbell won the U/18 Junior Women's division, with Samantha Vanderford (Scarborough) winning the O/35 Master Women's division. Nigel Coote (Yallingup) was too good in the O60 Men's division, while Dave Ellis (Busselton) won the O65 Men's.

Arguably the most exciting event of the weekend was the SUP Battle of the Paddle. This technical race required competitors to race through a course set through the the breaking waves roughly 2.5km's long. Jackson Shaw (Fremantle) powered ahead of the field to finish with a time of 13 minutes, 15 seconds in his first ever State Title event.

After a massive two days where 72 heats were run and won, attentions now turn to the final event of the HIF WA Longboard and SUP Titles to see who will capture the remaining WA State Titles and go onto represent WA at the Australian Longboard & SUP Title s held in NSW in August.

The final event of the HIF WA Longboard Titles heads to Avalon Point in Mandurah on June 29-30 2013. For more information relating to this event or any other surf event in WA be sure to check out www.surfingwa.com.au

SunSmart presents the Health Insurance Fund of Australia (HIF) Longboard & SUP Titles 2013.

Proudly supported by Forte Hospitality, Sticky Feet Wax, Stand-Up Surf Shop, Starboard, Kresta & Surfing WA.

HIF LONGBOARD & SUP TITLES ROUND 2 RESULTS:

Open Men:
1. Ryan Clark (Kinross)
2. Justin Redman (Yallingup)
3. Scott Trew (Mullaloo)
4. Brett Mason (Yallingup).

Open Women:
1. Georgia Young (Swanbourne)
2. Claire Finnucane (Melville)
3. Samantha Vanderford (Scarborough)
4. Izzy Marchetti (Mullaloo).

Open Men SUP:
1. Rick Jakovich (Gracetown)
2. Jake Jakovich (Gracetown)
3. Brett Mason (Yallingup)
4. Mike Galvin (Cottesloe).

Open Women SUP:
1. Amanda Grifiths (Cottelsoe)
2. Genene Berry (Margaret River)
3. Jacenta Potts (Mandurah)
4. Monica De Arjuo (Scarborough).

U21 Pro Junior:
1. Hugh Mitchell (Lancelin)
2. Ben Teague (Margaret River)
3. Zac Arena Foster (South Fremantle)
4. Mitch Corbett (City Beach).

Under 18 Girls:
1. Emi Campbell (Denmark)
2. Izzy Marchetti (Mullaloo)
3. Freya Thompson (Gerladton)
4. Virginia Marchetti (Mullaloo)
5. Mia Thompson (Geraldton).

Under 18 Boys:
1. Hugh Mitchell (Lancelin)
2. Zac Arena Foster (South Fremantle)
3. Evan Ledger (Cottesloe).

Over 35 Men:
1. Justin Redman (Yallingup)
2. Mick Jahn (Mandurah)
3. Paul Burke (Dunsborough)
4. Jarrah Calder (Como).

Over 35 Women:
1. Sam Vanderford (Scarborough)
2. Claire Finucane (Melville).

Over 40 Men:
1. Jason Weeks (Lancelin)
2. Paul Burke (Dunsborough)
3. Mike Neunuebel (Denmark)
4. Doug Carruthers (Margaret River).

O40 Men SUP:
1. Mike Galvin (Cottesloe)
2. Neil Thompson (Scarborough)
3. Phil Berry (Margaret River)
4. Crawford Olney (Hamilton Hill).

Over 45 Men:
1. Tony Turner (Mandurah)
2. Doug Carruthers (Margaret River)
3. Lou Corkill (Yallingup)
4. Richard Wain (Yallingup).

Over 50 Men:
1. Ray Barker (Margaret River)
2. Mike Neunuebel (Denmark)
3. Brett Merifield (Yallingup)
4. Glenn Solomon (Wembly Downs).

O50 Men SUP:
1. Tim Calder (Yallingup)
2. Russel Ward (South Fremantle)
3. Graham Moustaka (South Perth)
4.Gordon McKercher (Mosman Park).

Over 55 Men:
1. Bill Gibson (Margaret River)
2. Martin Richardson (Mt Hawthorn)
3. Gary McCormick (Mullaloo)
4. Tony Harrison (Albany).

Over 60 Men:
1. Nigel Coote (Yallin gup)
2. Mick Marlin (Yallingup)
3. Stan Davies (Daglish)
4. Tony Harrison (Albany).

Over 65 Men:
1. Dave Ellis (Busselton).

SUP Battle of the Paddle:
1. Jackson Shaw (Fremantle)
2. Genene Berry (Margaret River)
3. Cameron McKay (Bibra Lake)
4. Gordon Stimpson (City Beach).

For more information contact:
Surfing Western Australia - Event Manager Justin Majeks
T: +61 8 9448 0004
M: +61 411 976 224
justin.majeks@surfingwa.com.au

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