Longboarder snares number one ranking

Georgia Young (25) is now number 1 on the Australian women’s longboard rankings. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d399176
Georgia Young (25) is now number 1 on the Australian women’s longboard rankings. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d399176

Young leads the national women’s ratings after she won the Australian Longboard Surfing Open in Kingscliff and came second in her section of the Noosa Festival of Surfing in March.

It was her first Australian title.

A surfer for 12 years, including a decade on the longboard, Young started in the waves with her father.

‘I love how you surf waves differently on a longboard and there is the social element to it when you often get up to three generations of family out on a surf break,’ she said.

Her NSW wins secured her a spot in longboarding’s world championships scheduled for China in October.

However, before taking on the world’s best Young will enjoy the camaraderie of her local break at the 16th annual Whalebone Classic at Isolators where she will competefrom July 13 to 14.

‘I know I’ve encouraged other girls to come from over east to compete at the classic where there’s such a great social scene near and off the water after each day,’ she said.