SOME of WA’s best and most experienced longboarders showed their talent at the WA Longboard Titles on the weekend.
Surfers competed in Yallingup for the opening round of the titles, which featured divisions ranging from under-18 juniors to over-70s.
While south-west surfers dominated most divisions, Scarborough’s Neil Thompson won the over-45 grand masters and Amanda Curley, of North Beach, took out the over-40 women’s event.
Thompson was runner up in the over-40 men’s division and another Scarborough surfer, Kim Hardeman, was third in the over-40 loggers.
Other winners included Georgia Young, of Swanbourne, in the open women category, Jacob McIvor (Secret Harbour) in the under-18 junior boys and Zali Corry (Mandurah) in the under-18 junior girls.
“Longboarding is such an important part of surfing’s history and it was so good to see how well everyone competed no matter of their age or gender,” Surfing WA events manager Justin Majeks said.
“I’m delighted with the outcome of the event and I’m really happy to see the successful introduction of a priority system, as well as the high levels of stoke and encouragement on offer.”
The second round of the titles will be held in Denmark in May.