Cottesloe’s Whalebone Classic celebrates 25 years as Dunsborough’s Jack Medland challenges for the crown

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Dunsborough's Jack Medland is a hot contender for the Whalebone Classic.
Camera IconDunsborough's Jack Medland is a hot contender for the Whalebone Classic. Credit: Majeks/Surfing WA/RegionalHUB

The 25th annual Whalebone Classic kicks off in the city this weekend with the Capes region’s best longboard proponents heading north to vie for honours.

Dunsborough’s Jack Medland – who won the competition in 2022 – was expected to make a strong challenge for another title when heats start today, Friday, July 5, at Cottesloe.

Also in the mix for the three-day competition were 2023 champion Anthony Spencer, local charger Mark Matisons, Hillarys’ Jordan Morris and Dunsborough longboarder Ryan Clark.

This year has also seen a continued swell in the female competition. Seven-time champion Georgia Young headlines the talent alongside Cottesloe residents Maddie Barrett and Georgia Hanson.

Surfing WA events manager Justin Majeks said his organisation was proud to reach the quarter century as custodians of the tradition established by Peter Dunn. “This year, we aim to honour the event’s rich history while looking forward to the future, fostering and furthering the love for longboarding in WA,” he said.

“The Lavan Whalebone Longboard Classic is free for spectators, making it an accessible and enjoyable experience for everyone.

“Whether you]re a surfing enthusiast or simply looking for a fun-filled weekend by the beach, this event is not to be missed.” Alongside the 14 divisions, with more than 150 competitors aged 17 through to 75, the Classic features a rich calendar of events and activities including food stalls, surf maker displays, raffles and other activities.

Live scores and results will run via www.liveheats.com.

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