Locals take the podium in elite wavesailing at the 2011 Lancelin Ocean Classic
Western Australian sailors were the winners on the waves at yesterday’s Lancelin Ocean Classic elite wave sailing competition.
Geraldton’s Jaeger Stone took out top position making the most of the great conditions making some spectacular jumps and out-manoeuvring the other 14 elite level sailors.
In second place was local Lancelin windsurfer and past winner Luke Walmsley and in third place was Perth’s Ben Severne, who was last year’s winner.
Jaeger said he didn’t go into the day expecting to win and just had to try his hardest in the heats.
“It’s always hard when you’re up against all those other talented guys. It was a bit gusty and everyone was going pretty hard and in the end I think it was my jumping that gave me the edge.
“It got a bit light towards the end but I still managed to get my jumps in which I think won it for me.”
Jaeger was happy to be on the podium with his fellow West Aussie sailors.
“I think the West Australian wave sailors are the best in the country. It was heaps of fun to be up there with my mates.”
Dutch windsurfing great Peter Volwater didn’t manage to place and said it was just not his day.
The Lancelin Ocean Classic wraps up today with the high-speed Slalom events.
Presented by KineticIT, The Lancelin Ocean Classic has been held since 1986 and is Australia’s longest-running windsurfing event. It is made possible thanks to the enthusiastic Lancelin community, Eventscorp, Bendigo Bank, Endeavour Tavern, Shire of Gingin, 92.9, and a team of dedicated volunteers.
Lancelin’s population of 800 can swell to more than 4000 over the four days of the event with competitors, spectators, media and supporters descending on the crayfishing town, which boasts long stretches of white sand beaches ideal for all forms of watersports and water-based activities.
For event details and full results visit www.lancelinoceanclassic.com.au