Once again, the Lancelin Ocean Classic was the event of the year and definitely not one to miss out on with eventscorp and www.westernaustralia.com now supporting the event. It was expected to be bigger and better than before and did not disappoint.
Thanks to the great organization this event had all the good things: windsurfing, wind, waves, happy people, parties… The Ocean Classic is a big windsurfing festival including a wave event, the longest downwind race in the world (represented in the Guinness book of records) and a slalom event, all of it in a unique atmosphere: music playing all the time, live bands, loads of people coming to watch, free windsurfing lessons for the kids. Lancelin which is usually a quiet little fishing town turns into a really busy party ground.
Once again this year the event attracted some of the best windsurfers in the world including names such as Peter Volwater, Scott Mckercher, Karin Jaggi, Leure Treboux, Patrik Diethelm, Chris Lockwood, Jesper Orth and Boujmaa Guilloul.
The wave event started on Thursday with conditions offering a nice 20 knots of wind and head high waves. The girls were sent out first for a 25 minute heat which was fantastic as explained by Leure Treboux. “We all loved it out there, catching waves, smiling and having fun. I landed a few loops, shove its and so on, got some nice riding, and won!!!”
Then the open division where sent where the waves were getting better and better. This is always a very competitive division with the final results being William Kolbrink in 1st place, 2nd Blair Gavin and 3rd Jamie Cobill.
Then it was time for the Elite division which was represented by a lot of big names: Boujmaa, Jaeger Stone, Scotty Mckercher, Ben Severne, Luke Walmsley, etc. With a $1200 cash prize up for grabs for first place the guys where definitely not holding back. The top 4 from the first round included Jaegar Stone, Scott Mckercher, Ben Severne and Jamie Cobill. With the first round finished it was time to head to the pub for a couple of beers and wait for the double elimination the next day.
The following day (Friday), the double elimination was started. The wind was a bit lighter and the swell had also dropped slightly but the conditions were still excellent to run the double. This is where things became very interesting. Everyone thought Boujmaa wouldn’t go far on the second day after being knocked out in the first heat on the previous day… how wrong they were. The Moroccan was amazing, he had worked out the wave perfectly and kept knocking people out of the competition round after round until he met the previous day’s winner Jaeger Stone in the final. He had to beat him twice to be crowned the winner of the 2009 Lancelin Ocean Classic Wave event. He managed to win the first final which kept everyone on the edge of their seats however with no energy left after sailing so many heats, Jaeger Stone was crowned the 2009 champ with Boujmaa claiming 2nd place and Ben Severne 3rd.
It was now Saturday and time for the blue ribbon event, the Ledge to Lancelin Marathon. 26kms down wind with 170 starters! With names such as Peter Volwater (
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