Taylor Jensen (USA) and Chelsea Williams (AUS) have won the 19th annual Whalebone Classic, Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) Event of the World Surf League (WSL) held at Isolators Reef in Western Australia. Both pro surfers were former World Longboard Champions.
Even when the event kick off has been initially greeted with wild conditions
the third day’s finals has become an exciting celebration of longboarding.
In the 25 minutes of the men’s Final, Taylor Jensen, a two-time world champion has established an unstoppable lead over Harley Ingleby (AUS), also a former World Champion.
With this win, Jensen has earned his second consecutive Whalebone Classic title. It is his third overall.
Jensen’s powerful rail maneuvers and elegant footwork has helped him open up with a superb 9.0 score and he was able to keep his momentum going for the rest of the final heat. To seal his lead, he nailed a back up score of 7.50 and raked in a combined total of 16.50 points to establish his rightful place as one of the best ever performers at Whalebone.
With an initial 7.25, Harley Ingleby had to chase a 9.26 to regain the lead but was only able to add a backup score of 4.0 and ended up with 11.25 giving Jensen a comfortable 5.25 margin.
Meanwhile, the women’s LQS final was a battle between two Australians, Chelsea Williams (AUS) vs. Kathryn Hughes (AUS).
Williams started with a 6.50 in the final heat and linked a two-wave total of 11.75. She was able to put together the best waves of the final, posting a heat high 6.50 and finishing with a backup score of 5.25 on her second wave to establish a combined total of 11.75
Kathryn Hughes was unable to get any significant wave and had to chase an 8.76 to win. With a final combined score of 5.75 for her two waves, she fell short by a 6.00 margin.
This gave way for Chelsea Williams to grab the win in her first Whalebone Classic appearance.