Phew, looks like we can all take a deep breath and reflect on  
what was an epic event for 2013. From the outset this year's  
event was going to be a make or break situation with the  
Cottesloe Longboard Club being given the reigns in February  
from long time stalwart Peter Dunn who, for some very valid  
reasons wanted the year off (who could blame him after 15 years  
straight). This put CLBC and the pres, Allan Brooks and his  
committee into overdrive and under the pump to make it work.  
Thanks to the herculean efforts of the sponsorship reps, Peter  
Neville and Marty Ferrier, various sponsors jumped or were  
shoved on board. A very special thank you goes out to  
Bouygues Construction and Probuild the naming rights  
sponsors for this year's event. Without the brilliant support of all  
the sponsors, this event would not have been possible.
Leading up to the event, fingers were crossed that 'Huey' and the  
spirit of 'the whale' would again deliver waves for the event. Mick  
Cottier reported that Dunny had indeed made his customary  
request to the spirit of the whale at Isos before the event and so  
all seemed to be set. Organisers were a bit sceptical as it seemed  
that the swell would dip during the comp window, however the  
whale had other ideas! For whatever reason the swell kicked on  
Saturday and remained for the whole weekend which meant the  
comp organiser could keep his numbered ping pong balls (for the  
lucky dip) in his car! It's really quite surreal t think that Isos has  
had waves every year and that the Yal Mal was devoid of them in  
2011!
The gathering of the tribe brought out many familiar faces, some  
not seen for a while and some new ones. Contingents of 400 -  
500 spectators also frequented the event on both days. All the  
usual Whalebone fun was on show, great progressive and old  
school surfing particularly show cased in the Old Mal and also in  
the two new logger divisions; the ukulele band belting out some  
cool tunes; great food courtesy of the CLBC; SUP race carnage  
and the legendary camaraderie of  'the bone'.  
Competition highlights were many but some stood above others.  
Who could forget Georgia Young's effort in taking out the  
Women's open, scoring over 16 pts with some slashing moves  
including a breathtaking under the lip gouge on her high scoring  
wave! Rahn Goddard was working both schools of longboard  
surfing superbly to take out the Open Men's and Open Logger  
events from an equally impressive Ryan Clark who nailed the  
prestigious Old Mal final with some truly classic surfing including  
an unreal drop knee turn in the pocket. Other notable  
performances came from young William Crowe from NSW who  
took out the Junior Men's along with being a finalist in the Open  
Men and the Old Mal. Watch out for this 16 year old as he's got  
it all....already!  Mark Matisons from the CLBC also showed  
why he is arguably the coolest old school surfer in the state taking  
the podium in the Open Men's, Open Logger and the Old Mal  
finals with soul arches, switch footing, heel 10's and many other  
moves coming out of his bag of tricks. Full results can be found at           
http://www.grrinninbear.com.au/whalebone

At the end of the day, we all had a blast. The mood at the  
presentation evening on Sunday was unreal thanks to Weeksy's  
awesome MC work and the high that was the 16th Whalebone  
Classic. Special thanks to Head judge Dave Flower and Justin  
Majeks from Surfing WA for their tireless work and expertise on  
the comp side of things and to the many excellent helpers  
throughout the weekend. We hope to see you all back in 2014  
for the 17th Whalebone Classic!  

Glenn Solomon
CLBC Competition Director
16th Annual Old Mal Whalebone Classic...Done and Dusted!