Foster hungry for Mandurah victory
Foster hungry for Mandurah victory

Yallingup surfer Jarryd Foster is hungry for a win at this weekend’s final round of the State Longboard and Stand Up Paddleboard Titles.

The event will be held in Mandurah and will decide the 2012 WA Longboard Team to compete at the National Titles in Port Macquarie in August.

The competition has shaped into one of the tightest finishes to a series this year with an extremely close ratings board.

A strong field of metropolitan and regional contestants will travel to the event and will look to build on results from the opening two rounds of competition held at Yallingup and Denmark.

The competition has male and female divisions ranging from under-18 juniors to over-65 legends.

The blue ribbon Open Men’s division will see some serious competition between Foster, Dan Corbett (City Beach), Jarrah Calder (Mosman Park), Mark Mattisons (Cottesloe), and Rahn Goddard (City Beach).

“I know everyone is just as hungry as me for a win at Mandurah and with clean waves forecast for the weekend, I think there will be a few high scoring rides going down,” current Open Men’s rating leader Foster said.

Conditions forecast for the weekend include clean offshore winds and a small to moderate ground swell allowing ample opportunity for competitors across the seventeen divisions being contested to display their skills on boards at least nine feet in length, some ranging to nearly 13 feet for the SUP divisions.

With 11 State Longboard Titles still in contention, it was expected to be a big weekend of surf, event manager Justin Majeks said.

“It’s been a few years since we’ve taken the Longboard Titles to the Mandurah area,” he said.

“Locations like Secret Harbour probably mimic the waves our WA State Team will be competing in whilst on the East Coast for the Australian National Titles, so it’s important to do well this weekend for sure.”

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