Hanging ten on a longboard may conjure up images of the 1960s but these supposedly old-school manoeuvres are very much a part of modern-day surfing.

"To be right at the end of the board and there's nothing between you and the wave - it's an amazing feeling," Georgia Young said at Cottesloe beach yesterday.

Georgia Young. Picture: Ian Munro/The West Australian

The 26-year-old surfer from Swanbourne is Australia's two-time female longboarding champion.

"It's a lot more stylish than shortboarding, especially for girls," Young said.

"I think girls do longboarding really well and it shows how elegant they can be in the water."

Mastering her craft on the fickle waves at Cottesloe beach, Young said the longboard made smaller, less favourable swells more fun.

In recent years, she has enjoyed surfing the unlikely locations of Taiwan, Peru, Italy and China, where the coastal town of Wanning hosted last year's Association of Surfing Professionals World Championships.

The Association of Surfing Professionals is hosting two of its seven Longboard World Tour events in WA. The first will be held at Avalon beach near Mandurah tomorrow and on Sunday.

The West Australian

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