Dunsborough longboard star Jack Medland is hoping to repeat his success, running into a fine wave of form ahead of this weekend’s Whalebone Longboard Classic. Starting today, July 7, at Cottesloe’s Isolated Reef, the classic brings together some of WA’s best proponents of the longboard art – and many of them in prime form after appearances at recent Surfing WA events. Medland claimed last year’s Open title at the Cottesloe surf-off and said he was gunning to defend his title. “The Whalebone Classic is such an amazing event that has stood the test of time,” he said. “Alongside the Geraldton Winter Classic, the Yallingup Malibu Classic, the Whalebone Classic forms the triple crown of longboarding here in WA and I’m excited to head up to Cottesloe to compete.” The Whalebone Classic combines a total of 15 divisions, with under-18 juniors to over-70 grand legends taking part. More than 100 of WA’s surf community will be involved, including a host of South West competitors aiming to make their mark. Among South West men leading the charge are title winners Jock Bahen from Cowaramup, Dunsborough’s Evan Ledger, Paul Burke, Ryan Clark and Brett Merrifield, and Margaret River veteran Bill Gibson. For the women, all eyes were on Margaret River’s Amy Blackmore and Dunsborough surfer Oliva Lodge. The classic runs for three days, with finals anticipated on Sunday depending on conditions.