Parry’s Beach in Denmark has seen a raft of Capes longboarders crowned the State’s best. Competitors from Dunsborough, Cowaramup and Margaret River were among some of WA’s best surfers to mount the winner’s podium at the end of the three-day contest held as part of Surfing WA’s 2023 WA Longboard and Logger Championship. Stellar weather and perfect waves for longboards and loggers helped the competition, which named 17 champions in total. Capes identities among those to qualify for August’s national championships at Port Macquarie included Jack Medland, Jock Bahen, Amanda Curley, Bill Gibson, Paul Burke and Doug Carruthers. Medland snatched the open men’s championship from 2022 defender, fellow Dunsborough surfer Ryan Clark. The pair swapped positions on the leader’s board regularly, but it was Medland who came out on top, with less than half a point separating the duo in the final, as well as the final for the separate men’s open logger division. “It’s been a remarkable event and I couldn’t be happier right now,” Medland said. “I was away in New Zealand last year and missed out on competing in the State titles in 2022, so to come back and score the conditions we did this weekend has been so good. “To get the double was always my goal, but that was tough,” he said. “All the boys were ripping, especially Ryan. We’ve got a great community here in Western Australia and it’s good see how well everyone gets along and interacts in and out of the water.” Cowaramup’s Bahen was a popular winner of the over-40 men’s logger division, while Dunsborough’s Barrie McKinnon defended his over-60 men’s State vhampionship, Burke won the over-45 men’s final, and Margaret River’s Carruthers was the best of the over-55 men. Curley dominated in two finals heats to win the over-40s women’s section. In more senior divisions, Dunsborough’s Bob Monkman took the title for the over-70s, while Bill Gibson came second in the over-65 men’s section. Events manager Justin Majeks saluted WA’s “unique” longboarding community. “It is truly unique and I think it’s an amazing part of the WA surfing landscape,” he said. The Whalebone Longboard Classic and Geraldton Winter Classic will see the next longboard competitions before the national titles.