A summer in West Australia doesn’t go past without the Lancelin Ocean Classic competition. It was the first competition of the year for many riders. With plenty of big names showing up, all eyes where mainly on 4 x Wave World Champion Philip Köster and 7 x LOC winner, local Australian hero, Jeager Stone in the Elite discipline. In the Woman discipline, Margeret River local, Jane Seman was there to defend her crown from last year.
With the winds getting stronger the Elite got underway with the first big heat being Philip Köster against local Glen Alexander. Philip Koster booked himself a place into the final.
On the other side of the draw, Jeager Stone was looking to defend his title from last year, but met with his Black Cat from 2017 Adam Lewis in the semi finals. Adam Lewis proved once again to be one step ahead of Jeager Stone and moved into the final to take on Philip Köster. Jeager Stone was send to the Losers final against Ben Proffit.
With both the winner and loser final getting run at the same time it was a firework of world class wave sailing. Philip Köster kept the door open for Adam Lewis since he didn’t managed to find a ramp for his textbooks double forwards, while Adam Lewis managed to produce one of his own. However on the wave Philip Köster impressed with his above the lip areal maneuvers to clinch the win in the final. Jeager Stone sailed out his frustrations in the loser final to secure 3rd place in front of Ben Proffit.
Philip Köster about winning the event:
I’m really happy to win the event this year. It´s always a pleasure to come to the Lancelin Ocean Classic. Last year I couldn’t make it because of my knee injury, but happy to come back with a win.
The conditions where a bit tricky in the beginning, but they kept getting better towards the final. The level was super high and it could actually have been a PWA final. Big thanks to the organizers. I hope to be back next year!