Dunsborough's Joe Jordanoff claims double victory at state titles

Joe Jordanoff claimed a double victory at the SunSmart WA Bodyboard Titles on the weekend. Photo by Surfing WA/Majeks.
Joe Jordanoff claimed a double victory at the SunSmart WA Bodyboard Titles on the weekend. Photo by Surfing WA/Majeks.

The Mail's surf reporter Joe Jordanoff wowed judges on the weekend finishing the SunSmart WA Bodyboard Titles with a double victory.

The event was held at Clayton's Beach in Mindarie, with seven state champions crowned in exciting high-performance bodyboard waves.

After a 117-day hiatus, the event attracted some of WA's most experienced riders, who went head-to-head with a new generation of bodyboarders, many of which were competing for the first time at state title level.

Jordanoff from Dunsborough turned back the clock to prove he's still among WA's finest bodyboarders, with an epic performance across multiple divisions.

Jordanoff scooped an impressive double victory, claiming a close fought win in the blue-ribbon Open Men's division and taking out the hotly contested Over-35 Masters division.

He showed the style and technique that has seen him claim multiple state, national and pro titles in the past.

Jordanoff had to fend off former Brazilian national champion Tainan Monte (South Lake) in a memorable Open Men's final.

Despite his best efforts, Monte finished second ahead of Josh De Legh (Scarborough) and Blake Gerrard (North Beach), in third and fourth respectively.

Jordanoff laughed that the last state title he competed in Mindarie was around 25 years ago.

"It's a really good bodyboard wave and I still have so much love and froth for this sport," he said.

"Getting in the water, mixing it up with the guys, pulling on an rashie, I just love it - it's the best."

Jordanoff saved his best performance for the Over-35 Masters final, where he posted the highest individual score of the event, 9.60 (from a possible 10) and the highest combined total of the event, 17.93 (from a possible 20).

Great wave and manoeuvre selection were the difference in the end, as Jordanoff spun, rolled and flipped his way to victory ahead of Adam Armstrong (Duncraig), Ian Goldthorpe (Cottesloe) and Brad Neervort (Craigie).

"It's been a great weekend, a big thanks to Surfing WA and all the sponsors for their support," said Jordanoff.

"I've always loved competing, but to have a win with my family watching on from the beach is something pretty special that I'll always remember."

Mindarie local Ebony Schell claimed her maiden state title, with a win in the Open Women's division.

Cheered on by many friends and family Schell was pushed all the way by 2019 State Champion Bronwyn Fricke (Swanbourne).

"I'm so stoked right now," said Schell.

"I would have loved a bit more size this weekend, but I've had a great time competing in my first state title event here at my home break."

Margaret River's Ziggy Bullock defended his Under-18 Junior Boys State Title from 2019, going back-to-back with some quality tube rides and clean rolls.

Bullock was pushed all the way by close friend Max McGregor (Margaret River), with just 2.20 points separating the pair when the final siren sounded.

"This is my first time surfing here at Clayton's and I've really enjoyed it," said Bullock.

"It's a super fun beach break with some sick wedges. I'd like to thank Max's mum for driving us up and taking care of us, it's been a blast."

Mark Boehm (Marangaroo) was the only competitor to get the best of Joe Jordanoff, taking out the Drop Knee division by less than 1 point. In one of the closest results of the entire event, Boehm was able to extract just enough to see him capture his first state title since 2015.

"I'm thrilled to get the win, the conditions were so nice out there," said Boehm.

"To beat one of WA's bodyboard best in such a tight result makes it that little bit sweeter as well."

Joondalup's Andrew Browning was the best of the youngsters, taking out the Under-16 Cadet Boys State Title.

Browning topped a small but exciting group of youngsters who competed furiously in the wedges at Clayton's Beach.

While, in other results from the weekend, Duncraig's Adam Armstrong won the Over 45 Grand Masters.

Surfing WA events manager Justin Majeks said it was one of the best bodyboard state title events they've had in years.

"I'd like to extend a warm thanks to the City of Wanneroo for hosting us, as well as our amazing sponsors and supporters, but I'd like to especially thank our competitors who travelled from right across WA to be here to compete in our first event back from COVID-19," he said.

The weekend event will be the sole means of qualifying for the Australian Bodyboard Titles in 2020, with Port Macquarie NSW set to host the countries best bodyboarders in late October.

Surfing WA will be looking to provide a training camp for all national title qualifiers prior to the event to best prepare competitors for the highest level of competition in the country.

Forecast: the winds will clean up on Thursday with a 2.5 metre swell.

Friday looks epic with ENE winds and a solid 2m plus ground swell.

Saturday will have north winds and 2.2m swell while Sunday turns onshore from the W with a 3.5m swell.

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