In just over a week Lancelin will be a hive of activity with the 32nd year of the Lancelin Ocean Classic kicking off. The event will bring the best local, national and international kitesurfers, windsurfers, ocean skiiers and SUP boarders to the shores of Lancelin, just over an hour north of Scarborough. The weekend, which will run from 12-15 of January 2017, will be host to thousands of competitors and spectators as people flock from around WA to witness the best that the coastal town has to offer.
World champion windsurfers Steve Allen and Windsurfing TV’s, Ben Proffitt, will join the ranks competing in the Marathon from Ledge Point to Lancelin on Saturday, bringing their combined experience to the internationally renowned event.
Proffitt, who is renowned throughout the industry for his informative and entertaining videos said, “It’s already been such an awesome year for Windsurfing and Kitesurfing in WA. We’re really hoping for good conditions this year so we can all compete at peak performance. The Lancelin Classic brings together all the best riders from around Australia, it’s going to be a full power weekend”.
17 year old up and coming Kitesurfing superstar, Peri Roberts will be travelling from the Central Coast of New South Whales to join the ranks competing on the waves next weekend. Roberts recently took out third place in the Merimbula Classic, beating other Kiters twice her age to take out the title.
The weekend will kick off on Friday 13 January, with the windsurfing and kitesurfing wave competitions, which will see the talent compete on the waves and in the air for the best tricks. At the Sailors Welcome, that afternoon, competitors and visitors can take in the stunning Lancelin scenery, enjoy a drink and entertainment on Lancelin Beach as they watch the sun go down over the coast.
The main Marathon event will take place on the Saturday 14 January with Kites and Windsurfers competing together for the second year running. This year will also see the return of Stand Up Paddle boarders and Ocean Paddlers, who will compete from Ledge to Lancelin in a 10km downwinder race.
The Lancelin Classic Beach Party on Saturday night will see the Event Village on Lancelin Beach come alive, with entertainment from DJ Melotyx, food trucks and a bar. The night will continue on at the legendary Lancelin Ocean Classic After Party at the Endeavour Tavern.
It’s sure to be an incredible weekend, and well worth the short drive just outside of Perth.
Registrations for the event are still open and can be found at www.lancelinoceanclassic.com.