Steve Allen: he completed the 2017 Lancelin Ocean Classic in 27 minutes and 7 seconds | Photo: JC Photography

Steve Allen secured his fourth Lancelin Ocean Classic title after finishing first in the windsurfing marathon race held in Australia.

The notorious Lancelin wind finally came through just after lunch time, with competitors anxious to get in the water at Ledge Point and compete for the title of fastest windsurfer, kitesurfer or paddler in the Lancelin Ocean Classic.

Windsurfers and kitesurfers entered the water at the same time, delivering an absolute spectacle on the horizon for onlookers on the beach. The competition was tooth and nail between Allen and kitesurfer Alty Frisby.

"The wind kicked in at noon, giving us plenty of time to check our gear before the start. I chose my 8.6-meter R8 Severne sail with my 115 Patrik Air Inside board which felt just perfect, so easy and fast," said Steve Allen.

"I am stoked to win here again with such a huge fleet of fast racers. I was also happy to pass all the kitesurfers after they started on the water 100 meters ahead of us and had a 200-meter shorter first reach. Just one caught me back at the finish when I slowed to check where to go through the last marks."

Steve Allen and Frisby: separated by 7 seconds | Photo: Carew

Frisby ended up finishing seven seconds ahead of the Australian windsurfer. Karin Jaggi proved she holds the women's title for a reason, being the first female sailor to cross the line on Lancelin Beach.

Another competitor to hold on to his title is Brendan Rice. The 26-year-old paddler won his second Lancelin Ocean Classic title. Julie Jenkinson took out the women's title.

2017 Lancelin Ocean Classic | Results

Windsurfing Men
1. Steve Allen, 0:27:07
2. Patrik Diethelm, 0:28:47
3. Rowen Law, 0:29:15
4. Jesper Orth, 0:29:57
5. Daniel Engdahl, 0:30:13

Windsurfing Women
1. Karin Jaggi, 0:31:47
2. Justyna Sniady, 0:42:25
3. Kirra Pallant, 0:43:20
4. Lok Yiu Wong, 0:44:06
5. Lina Erpenstein, 0:45:51

Kiteboarding Men
1. Alty Frisby, 0:27:00
2. Philip Rowlands, 0:29:29
3. Andrew Cooksey, 0:29:36
4. Dale Stanton, 0:30:29
5. Mani Bisschops, 0:31:07

Kiteboarding Women
1. Rachael Hughes, 0:37:01
2. Gina Hewson, 0:39:35
3. Karin Scheiwiller, 0:41:25
4. Peri Roberts, 0:41:37
5. Anne Nordgard, 0:57:19

Paddle Men
1. Brendan Rice, 0:47:22
2. Michael Booth, 0:48:18
3. Dan Humble, 0:49:13
4. Dean Gardiner, 0:50:02
5. Kris Taylor, 0:50:12

Paddle Women
1. Julie Jenkinson,
2. Tricis Gilbert, 1:01:25
3. Amanda Bowman, 1:02:11

Professional surfing is a highly competitive occupation. World title races are increasingly tight. And sometimes it all comes down to the wire.

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