Guest spoils local party at longboard final

Burleigh Waters surfer Clinton Guest celebrates winning the Australian longboard title during the Australian Surf Festival being held on the Coffs Coast.
Burleigh Waters surfer Clinton Guest celebrates winning the Australian longboard title during the Australian Surf Festival being held on the Coffs Coast. Trevor Veale

OBVIOUSLY Clinton Guest forgot to read the script before entering the surf at Emerald Beach for the final of the Australian longboard titles.

The Burleigh Waters surfer was up against two of the Coffs Coast's, if not the world's, finest in Harley Ingleby and Jared Neal.

Surfing on home breaks, locals watching the finals were predicting either Ingleby or Neal would be crowned the national champ.

Guest had other thoughts though.

Guest stepped up to the plate and was able to post a 9.00 wave score (out of a possible ten points) and an 8.45 for a series of critical turns and lengthy nose-rides.

Despite moments of brilliance from all four finalists, Guest's scoring waves enabled him to narrowly keep on top of Ingleby.

The former world-champion needed to score a 9.00 in the final moments of the heat to secure a second national title for the week but was unable to produce one final special ride, allowing Guest to take the win by a mere 0.40 points.

"I think I just surfed the heat of my life," Guest"said.

"I knew it'd take something pretty special to beat guys like Harley and Jared at their local break and Justin Redman as well.

"I can't believe I came away with the win. I had a special board that I rode a few years ago and it's been in the cupboard for a little while and I knew that I'd have to go as hard as I possibly could to get a win over them.

"Fortunately, we played gentleman's rules over the course of the final as well, which made it nice and fair. I've been dreaming about winning this since I was a kid."

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