EMERALD Beach's Harley Ingleby has fallen narrowly short of a second World Longboard Title after being knocked out at the quarter final stage of the ShenZou Peninsular Pro in China.
Ingleby went down to in form Hawaiian Nelson III Ahina for the second time in as many days to bow out of the competition.
The result sees the 29 year old finish the year ranked fifth in the world.
In crisp 2-3 foot waves Ingleby was unable to deliver a high scoring ride to trump Ahina's score of 13.5 finishing the heat with only 7.9
The event was taken out by American Taylor Jensen who claimed his second consecutive world crown with an incredible ride of 17.65 in the final against Hawaii's Ned Snow.
What made Jensen's win even more incredible is the fact he had been battling illness throughout the competition.
"I didn't know how bad my sickness was going to be," Jensen said.
"But it knocked me flat for 48 hours.
"It was touch and go as to wether I was up to surfing, my first heat was sketchy. It all came together; I got better everyday as the contest went on.
"You hear guys like Kelly Slater talk about building momentum through contests, and how the guy with the highest heat total usually loses in the next round. So I knew that getting through heats wasn't a bad thing, I felt like I hadn't surfed my best yet and that there was still something left in the tank."
The ShenZou Pro was the only ASP Longboard event for 2012 with competitors campaigning for more in 2013.
"Hopefully we have some more ASP WLT events next year," French surfer Edouard Delpero said.
"I'd like to make some more heats next time, but I fell on a wave I shouldn't have, but that's competition and that's why we are all here."