EMERALD Beach surfer Harley Ingleby is the toast of the surfing community after winning the World Longboard Championship.
Competing in the 2014 GoPro World Longboard Championships at Hainan Island off the south coast of China, the 31 year-old pulled off two great late waves in the final to overcome Brazilian Phil Rajzman.
Half way through the final, Rajzman only needed to get a wave score of 2.85 to wrest the lead off the local hero before Ingleby showed his class.
The next two waves were all his and scores 6.85 and 8.35 put him right into the box seat.
With time running out, Rajzman now needed to score a 7.45 to win the title. With one last attempt the Brazilian could only manage a 4.40 and celebrations among the Ingleby crew began.
This is Ingleby's second ASP world championship after winning his first title in 2009.
Considering he lost in the opening round heat, this win is proof of Ingleby's ability to perform in pressure situations.
Prior to Wednesday's heats, Ingleby had progressed through four rounds to be one of the last eight surfers left in the fight for the world crown.
Wins over Brit Ben Skinner and Frenchman Timothee Creignou in the quarters and semis respectively saw the proud Emerald Beach local within touching distance of a second world title.
The rest is now surfing history.
Sapphire surfer Jared Neal was narrowly knocked out by Rajzman in the fourth round despite scoring an impressive heat total of 16.20.
- More details in Saturday's Coffs Coast Advocate and Woolgoolga Advertiser.
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