THE world championship campaign of Coffs Harbour's Harley Ingleby remains on track despite a shock round one loss at the ShenZou Peninsular Pro in China.
Despite facing a sudden death round two heat, the former world champion showed his class scoring a 13.75 to defeat American Robert Weaver and proceed through to the next stage of the competition
Ingleby wasn't too concerned about his first round loss believing the chance to surf a second heat will have him in better shape come the business end of the competition.
"Having an extra heat at this point of the contest isn't such a bad thing," Ingleby said.
"It will certainly help me get a feel for the waves and my board.
"There are some good waves but also a long wait for sets.
The Emerald Beach local stated his second round heat allowed him to catch up with long time friend Weaver.
"It was really good to have a heat with Wingnut (Weaver)," he said.
"He's one of those guys that I've always thought was an absolute legend.
"I used to ride for Robert August surfboards and now with my affiliation with Surftech I've known him for a long time.
"He's a classic character, it was good to be out there with him and enjoy some friendly banter."
With the ShenZou Peninsular Pro the only Men's ASP Longboard title event for 2012 Ingleby must go all the way if he is to claim his second world championship.
Ingleby will tomorrow take on South African Dylan Macleod in the third round.