Harley grabs 2nd at Noosa
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
EMERALD Beach longboarder Harley Ingleby might have missed out on winning the coveted Surftech Men's Pro title at Noosa's Festival of Surfing last week but he can console himself knowing that his runner-up finish was enough to keep him at the top of the ALC ratings.
Monday's final was a closely fought affair until defending champion Grant Thomas blew the contest apart with an amazing score of 9.77 that ended any of the other finalists chances and had the strong crowd at First Point roaring their approval.
"There's not much you can do about it when it happens," Ingleby said on reflection.
"When it did happen the rest of us were sitting on our boards and it was like 'Oh well, that's it unless another set comes'."
Ingleby said that he was 'stoked' about finishing second in such a prestigious event and refused to take anything away from the luck that Thomas received to catch his great wave.
"It was good to have the waves coming from First Point but they were pretty inconsistent, it was a matter of who was in the right spot when the big set came in," he explained.
"That's the case a lot of the time in finals and it was pretty much over after that unless another big set was going to come through."
Proof that longboarding is starting to attract more attention in the corporate world came when it was announced that Na PaPa Surfboards have agreed to put in $150,000 for next year's event, much to the delight of longboard surfers around the country.
Ingleby is set this weekend to travel to Bonny Hills for the Mid North Coast Regional Titles and then will have a short break before the next ALC event at the Gold Coast in early May.