Harley wins in Philippines
THE boy from Emerald Beach has done it again.
Harley Ingelby yesterday posted one of his biggest ever wins by taking out the Lanuza International Longboard title in the Philippines in an all Australian final.
Ingelby, the current world professional number three rated surfer, surfed superbly all event and maintained his excellent form into the final where he posted two excellent rides, a 9.17 and an 8.13 giving him an outstanding final tally of 18.10 out of a possible 20 to easily win the final.
"What a way to finish such an incredible week in the Philippines," Ingelby said after his win.
"We're all totally stoked on this place, the waves have been so fun, only small but it's such an amazing river mouth set up that it peels perfectly and offers massive scoring potential.
"I'm honoured to win the Lanuza International Longboard and I'll be back next year for certain and I can tell you all of us will be back, we love the place and the people and the waves!"
Ingelby secured his win with his outstanding 9.17 ride midway through the final when he unleashed a long hang-ten nose ride combined with his trademark smooth and complete roundhouse cutback.
Gold Coast surfer Jackson Close finished second also posting two excellent eight point rides in the final.
"I had a good final and found some good waves but Harley was the man today. He's very hard to beat in waves like this," Close said.
Sunshine Coast surfers Grant Thomas (Maroochydore) and current World Champion Josh Constable (Noosa) finished third and fourth respectively in a high scoring final that saw all four surfers post excellent scores.
While the waves throughout the week were small, the quality of the intriguing river mouth sandbank still dished up long clean peeling performance waves which were unanimously regarded as excellent small waves by all the world professionals in the Philippines.
1st Harley Ingelby (Coffs Harbour)
2nd Jackson Close (Gold Coast)
3rd Grant Thomas (Sunshine Coast)
4th Josh Constable (Sunshine Coast)
Equal 5th ? Michael Bellamy (Coffs Harbour), Dane Pioli (Wollongong)
Equal 7th ? Jai Lee (Noosa), Ian Bell (North Haven), Luke Landrigan (Philippines)