Hot Harley takes title
FANTASTIC waves and huge scores for the final day of the SOUL Australian Longboard Titles held at North Haven Beach near Port Macquarie saw Emerald Beach surfer Harley Ingelby claim the Open Men's title.
Following his win in the same event in 2005, this is Ingelby's second Australian Longboard Title.
Ingelby survived a very close final against three-time Australian and defending champion Josh Constable from Noosa.
At the half way point of the final Ingelby looked safely clear having posted two strong rides but Constable brought the final to life with an amazing nine point ride to suddenly overtake Ingelby in first place.
"I knew Josh (Constable) would throw out a challenge at some stage but I wasn't expecting him to get a nine-point ride and really apply the pressure," an excited Ingelby said after his victory.
"I remained calm, stuck to my plan which was to simply improve my score and fortunately I scored that 8.5 ride late in the final and won.
"It feels great because it was such a good final with high scores and excellent waves."
Constable was disappointed having scored the highest wave of the final but not being able to win.
"I needed a better second scoring ride and just couldn't find a suitable wave in the end," he said.
"I only needed a 7.25 to win and in these waves that's not hard to get but time was my enemy out there and I simply couldn't get the wave.
"Full credit to Harley though, he's a great surfer and deserves the title."
Queensland surfers Grant Thomas and Jackson Close finished third and fourth in the final round.