Longboaders heading to Philippines
AN incredibly talented and select field of elite longboard surfers are set to trek into the surfing mecca of the Philippines for the inaugural Lanuza International Longboard Event.
The line-up will include 10 internationally world-rated surfers who will challenge for the $US10,000 prize pool up for grabs. The group is led by by current ASP world professional longboarding champion Josh Constable from Noosa and also includes as part of the star billing our own Harley Ingelby from Emerald Beach.
Ingelby is in awesome form at present following his third place in the ISA World Surfing Games at Huntington Beach earlier this month and the super stylish natural foot surfer is certain to appreciate the perfect peeling waves of Lanuza.
"I've never been to the Philippines but I have heard all good reports of the waves so I am really excited about the event," he said.
"It's great to have the top longboard surfers in the world in a remote location for such a unique event. It would be such an honour to win the event in its first year as an international event and hopefully it continues for years to come."
Constable won his world title earlier this year in Costa Rica where he found some great waves and he appears even more excited about the coming Philippines event.
"It's great that an international longboard event is being taken to a tropical remote location," the champ said.
"I hear the wave is like Noosa Heads in Queensland but with more size and that is like my home break and very suited to my surfing so I'm certainly looking forward to surfing the wave and competing in this great event."
The event will run across a four-day waiting period between November 18 and November 21 and importantly, this is prime time for surf throughout the Philippines so expectations are high for another magnificent event with perfect waves.
Lanuza sits on the southern coastline in the region of Surigao, an amazingly rich area of high calibre surf including the famous break of Cloud Nine. Reports from the Philippine Surf Federation indicate that Lanuza is the equal of the Cloud Nine surf break, but with it's own unique qualities of lining up across a perfect and long distance point break.
Experienced international contest director Andrew Stark has done his research on the Philippines and he couldn't hide his enthusiasm about both the event and location.
"Some of the very best longboarders in the world and the Philippines will be providing a show of longboard surfing like they have never seen before," Stark said.
"The wave is so perfect for longboarding and the surfers are all so excited about the event. It will really put Lanuza on the map as a surfing destination."
The eight other surfers to join Ingleby and Constable in this paradise location are Grant Thomas, Brett White, Ian Bell, Jackson Close, Jai Lee, Michael Bellamy, Jacob Stuth and Dane Pioli.