Longboarders put Coffs on the map
LONGBOARDER Harley Ingleby has once again done Coffs Harbour proud.
IN action on the famous breaks of California's Huntington Beach, national longboard champ Ingleby finished third in a closely contested final of the longboard division of the ISA Lost Energy Drink World Surfing Games.
Surfing in clean three to four foot surf, Ingleby posted an impressive score of 11.67 in the four-man final which included Britain's Benjamin Skinner, South African Matthew Moir and Bonga Perkins from Hawaii.
Unfortunately for the local natural footer the good score still wasn't enough to grab the title as Moir just pipped Skinner in front with a score of 14.50 from the judges just ahead of Skinner's 14.16.
Another Northern Beaches local who is performing incredibly is Woolgoolga surfer Rani Bartlett.
Competing in the 21st annual Longboard National Titles at Western Australia's Indijup Beach, Bartlett was unstoppable and surfed like a well-oiled machine with precision, timing and superior wave selection to win the title in the Pacific Finance junior women's section.
The event was originally set down for the breaks at Yallingup Beach but a three to three and a half metre swell and a forecast of onshore winds by mid morning saw organisers forced to move the event to a more suitable location at Injijup, where competitors were greeted with near-perfect conditions and a clean one to 1.8 metre swell.
Bartlett's surfing did the talking and the petite natural footer easily reigned victorious in the final, winning from Western Australian trio Grace Clifford, Jade Foster and Ella Bahen as well as Tasmania's Freya Hogarth.
"That was just so much better out there than Yallingup," Bartlett said after the final.
"It was fun and you could relax a little and not worry about getting cleaned up by huge monster set. I'm really happy to have won."