Aussie longboarder claims victory in France

EMERALD Beach longboard surfer Harley Ingleby is now favourite to take out this year's world championship after claiming victory on Sunday in the first event of the tour at the French town of Anglet in Les Dunes.

The 24 year old defeated rising French star Antoine Delpero on his own home break in the 35-minute final cheered on by an Australian contingent in front of a large French crowd.

Ingleby, who defeated reigning ASP World Longboard Champion Phil Rajzman in the semi-finals, posted a solid 16.65-point heat tally to better Delpero's 14.50-point score in the 0.6- to one-metre waves.

"I am the happiest kid in the world right now," Ingleby said.

"I had a very testing semi-final against Phil and that win gave me a lot of confidence for the final.

"I found the better waves against Antoine (Delpero) and it ends up just perfectly for me in the final."

With the win Ingleby easily bettered the equal fifth-place finish that he recorded at Anglet last year.

The result now puts him on top of the world tour ratings which further underlines his potential to become the 2008 ASP World Longboard Champion before the final stop on the tour in California in November.

"It is really good to have this second event this year," the local star said.

"Right now I will just enjoy this one and celebrate with the Australians and will start thinking of the next event later."

It's a celebration that's truly deserved.

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