Aussie's quest for a third World Longboard Title
AUSSIE surfer Harley Ingleby has breezed through the opening round of the Jeep World Longboard Championships in China, chasing a third world title.
The Coffs Coast surfer, hailing from Emerald Beach, won the world title in 2009 and again 2014 and looks in nice touch after his opening heat at Riyue Bay, Wanning, China.
In clean two-foot surf, reigning two-time World Champion Piccolo Clemente surfed his first heat at Riyue Bay since his victorious final in 2015.
The Peruvian looked in good form, posting a near excellent heat total of 15.93 (out of a possible 20).
The win wasn't an easy one however with young Australian Jack Entwistle of Manly nipping at his heels and only missing the top spot by 0.26 points.
"The conditions today are pretty tough with the strong off-shore wind but I'm happy because there are waves," Clemete said.
"It's good to be back here, I have a good crew I'm travelling with from home, my boards feel good and I have been training hard in the lead up to the contest. I feel confident and want to take the title back to Peru."
Ingleby, a powerful natural-footer, looked in good sync riding long hang-tens and throwing buckets of spray on his big roundhouse cutbacks to post one of the highest heat total of the day, an excellent 16.87.
"That was the best surf I have had in ages," Ingleby said.
"It looks so good out there but it is pretty tough. The forecast is looking really good so we should get a bit more energy on the point.
"The next few days should be good, it will be great too have some big open walls to play with."
The hands-down standout of Round 1 was 18-year-old Californian Kevin Skvarna who posted the three highest single-wave scores of the event so far in his opening heat.
The top two of these being a near perfect 9.67 and a 9.73 for an amazing heat total of 19.40.
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The waiting period will run until December 13.