Gnarly Harley wins a toe hanging world title heat
Riyue Bay, Wanning Province, China: HARLEY Ingleby from Emerald Beach has produced a stunning just before the bell heat win at the Jeep World Longboard Championships.
In what proved to be the best heat of day four, Ingleby a two-time World Champ who is gunning for a third world title produced a malibu masterclass and one of the finest moments of his career.
Heat 5 of the Men's Round 3 was the most anticipated of the event so far with Ingleby facing French style-master Antoine Delpero.
Delpero controlled the heat until the dying minutes when Ingleby, the leading Aussie, snatched the lead.
With only seconds to go, Delpero took off and went to work, riding the nose and carving stylishly.
He earned the score and moved into first, but only momentarily, as Ingleby was behind him hanging-ten for what felt like an eternity.
The judges loved Harley's commitment to the nose ride and awarded him a score of 8.37 to win the heat.
"That was such a gnarly heat," Ingleby said.
"Coming up against Antoine so early in the contest was crazy as he is always a favourite to win the championship.
"I was struggling to find the sort of wave I wanted all heat so it really came down to the last exchange.
"I heard his score first and was gutted but then heard mine and am over the moon.
"The close heats are always hard but it's great when you come out on top," Ingleby said.
Reigning World Champion Piccolo Clemente of Peru wasted no time dropping two excellent scores early in his heat to prevail.
He then continued to increase his lead dropping the first perfect 10-point ride of the event as part of his heat total of 19.80. Clemente's near perfect heat total is the highest of the event so far.
"The waves are pumping today, it is amazing to have waves like this for a competition," Clemente said.
Watch the worldsurfleague.com live stream around noon Friday for the start of finals competition at Ruiye Bay.
Should the waves not prevail the waiting period will continue until December 13.