Ingleby angles for win
IN THE first of two events that will decide this year’s longboard world champion, Emerald Beach surfer Harley Ingleby has taken the first step toward reclaiming the crown that he won in 2009.
Competing in the Sri Lankan Airlines Pro at the famed Arugam Bay, Ingleby eliminated fellow Australian Mitch Surman.
Revelling in the crisp one-metre waves that were running up to 100 metres down the world-class pointbreak, Ingleby scored 14.65 (out of a possible 20 points) from the judges for his best two waves in the opening round heat to clearly outpoint Surman (10.25).
“It’s never good to go up against one of your mates in round one but that’s competition,” Ingleby said.
“I spoke to some of the boys who were here for an event last year and I’ve been hanging to come.”