Ingleby win proves he’s still at the top of his game
EMERALD Beach surfer Harley Ingleby has again stamped himself as the leading longboarder in the country.
The 29 year-old claimed the Australian Longboard Surfing Open on Sunday after setting up a big early lead in the final.
Challenging conditions were the order of the day at Kingscliff but Ingleby adapted better than American Taylor Jensen in the final.
Ingleby, the 2009 World Longboard Champion, got out to a strong start and never looked like relinquishing his lead throughout the final.
"It's always so hard to beat Taylor (Jensen) in these kind of conditions," Ingleby said.
"I really just stayed focused and I'm so stoked to get the win. It's been too long since I've won a contest and hopefully I can carry this momentum into the ASP World Longboard Championships in China later in the year."
Ingleby also take home another $1200 for taking out the Noserider division.
Jensen, the reigning two-time ASP World Longboard Champion was forced to play catch up throughout the final and in the end it cost him the chance to defend his event title.
"It was almost 15 minutes until I got a wave higher than a 1 or 2 and that makes it hard," Jensen said.
"That's just how it goes sometimes and congrats to Harley, he surfed well all event."