BUDERIM teenager Nic Jones overcame illness to defend his open men's longboard crown at the Noosa Festival of Surfing on Saturday.
Now he's got his sights on this week's coveted Australian Longboard Surfing Open.
"I'm hoping to win it," he said of the world qualifying series event at Kingscliff.
"The two-time world champion (Taylor Jensen) is going to be there but I've surfed against him quite a bit and I've beaten him in a few semi-finals here and there. But I've never got him in the final and I'm pretty keen to do that."
Jones, who will compete in his first ASP World Longboard Championship at China in November, is among the top long boarders in Australia at the moment.
His skills were on display on Saturday when he comfortably staved off Manly's Lawrence Harkness and Caloundra's Pat O'Leary to defend the coveted Classic Malibu Men's Open title after feeling sick for days.
"I still wasn't 100% but I was feeling a lot better than earlier in the week, when I was feeling so sick," he said.
Indeed, he only just made it through the heats.