Surf star in close call
FORMER world longboard surfing champion Harley Ingleby made it through to the semi-finals of the world tour event being staged in Sri Lanka.
Having used up a decent slice of luck reaching that stage, the Emerald Beach surfer's good fortune disappeared against reigning world champion Duane Desoto.
Ingleby produced his highest scoring two-wave total of the Sri Lankan Airlines Pro but was edged out by the Hawaiian 17.13 to 17.00.
Earlier, Ingleby rode his luck to move through to the final eight.
The 28-year-old was trailing Brazilian Phil Rajzman in their second-round heat at Arugam Bay with only two minutes remaining and needed to score at least a 7.20 (out of a possible 10 points) to keep his hopes alive.
As the clock ticked down the Aussie maintained his composure and waited patiently for a wave. Then, with the siren set to sound, Ingleby paddled into a nice one-metre wave and racked up a 7.50 ride to progress to the quarter-finals where he faced another Hawaiian in Kai Sallas.
Ingelby won that two-man heat with a score of 14.84.
Although edged out in the semi-final Ingleby was philosophical about the way he found himself in the final four.
“That was a nail-biter,” Ingleby said of the narrow win over Rajzman.
“It was so close, I feel for Phil (Rajzman) because it's tough to lose those ones but it was great to be through to the quarter-finals.”