Former world longboard champ Harley Ingleby will be facing a crack field next weekend at the Whalebone Classic.
Former world longboard champ Harley Ingleby will be facing a crack field next weekend at the Whalebone Classic.

Tough time ahead for Ingleby in WA

EMERALD Beach longboard star Harley Ingleby knows he has his work cut for him if he's to claim the lion's share of the prizemoney on offer at the Whalebone Classic next week.

The event has been given an upgrade to 3-star status and that means the quality of the field in Western Australia will be better than ever.

The 2010 ASP World Longboard Champion will have to face reigning world champ Taylor Jensen who has flown in from California for the event as well as fellow international competitors Armando Colucci from Italy and New Zealand Open Champion Thomas Kibblewhite.

On top of these three will be fellow Coffs Coast longboard star Jared Neal who is ranked number 14 in the world to contend with as well as 17-year-old Nic Jones and Ben Dickens.

"The Whalebone is looking like it's going to be extra tough this year," Ingleby said.

"It can be a hard break to read and the local WA guys are all over it.

"Plus being stepped up to an ASP 3-Star rating means it will be harder than usual with a stronger International field going as well.

"It's always a really fun weekend over at the Whalebone, so I'm looking forward to it."

The Whalebone Classic is one of the premier events in the Australian professional longboard community.

Now into its 15th year, the Whalebone takes over Iso's Reef at Cottesloe with almost 200 longboard surfers and their supporters converging for two days of intense yet fun competition.



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