Two Ingleby boys and one Schmidenberg run hot on longboards
THERE MUST be something special in the water at Emerald Beach as it seems to be the magic elixir for producing longboard champions.
Harley and Mark Ingleby, and John Schmidenberg, emerged from the seaside village this week to win championships at the Australian Skin Cancer Clinics NSW Longboard titles in shifty three-to-four foot waves at Turners Beach.
As reigning World Longboard champion, Harley Ingleby shone in the open men's final.
The natural-footer unleashed a barrage of mammoth backhand turns to notch up a heat total of 14.57 (out of a possible 20 points), outpointing Jack Entwistle (Manly), Nick Farago (Corrimal) and Joel Skinner (Yamba).
All runners-up performed a series of impressive manoeuvres but fell short of the scores required to beat the champion who again will be the one to hold out for the national crown when the Australian Surf Festival arrives in Coffs Harbour on July 31.
The over-55 men engaged in a low-scoring battle but it was evergreen Mark Ingleby who kept the family flag flying by nabbing an 8.2 heat total.
Runner-up John Murray of Valery remained hot on Ingleby the elder's heels but fell marginally short when the final hooter sounded.
To complete the Emerald Beach trifecta, John Schmidenberg in the hottest form of his competitive career, grabbed the over-45s championship.
John's ability to scratch into heaving left barrels saw him bag a near-perfect 9.33 wave score (out of a possible 10 points).
It shot the goofy-footer straight into the lead ahead of Curl Curl's Jason Livingston.
John then backed up in the over-40s division to finish second behind Jason Livingston of Yamba.
After taking out the over-45 NSW Shortboard title at last week's HIF Surfmasters, John Schmidenberg joined the select few to have won a state title in both disciplines in the same year.