Harley Ingleby shows the style that has taken him to third place in the 2009 longboard world championship.
Harley Ingleby shows the style that has taken him to third place in the 2009 longboard world championship. Kenneth Morris

Wave of surfing talent surges in 2008

WITH the last major tournament for 2008 now completed in Hawaii, it's been a landmark calendar year for surfers from the Coffs Coast.

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) ratings are covered in local names with longboarder Harley Ingleby going painfully close to the world crown.

Ingleby was top seed for the last tournament of the year, the Oxbow at San Clemente in California on November 8, but after no luck in the semi finals, he eventually finished third behind Hawaiian champion Bonga Perkins. However, the year wasn't a total washout for the Emerald Beach surfer with major event wins in Europe and membership of the Australian squad which won the teams titles at the World Surfing Games in Portugal.

Mullaway's Angela Keighran often didn't receive the same share of the spotlight as the men but ended the year ranked number 74 on World Qualifying Series ratings and third on the regional list, behind Sally Fitzgibbons on both lists.

Her effort is particularly notable after receiving points in just three events which in real terms leaves her (among Australian competitors) three places adrift of multiple world champion Layne Beachley who ranked 57.

Among other local competitors, Ellie-Jean Coffey ranked seventh while Kira Townsend wound up in 19th position.

But among the 'young guns', the year belonged to Heath Joske (Nambucca Heads) and Jayke Sharpe (Sandy Beach) who finished second and fourth respectively on the junior men's list, as well as dipping their toes for the first time into international waters.

Coffs Harbour youngster Madison Williams continued his rise to prominence by finishing in eighth spot with Otis Carey (36), Billy Kean (40), Justin Turk (71) andAlex Swadling also forcing their way into the hottest one hundred.

Joske and Sharpe have both signalled their intentions of chasing qualification for the World Pro tour with a host of overseas engagements planned for 2009.



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