- 24 August 2008 | Surfing
New champions were crowned and old records were broken on the final day of the Oxbow Australian Longboard Titles today.
Held at North Haven beach in epic, two-metre conditions the action that transpired was awe inspiring, as competitors pushed the limits.
Having seen the best 180 surfers from around Australia converging on Port Macquarie a week ago, the Oxbow Australian Longboard Titles it was Josh Constable (Noosa, QLD) who walked away with his fourth Oxbow Australian Title; in the Open Men’s division.
Not only did Constable set a new record, for most Open Oxbow Australian Titles won, he also saved his best for last with masterful display.
“I can’t believe that I won,” Constable said after racking up an amazing total heat score of 18.75 (out of a possible 20).
“Four Australian titles is something that I never thought would happen,” he added.
“I remembering watching my heroes like Wayne Dean and Ray Gleeve winning Australian titles and always wanted to emulate them, but to surpass those legends is awesome,” he said after becoming the most winingest Open Longboard competitor.
Constable was unstoppable in the final, finishing above Harley Ingelby (Emerald Beach, NSW), Sam Dunton (Mt Martha, VIC) and Paul Scholten (Emerald Beach, NSW).
“I didn’t want to relax for a second,” Constable stated.
“All the guys were surfing so well and the conditions were epic, I knew they could all get the scores to catch me.”
In the blue ribbon Women’s event, the Open Women’s division, it was reigning Oxbow Australian champion Chelsea Williams (Tweed Heads, NSW) who added a fourth Oxbow Australian title to her well adorned trophy cabinet.
“I’m so stoked to have won,” Williams said after dominating in the rugged, storm swell.
“To win four Australian titles is a dream come true.”
Still haunted by her gripping second place finish at the recent ASP Longboard World Title event in France, Williams hopes that her unprecedented fourth Australian title may heal the wound.
“I was so disappointed after finishing second in France. It still hurts a lot, but hopefully today’s result might eventually make it hurt less.”
“I’m just going to enjoy today,” Williams added after defeating Rosie Locke (Sunshine Coast, QLD), Rachel Pinsak (Terrigal, NSW) and Kelly Winter (Sunshine Coast, QLD) in the final.
In the over 60, 55, 50, 45, 40 and 35 Men’s division’s, it was David Pimm (Wheeler Heights, NSW), Phil Baggs (Hillsborough, NSW), Ric Chalmers (Pottsville, NSW), David Keevers (Byron Bay, NSW) Richard Smith (Sawtell, NSW) and Matt Rawson (Newcastle, NSW) who respectively stood tallest on the dais to claim prestigious national titles.
Beau Nixon (Toukley, NSW) and Georgie Roach (Gold Coast, QLD) took out the Junior Men and Women divisions respectively, Lisa Nicholson (Banora Point, NSW) took the Over 35 Women’s division in style, whilst NSW took out the hotly contested Teams Challenge.
Be sure to log onto www.australiansurffestival.com for full result and all information on the Oxbow Australian Longboard Titles; and the upcoming Na Papa Surfmasters Titles, which is running from Sunday August 24 until Saturday August 30 2008.
The website will feature a LIVE Event Broadcast with commentary and heat scores during the event as well as festival news, results, photo and video galleries.
Results – Oxbow Australian Longboard Titles
Junior Women: Georgie Roach (11.85 pts), Jess Kelly (10.10 pts), Rachel Pinsak (9.90 pts), Samantha White (9.80 pts)
Junior Men: Beau Nixon (10.75 pts), Adam Lynch (9.40 pts), Tas Dunton (9.35 pts), Clint Guest (6.45 pts)
Open Women: Chelsea Williams (12.25 pts), Kelly Winter (10.15 pts), Rosie Locke (8.00 pts), Rachell Pinsak (7.50 pts)
Open Men: Josh Constable (18.50 pts). Harley Ingelby (14.50 pts), Sam Dunton (12.40 pts), Paul Scholton (8.50 pts)
Over 35 Women: Lisa Nicholson (10.90 pts), Sharon Jackson (10.00 pts), Heather Peck (5.85 pts), Gayle Rezenbrink (4.75 pts)
Over 35 Men: Matt Rawson (16.00 pts), Dean Cook (10.50 pts), Nigel Canterbury (10.40 pts), Jason Weeks (9.15 pts)
Over 40 Men: Richard Smith (15.85 pts), Hayden Swan (14.00 pts), Scott Downing (12.15 pts), Mark McNamara (10.20 pts)
Over 45 Men: David Keevers (14.35 pts), Paul O’Grady (12.85 pts), John Fraser (11.90 pts), John Lane (8.65 pts)
Over 50 Men: Ric Chalmers (13.35 pts), Paul Guthrie (10.50 pts), Phil Roxburgh (8.65 pts), John Ayton (6.10 pts)
Over 55 Men: Phil Baggs (13.65 pts), Bruce Channon (13.40 pts), Peter Hudson (10.40 pts), Garry Taylor (10.25 pts)
Over 60 Men: David Pimm (10.25 pts), Daniel Bond (10.00 pts), Bob Smith (7.55 pts), Roy Forbes (6.00)
SOURCE: Surfing Australia