Oxbow Australian Longboard Titles

As the largest surfing event in Australian history draws closer by the day, anticipation continues to rise in the lead-up to the Country Energy Australian Surf Festival.

With 23 Australian titles to be awarded in 21 divisions, and the best surfers across the nation ready to converge upon the wave-rich Port Macquarie region, the Country Energy Australian Surf Festival is set to begin this weekend.

The  will kick-off the Festival with a bang - featuring a simmering selection of world-class talent.

Running as a part of the Country Energy Australian Surf Festival, the Oxbow Australian Longboard Titles will see the best longboard riders from across the nation converging upon Port Macquarie.

Former World Champion (2006) and three-time Australian Champion, Josh Constable (Noosa, QLD) is one such competitor ready to do battle this weekend.

“I’m really looking forward to getting to Port Macquarie,” Constable said after finishing runner-up last year to Harley Ingelby (Emerald Beach, NSW).

“It’s going to be such a good event as all the top competitors from Australia will looking to take the prestigious Australian crown.”

“Australian’s are currently dominating international longboarding, so the competition will be of a world-class standard,” he added.

Having won a number of titles this year, including the prestigious Open’s division at the Noosa Festival of Surfing and currently placed 17th on the ASP World Longboard Tour (WLT) rankings, Constable is definitely looking for a strong campaign at the Country Energy Australian Surf Festival.

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Pauline Ado

Pauline Ado (FRA), 17, clinched the ASP Grade-1 Oakley Pro Junior in solid five to six foot (1.5 to 2 meter) waves at Lacanau in France today. Ado, who defeated reigning ASP European Women’s champion Lee Ann Curren (FRA), current Junior ratings leader Joahnne Defay (FRA) and Marie Dejean (FRA) in a 100% French final, takes her win this year.

Ado, who ended up winning with a low 7.83 point score tally (out of a possible 20) due to the testing conditions, made it through four rounds today. Ado was a standout today and defended her ASP Junior regional crown with solid surfing.

"It was really difficult to express my skills out there and I am a bit disappointed with my scores", Ado said. " Lee Ann (Curren) dominated the whole final but I was Lucky in the end and it is not really you want to win. "

Ado, who will try at least to make the end-of-the-year regional Top 2, remains in contention for a possible second consecutive ASP European Junior title.

Lee Ann Curren (FRA), 19, who lost his seed right due to a late entry, had to get through a 6-heat marathon-day to make the final, missing the crown by 0.15 point. Curren posted both highest heat result and wave score, respectively a 17.33 point heat tally (out of a possible 20) and a perfect 10.00 point ride (out of a possible 10) in Round 2.

"I knew I had to find the best position and I chose the outside", Curren said. "The waves doubled throughout the day and it was very hard to find big scores. I had to change boards to adapt but it did not pay in the end."

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Oakley Pro Junior Japan 

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Grade-1 Oakley Pro Junior finals were held today in clean one-to-two foot (0.5 metre) waves at Shida-Shita Point in Chiba, Japan, and local standout Nobuyuki Osawa proved victorious over a stacked field of competitors.

Today’s competition was treated to a host of outstanding performances, including that of event favorite Keito Matsuoka who consistently posted high scores throughout the day en route to his Finals appearance.

Joining Osawa and Matsuoka in the Final was former Billabong ASP World Junior Championships campaigner Kento Takahashi and regional standout Shota Nakamura.

Despite the hard-fought Final, it was Osawa who stole victory in the final 10 seconds and be crowned 2008 Oakley Pro Junior Champion.

OAKLEY PRO JUNIOR - ASP Grade-1 Pro Junior
1 - Nobuyuki Osawa(JAPAN)
2 Shota Nakamura(JAPAN)
3 Keito Matsuoka(JAPAN)
4 Kento Takahashi(JAPAN)


SOURCE: ASP

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