Josh Constable: used to the victory mode

In the wake of Queensland’s State-Of-Origin triumph, our proud state’s sporting dominance looks set to continue in the surfing world as the region’s best longboarders are all set for an Australian Titles onslaught after champions were crowned during today’s Bradnam’s Windows & Doors Queensland Longboard Titles.

Now looking to better their 2009 record-breaking seven out of a possible 11 national titles, Queensland’s State Longboarding Team will be spearheaded by Josh Constable (Noosa, Qld) who today claimed the blue ribbon Open Men’s division, capping off a stellar weekend for the world-class Sunshine Coast surfer.

Held in pulsing 1m waves on the beach breaks of Burleigh Heads, to the liking of the crowd, the predicted showdown between top seeds Constable and Snapper Rocks superstar Jackson Close culminated in one of the most exciting state titles deciders in recent memory.

After trading blows early on in the final, Constable was behind in the dying minutes before registering an astonishing 9.43 (out of a possible 10) on his very last wave.

The near-perfect score meant his two wave heat total of 14.00 (out of a possible 20) was enough to knock a gallant Jackson Close out of the lead by less than half-a-point with close finishing on 13.67.

“Wow, what a battle!” said a relieved Constable.

“That was one of the most exciting finals I’ve been involved in for quite a while and it’s a credit to Jackson (Close) and all the competitors involved in the entire event who keep lifting the standard and profile of longboarding each year… I’m absolutely wrapped,” he said.

Meanwhile, Alexander Headland duo Sharon Jackson and Damian Coulter both bagged a double today, with Jackson walking away with both the Open Women and O/35 Women’s titles and Coulter clinching the crown in the O/35 and O/40 Men’s divisions.

In other news, Glen Cunningham (Bargara, Qld) maintained his form from day-one to take the title in the O/45 Men’s division, out classing a gallant David Watson (Main Beach, Qld) and David Cottle (Narrowneck, Qld) who finished second and third respectively.

Not to be outdone, Beth Palmer (Dicky Beach, Qld) and Steve Miller (Moffat Beach, Qld) solidified the Sunshine Coast contingent’s dominance today, claiming respective titles in the U/18 Girls and O/35 Men’s divisions.

See a full list of winners below…

Bradnam’s Windows & Doors Queensland Longboard Champions

Open Men – Josh Constable (Noosa, Qld)
Open Women – Sharon Jackson (Alexandra Headland, Qld)

U/18 Boys – Nic Jones (Bargara, Qld)
U/18 Girls –Beth Palmer (Dicky Beach, Qld)
O/35 Men – Damian Coulter (Alexandra Headland, Qld)
O/35 Women – Sharon Jackson (Alexandra Headland, Qld)
O/40 Men – Damian Coulter (Alexandra Headland, Qld)
O/45 Men – Glen Cunningham (Bargara, Qld)
O/50 Men – Steve Miller (Moffat Beach, Qld)
O/55 Men – Denis Carberry (Burleigh Head, Qld)
O/60 Men – Neville Smith (Brisbane, Qld)

The two-day Bradnam’s Windows & Doors Queensland Longboard Titles is the exclusive state qualification competition for longboarders aspiring to represent Queensland during the Australian Longboard Titles, which will be held in Port Macquarie (NSW) from August 15-22.

Open Men – Top six competitors qualify for Australian Titles
Open Women – Top four competitors qualify for Australian Titles

U/18 Boys - Top four competitors qualify for Australian Titles
U/18 Girls – Top two competitors qualify for Australian Titles
O/35 Men – Top three competitors qualify for Australian Titles
O/35 Women – Top two competitors qualify for Australian Titles
O/40 Men – Top three competitors qualify for Australian Titles
O/45 Men - Top three competitors qualify for Australian Titles
O/50 Men - Top three competitors qualify for Australian Titles
O/55 Men - Top three competitors qualify for Australian Titles
O/60 Men - Top three competitors qualify for Australian Titles