Josh Constable: the nose rider

Josh Constable has taken the Hyundai Pro Longboard Tour title at Sandy Bay, Whangarei, New Zealand. The Australian longboarder won the first event of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Australasia Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS).

The final day of the Sandy Bay event took place in clean 0.5m - 1.0m waves with light winds and crisp conditions. After the previous two days of competition, day three delivered the best waves of the event and the large crowd witnessed a true spectacle of quality surfing.

The Open Men's Final was run in the best waves of the entire event. Clean 1.0m waves broke on two clearly defined Sandy Bay peaks and the world class surfers thrived in the fun conditions. Josh Constable scored a perfect 10.0 point ride with seven minutes to go and followed it up with an 8.6 point ride to take the lead with two minutes to go, a lead he never let go.

The former world champion showed true competitive prowess and was untouchable in the final. "I thought Mitch had it in the bank, and even after my 10 I was still in second place" he said." I'm stoked on my win here, it's a great way to start the LQS year and I love coming back to Sandy Bay" he said.

Constable, who was runner up in the 2010 event, will no doubt be a hot contender for the 2011 Hyundai Pro Longboard Tour champion. He now leads the four event LQS and also jumps back into the lead on the Hyundai Pro Longboard Tour, in New Zealand, after winning the two events he has contested to date.

Early on in the Open Women's Division final, Georgia Young, who had been in second place for the entire heat scored a long left hander and pulled a long hang 5 almost to the sand to win. "I had so much fun out there today, the waves were really clean and I was stoked on my last wave. I have been really impressed by the amount of female surfers entered in the Women's Division, and the level of surfing from the Kiwi girls is awesome" she said.

The hotly contested Junior Division saw Luke O'Neill and Nic Jones put on a stellar performance for the crowd. O'Neill, who is the current Under 18 Boys National Champion, surfed with style well beyond his years and his nose riding ability was world class.

ASP LQS Open Men's Division Final
1st Josh Constable (AUS), 2nd Mitch Surman (AUS), 3rd Harley Ingleby (AUS), 4th Phil Morris (NZL)

Open Women's Division Final
1st Georgia Young (AUS), 2nd Nava Young (AUS), 3rd Sam Suendermann (AUS), 4th Wini Paul (Sandy Bay)

Under 18 Boys Division Final
1st Luke O'Neill (Christchurch), 2nd Nic Jones (Australia), 3rd Hone Douglas (Whakatane), 4th Joseph Stewart (Whakatane)

Over 40 Men's Division Final
1st Brian Young (Orewa), 2nd Mike Thomson (Raglan), 3rd Steve Andrews (Sumner), 4th Steve Tyro (Raglan)

Over 50 Men's Division Final
1st Viv Treacy (Ocean Beach), 2nd John Ayton (Sandy Bay), 3rd Grant Cochrane (Christchurch), 4th Mike Thomson (Raglan)

Over 60 Men's Division Final
1st Paul Browne (Orewa), 2nd Laurie Landridge (Whangarei), 3rd Dave Gould (Sandy Bay), 4th Mike Jolly (Piha)

Stand Up Paddleboard Division Final
1st Beau Nixon (AUS), 2nd Daniel Kereopa (Raglan), 3rd Shayne Baxter (CHCH), 4th Karlos Aarsen (Whangamata)