Josh Constable

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.

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)

Chris Davidson

Chris Davidson (AUS), 31, won the prestigious ASP WQS 6-Star Prime Rip Curl Pro pres. by Sprite today in clean three foot (one meter) waves at Les Bourdaines, main venue of the 2008 edition.

Davidson, who defeated an impressive Jihad Khodr (BRA) in the final where he posted the highest heat score of the week, secured his second ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) win this season and confirms his No. 2 rank on the international ratings.

"I cannot believe it, it is more than I could ever hope for," Davidson said. "I felt like it was my day because these conditions usually fit my surfing so well and there was all the potential to surf at my best. I was so amped I got those two big scores straight away and just felt like I was free surfing with Jihad (Khodr)."

Davidson, who posted an impressive 19.27 point heat tally (out of a possible 20) to clinch the crown, has had an amazing year with several finals and two ASP WQS 6-Star wins, enough to make his ASP World Tour qualification dream get closer to reality.

"It has been a tough time for me since I got back on the WQS," Davidson said. "I was injured last year and with very few sponsorship so it has been a struggle but I am already looking forward to competing against the ASP Top 45 next year. So stoked, I cannot believe I have won it."

Davidson, who showed great surfing and radicality all week, was the only one to stop an outstanding Jihad Khodr (BRA), currently No. 42 on the ASP World Tour.

Khodr, who was seen as the potential champion after busting some of the most impressive airs and turns of the event this morning, missed the title not getting the better waves during the final battle.

"It was Davo’s day and there was not much I could do in the final," Khodr said. "I am stoked to get this second place and I had a great time in France, had a lot of fun competing in the good conditions today so it is all good for me."

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Kai Barger

Maui’s Kai Barger, 18, of Haiku, scored the first major ASP Pro Junior victory of his career at Waikiki Beach today in the $5,000 Macy’s E-Series Pro Junior presented by ASP Hawaii.

Against an all-star lineup of Hawaii’s hottest juniors, Barger surfed through five rounds to take the honors, winning $2,000 and accounting for top names the likes of Clay Marzo (Maui), Casey Brown (Big Island), and Ha’a Aikau (Oahu) along the way.

Second place today was Sebastian Zietz (Kilauea, Kauai), 20 third was 15-year-old Keanu Asing (Ewa, Oahu) and fourth was Albee Layer (Haiku, Maui).

Surf for this one-day event was highly contestable in the two-to-three foot (1.5 metre) range. However, the afternoon’s high tide brought with it inconsistent conditions that emphasized the importance of a solid start to the 30-minute final. Just 13 waves total were ridden during the final heat all but one were posted in the first 15 minutes before the high tide slowed conditions to a virtual standstill.

With so little surf on offer for the all-important heat of the day and with the carbon copy wave nature of the Queen’s surf break, the playing field was so level and the calibre of surfers so close that the win came down to a countback between Barger and Zietz. In the end, Barger won with 12.5 points out of 20 (individiual wave scores of 7.25 and 5.25) to Zietz’s 11.9 (7.5 and 4.4).

The critical edge turned out to be Barger’s more vertical backhand attack over that of his three regular-footed rivals.

"The thought of winning a pro junior for me was a dream," said Barger. "I’ve never made a pro junior final. I’ve watched all my friends win, and finally... I’ve been hurting for one. I think I might have had the slight advantage being backside. When it’s so small, you can kind of just throw it up there and it might look a little better to the judges. I was surprized, actually. I thought I didn’t win."

The Macy’s E-Series Pro Junior is one of three ASP Pro Junior events to be held in Hawaii this year and is a qualifier for the prestigious Billabong ASP World Junior Championships in Australia in January of 2009.

The Macy’s E-Series Pro Junior was the third and final event of the 2008 Macy’s E-Series, staged this summer. The first two events were ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS)1-Star events as part of the ASP World Tour.

ASP Hawaii and Macy’s collaborated to produce the Macy’s E-Series, giving Hawaii’s pro surfing community a much needed opportunity to win valuable ASP ratings points and prize money at home breaks.

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