Classic Malibu Pro - ALC

8 May 2006 0

Classic Malibu Pro: Josh Constable was a convincing winner over Jye Byrnes, Jackson Close and Harley Ingleby

Classic Malibu Pro: Josh Constable was a convincing winner over Jye Byrnes, Jackson Close and Harley Ingleby

Two-times Australian Longboard Champion and Noosa local, Josh Constable (Peregian beach), has returned to the winners’ podium, triumphantly taking out the Classic Malibu Pro 2006 - a 5A rated Australian Longboard Circuit (ALC) men’s event, at Sunshine beach today.

A picture-perfect autumn day, coupled with a solid 2 -foot of easterly swell greeted 30 of Australia’s finest longboard surfers, as they battled it out for the 06’ Classic Malibu Pro Title, and their share of the $5000 prize purse.

Mother Nature’s failure to deliver a significant swell over the weekend didn’t prevent the event from being postponed, as an exciting new format that allowed a two-day surfing window for one day of competition surfing was introduced as a safeguard.

With swell forecasts looking unfavorably for Sunday, Surfing Queensland’s decision to run the event was highly praised by competitors and spectators alike, as longboarders were given the best possible surf conditions to display their artful surfing.

Wave selection proved critical today with the ocean dishing-up inconsistent, but predominant left-hand beach break peaks.

Constable adapted well to the small, but picturesque conditions on offer, surfing with a great sense of modern style to convincingly defeat Jye Byrnes (Newcastle, 2nd), Jackson Close (Currumbin, 3rd) and Harley Ingelby (Emerald beach, 4th) in the final.

Judges had their hands full as the ‘cream’ of Australian longboarding went wave-for-wave, with positions changing constantly in the twenty-five minute final.

Constable lead from the start, posting an impressive 8.60-point ride early in the final, to have his counterparts on the back foot. Constable backed up his early high scoring wave with a remarkable 9-point ride to easily outclass his fellow finalists.

Without a professional win since June 2005, Constable executed a series of radical modern maneourves in both his semi-final and final heat, issuing a firm warning to his fellow competitors that he’s back to his brilliant best.

“I haven’t had a win since last year, so I’m pumped to take out this year’s event,” said an ecstatic Constable.

“I’m even more pumped to have won it on home turf!” added Constable.

Josh's victory was an early wedding present in disguise, with Constable poised to be married next Wednesday.

Defending Classic Malibu Pro Champion, Jackson Close (Currumbin), had luck on his side in his semi-final heat, scraping through to the finals by the narrowest of margins, 0.1-points. Unfortunately, Close couldn’t repeat his Houdini effort in the final.

“The waves were really fun, but I was fairly tired and I couldn’t put things together out there,” said Close.

Local Noosa surfer and Classic Mal board shaper, Brett White wasn’t as lucky, eliminated by Gold Coast’s Craig Harvey and Coffs Harbour’s Jared Neal in their quarter-final heat.

Reigning under 18 boy’s Australian Longboard Champion, Harrison Roach (Sunshine beach), quest for a maiden ALC victory was crushed when he was eliminated in his quarter-final heat by Constable, Close and Mitch Sheehy (Coffs Harbour).

Novocastrian, Jye Byrnes, backed up his runner-up placing by posting both today’s highest wave and total heat score, ( 9.5-points and 18.35-points ) in his quarter-final heat, to effortlessly pick up the ‘wave of the day’ prize.

The Classic Malibu is proudly supported by Ocean & Earth, Bradnam’s Windows and Doors, Malibu, Noosa Council, Pro-Tec, Coca-Cola, Tooheys Extra Dry and Surfing Australia.

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