Constable locks down another state title
SURFING: Peregian Beach surfer Josh Constable has given himself a shot at securing a seventh Australian Championship after the former world longboarding champion took out another Queensland title yesterday.
In what was a perfect result for Sunshine Coast surfers, Constable won the open men’s division, while Noosaville’s Emily Lethbridge claimed the open women’s title in an all-Sunshine Coast final.
After trick conditions shook up the draw in the opening rounds at Sunshine Beach on Saturday, those remaining were treated to beautiful, clean waves at Alexandra Headland.
Constable held off challenges from Coolum’s Adam Whitby, Glenview’s Bowie Pollard and Matthew Benson in the final to prove once again that he has not lost his touch.
The four will now have the opportunity to represent Queensland at the Australian Surf Festival at Coffs Harbour in August.
There was some constellation for Pollard who didn’t leave the titles without some silverware, taking out the Open Men’s Logger final against Benson, Craig Davies and Justin Healey.
Despite small surf right along the Sunshine Coast at the weekend, surfers were still able to wow the judges during the Futures Fins Unconventional Expression Session.
Nicholas Brewer took the prize, displaying “countless spins” on his longboard, and Adelaide Smith, Emily Lethbridge and Nelly St Baker were applauded for successfully surfing a wave on the same longboard.
Damien Coulter took out the HIF Wave of the Weekend award, for scoring a near-perfect 9.83 out of 10 in the over-45 men’s final.