Chelsea aims to cement standing

TWEED Heads surfer Chelsea Williams will be chasing national title number three when she heads to Port Macquarie for the Australian Longboarding Titles this week.

Williams, who placed third in the World Women's Longboard Titles in France this year, has dominated the Australian scene this season and heads to Port Macquarie as a firm favourite.

Despite having the pressure squarely on her shoulders, Williams remains relaxed about the event.

"I don't feel like there is any pressure on and I'm treating this just like any other competition," Williams said.

"All you can do on the day is your best in the conditions so there's no point getting worked up about it."

Having won eight out of the nine major contests in Australia this season, Williams has enjoyed the best form of her short career and capping the year off with a win at the national titles will cement her standing as Australia's premier women's longboarder.

"You can't lay claim to being champion until you win the national title and the last time I did that was back in 2005," Williams said.

"I didn't compete last year so I'm really determined to do well this year."

Williams expects her main rival, in the field of 20, to be Crescent Head surfer Jodie Barsby, a competitor who she is very familiar with.

The national titles will include under 18 boys and girls, open men and women, over 35 men and women, over 40 men, over 45 men, over 50 men, over 55 men and over 60 men's divisions.

Reigning world and Australian champion Josh Constable will start a firm favourite in the open men's division.

The titles commence today and will continue through to Sunday. The event will be broadcast live on www.surfingaustralia.com



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