Close call at Q'land longboard titles
SUNSHINE Coast longboarders totally dominated last weekend's Queensland State Longboard titles, with Noosa's Josh Constable and Maroochydore's Sharon Jackson winning the Open men's and women's finals.
Held on the Burleigh beachbreaks, Constable, the current Australian longboard and national stand up paddle (SUP) champion, fought off a big challenge from Currumbin's Jackson Close, the defending state champion.
After trading blows early in the final, Close led Constable right up until the dying minutes when the Noosa star posted a 9.43 on his final wave to win by 0.33.
Both will join a superior Queensland team for the Australian longboard titles at Port Macquarie in August. Queensland is the defending national team champion.
Close, who won the state SUP title two weeks ago, will also be vying for the national SUP title.
AFTER surviving the world economic collapse, surfwear giant Quiksilver can still afford to spend up big on its marketing and movie-making projects.
Recently the company, started by Allan Green in Torquay, Victoria, back in 1969, booked out all three surf camps at G-Land, Java, Indonesia for a couple of weeks, rumoured to have cost a lazy $200,000 for exclusive use of one of the world's best left-handers, chopper and jet ski hire.
The only thing was G-Land only worked for a couple of days, and Quiksilver's No.1 Kelly Slater and No.2 Dane Reynolds were booked but failed to show!
Former '80s dual world champ Tom Carroll was there, and back in action ripping on a single fin after being sidelined for the past six months, as a result of a nasty wipeout at Waimea Bay during last December's Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational.
LAST year's world runner-up Joel Parkinson and his sparring partner, former three-times world champ, Hawaii's Andy Irons scored perfect waves at one of the other best left-handers in the world, Desert Point, Lombok.
Taking the quick speed boat from Bali, the boys arrived in the rain, but once the skies cleared and the tide emptied out, the wind blew offshore.
Parko who had never surfed there before, according to his blog site, said the waves really turned it on.
Parko praised Irons' backhand tube-riding style, saying that when the waves are cracking 6-8ft and barrelling over a razor-sharp reef, Andy comes into to his own.
THE SurfWorld surf museum will celebrate its first anniversary with some of the world's best photographers this Friday, June 25 from 6-9pm.
Peter ‘Joli' Wilson, one of the all-time greats who follows the ASP World Tour and all its exotic locations, heads up the cast of famous shutterbugs including one of the world's best water photographers, Martin Tullemans, plus Tony Harrington and Ben Ey.
They willdiscuss the moments behind the big photos. Costs is $15 including light supper and drinks, which makes for an entertaining night with the lens men.
THE Masters Queensland titles will be completed this weekend on the Sunny Coast with titles from the over-28s to over-55s to be decided, as well as state team places for the Australian Masters (shortboard) titles at Port Macquarie. One noticeable omission is national and state champ Mark “Richo” Richardson, who is having a break, until the upcoming World ISA titles in Peru where he represents Australia in the Open men's team.
THE annual Billabong Occy Grom comp from July 3-7 is proving to be one of the most popular under-12 to 16 events in the world.
Occy won't miss this one and will surf with the groms in an expression session.
There will also be a stack of giveaways including a dig to win.