So Close to longboard title
THE final of the Open Men’s Queensland Longboard Titles could not have been closer on Saturday, as Snapper Rocks superstar Jackson Close came within a whisker of completing the most outstanding double of his surfing career.
Having won the Open Men’s Stand Up Paddleboard state title a fortnight ago, Close missed out on a memorable brace by a heartbreaking 0.33 of a point.
After trading blows early in the final, Close led Josh Constable until the dying minutes, only for the Noosa juggernaut to register an astonishing 9.43 out of a possible 10 on his last wave.
The near-perfect score meant his two-wave heat total of 14.00 was enough to knock a gallant Close, who had scored 13.67, out of the lead by the slimmest margin.
“What can I say?” Close said.
“If you’re going to lose a longboard event to anyone, at least it’s one of the best longboarders going around.
“I had fun out there with Josh.
“Hopefully I can go one better next year.
“The Queensland team looks really strong though heading into the Aussies, so hopefully we can go down there and have a few wins.”
Close, Constable and the rest of the Queensland longboarding team will look to better last year’s record-breaking seven out of a possible 11 national championships when this year’s Australian Longboard Titles are held in Port Macquarie from August 15-22.