Jackson Close shows the expertise which secured him second place behind John Constable in the Open Men’s Queensland Longboard Titles on Saturday.
Jackson Close shows the expertise which secured him second place behind John Constable in the Open Men’s Queensland Longboard Titles on Saturday.

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.



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