Williams back to her best
TWEED Heads longboard champion Chelsea Williams was back to her best at the Noosa Festival of Surfing on Sunday, but the day belonged to Sunshine Coast local Josh Constable.
While Williams stole the show from the United States' two-time ASP Women's World Longboard champion Jennifer Smith en route to winning the ASP Revo Eyewear Women's Pro, there was no stealing the limelight from the man most of the crowd came to see.
Dubbed “the king of Noosa”, Constable claimed his fourth festival title on Sunday when he won the ASP Golden Breed Pro title from Jared Neal.
The five-time Australia Men's Longboard champion and 2006 ASP Men's World Longboard champion proved unstoppable in the final, opening up with a cracker 7.50 (out of 10) ride and followed up with an excellent 8.00 to secure a huge lead over the rest of the field early on.
His two-wave total of 15.50 (out of a possible 20) was enough to win him the mantle, with Neal (14.15), Taylor Jensen (13.25) and Thomas Kibblewhite (12.00) finishing behind him in the four-man final.
“Conditions were tough but I aimed to get off to a quick start, get a few waves under the belt and then wait for some better ones and it worked out well,” he said.
“I don't mind if it's small. I'm from here and we don't get big waves anyway, so I'm used to surfing little waves like that.
“I felt comfortable out there and like I said, I got off to that good start and it was momentum for the rest of the way.”
In the women's final it was Smith who held an early heat lead, with two great 6.50 and 5.75 rides, before Williams staged a remarkable comeback.
Executing a perfect hang-10 manoeuvre to secure this year's title, Williams backed up her early 6.00 with a solid 6.90 to bump Smith from first to second.
Isabelle Braly, of Byron Bay, finished third, while Bianca Anstiss, of Currumbin, took fourth.