Josh off to national titles

Josh Constable in action at the Queensland Longboard Titles last weekend. Photo: Jake White
Josh Constable in action at the Queensland Longboard Titles last weekend. Photo: Jake White

Peregian’s Josh Constable turned the tables on arch rival Jackson Close to claim the blue ribbon open men’s event at the Queensland Longboard Titles on the Gold Coast last weekend.

Currumbin’s Laceys Lane provided perfect 1.5-metre point break waves as the state’s best longboarders competed for prestigious state crowns and a spot in the Queensland team to contest the Australian Longboard Titles in Port Macquarie later this year. Back in 2006, Josh Constable won the Queensland, Australian and world longboarding titles.

Then he lost them all.

The world title may have again eluded the 27-year-old after he was knocked out in the second round in France this year, but he’s taken the first step to winning back his title trilogy with Sunday’s win.

And, just by making the four-man final, Constable was assured of a place at the national titles at Port Macquarie in August.

“It was good to win the title again but the main thing was making sure I was in the Queensland team for the national titles,” Constable said.

“If I had have lost the final, it wouldn’t have been a devastating loss, but not getting to the nationals would have been.

“I’d love to win back that national title.”

Living up to his reputation as one of the world’s most electrifying longboarders, Constable was in sizzling form from his opening ride in the perfect right-hand waves. However it was no easy win for Constable, forced to fight runner-up Close all the way in the exciting 25-minute final. With eight minutes remaining and sitting in fourth place in the final, Constable claimed the lead with a near-perfect 9.75 score leaving his nearest rival, Gold Coast’s Jackson Close, requiring a 9.26 for the win.

With just seconds remaining, Close locked in a 7.75 but it wasn’t enough.

Constable finished on a two-wave combined total of a 17.00 to Close’s 14.75.

Adding merit to the former world champ’s win was that he had done it at Close’s home break, Currumbin.

“It was great to beat him at his local break,” Constable said.

Oliver Shaw (Coolangatta) and Mitch Surman (Maroochydore) finished third and fourth respectively.

Coolangatta’s Selby Riddle won the open women’s final ahead of coming out on top against Kelly Winter (Sunshine Beach)

Local surfers dominated the age divisions with Georgie Roach winning the under-18 girls, Damien Coulter (Mountain Creek) the over-35 men, Sharon Jackson (Alexandra Headland) the over-35 women, Brad Sultmann (Buderim) the over-40 men, Michael Corcoran (Marcus Beach) the over-45 men and Paul Newman (Buderim) the over-50 men’s division.

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