2014 Australian Surf Festival
Australian Open Longboard Championships
Coffs Harbour, Australia
6-14 August, 2014
Clinton Guest narrowly took the win over Ingleby
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 12 August, 2014 - Clinton Guest (Burleigh Waters, Qld) and Emma Webb (Jan Juc, Vic) have been crowned 2014 Australian Open Longboard Champions, claiming titles in clean two-to-three foot waves at the 2014 Australian Surf Festival. Guest and Webb took the victories for Queensland and Victoria when they took out the prestigious titles in waves that ran 100-to-200-metres down the length of Arrawarra Headland.
Guest was arguably the underdog going into the Open Mens final, facing off against former World Longboard Champion Harley Ingleby (Emerald Beach, NSW), 2013 Open Mens Longboard Champion Jared Neal (Sapphire Beach, NSW) and Justin Redman (Dunsborough, WA). However, Guest stepped up to the plate and was able to post a 9.00 wave score (out of a possible ten points) and an 8.45 for a series of critical turns and lengthy nose-rides. Despite moments of brilliance from all competitors, Guest’s aforementioned waves scores enabled him to narrowly keep on top of the Open Mens runner-up (Ingleby) and take the win by a mere 0.40 points.
“I think I just surfed the heat of my life,” said Guest. “I knew it’d take something pretty special to beat guys like Harley and Jared at their local break and Justin Redman as well. I can’t believe I came away with the win. I had a special board that I rode a few years ago and it’s been in the cupboard for a little while and I knew that I’d have to go as hard as I possibly could to get a win over them. Fortunately, we played gentleman’s rules over the course of the final as well, which made it nice and fair. I’ve been dreaming about winning this since I was a kid.”
Emma Webb (Jan Juc, Vic) managed to bag the Australian Open Womens final, locking in a heat total of 15.50 (out of a possible 20 points). The Victorian surfer was able to steal the win in the dying minutes from back-to-back Australian Title runner-up Erin Dark (Tugan, Qld), who was leading the charge for the majority of the heat. Kathryn Hughes (Currimundi, Qld) took third and Lara Murphy (North Bondi, NSW) claimed fourth spot.
Emma Webb © Ethan Smith
“I am so stoked,” said Webb. “At the end of the heat, I thought Erin actually won, so I was massively relieved when they told me my final score was enough to take the lead. I just tried to win with my turns as I knew all the other competitors were amazing at nose-riding.”
The Australian Surf Festival at Coffs Harbour is set to attract more than 500 surfers from around the country, over the 18-day event period.
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1 – Clinton Guest (Burleigh Waters, Qld)
2 – Harley Ingleby (Emerald Beach, NSW)
3 – Justin Redman (Dunsborough, WA)
4 – Jared Neal (Sapphire Beach, NSW)
1 – Emma Webb (Jan Juc, Vic)
2 – Erin Dark (Tugan, Qld)
3 – Kathryn Hughes (Currimundi, Qld)
4 – Lara Murphy (North Bondi, NSW)
2014 Australian Surf Festival Schedule
1 August – Australian Surf Festival Opening Ceremony
2-6 August – Australian Surfmasters Titles
2-3 August – Australian Single Fin Titles
6-14 August – Australian Longboard Titles
7-10 August – Australian Logger Titles
14-18 August – Wahu Australian Bodyboard Titles