Thursday, November 30, 2006

Lanuza International Longboard Championships

Lanuza International Longboard Championships- Philippines;
Prize money $US10 000

Australia's Harley Ingelby wins Lanuza International Longboard Festival in the Philippines!

Harley Ingelby (Australia/NSW/Coff's Harbour) today posted one of his biggest ever wins by taking out the Lanuza International Longboard in the Philippines in an all Australian final.

Ingelby, the current world professional number three rated surfer surfed superbly all event and maintained his excellent form into the final where he posted two excellent rides, a 9.17 and an 8.13 giving him an outstanding final tally of 18.10 out of a possible 20 to easily win today's final.

"What a way to finish such an incredible week in the Philippines! We're all totally stoked on this place, the waves have been so fun, only small but it's such an amazing river mouth set up that it peels perfectly and offers massive scoring potential" said Ingelby after his win today.

"I'm honored to win the Lanuza International Longboard and I'll be back next year for certain and I can tell you all of us will be back, we love the place and the people and the waves!"

Ingelby secured his win today with his outstanding 9.1 ride mid way through the final when he unleashed a long hang ten nose ride combined with his trademark smooth and complete roundhouse cut back.

Gold Coast surfer Jackson Close (Currumbin) finished second today, also posting two excellent 8 point rides in the final.

Satisfied with his result Close said - "I can't complain, I had a good final and found some good waves but Harley was the man today - He's very hard to beat in long peeling waves like this"

Sunshine Coast Queensland surfers Grant Thomas (Maroochydore) and current World Champion Josh Constable (Noosa) finished 3rd and 4th respectively in a high scoring final that saw all four surfers post excellent scores.

World Champion Constable said after the final - "We've all enjoyed it here and we're very impressed with the wave set up. I'd love to surf it bigger and hopefully that's in store for us next year!"

Apart from the final a feature of the day was the Lanuza Bay Bamboo Boards expression session which ran between the semi finals and the final.

These high tech. bamboo boards are an amazing product being produced right here at Lanuza Bay. Former Australian shaper Richard Mathews is the creator and has set up production here and the incredible quality boards being produced were put to the test by four of the world's best.

Jai Lee, Ian Bell, Dane Pioli and Jacob Struth ripped on these boards, performing all the typical moves from their quarter finals and some more! Ian Bell pulled a successful air on one wave, Lee was outstandingly stylish on the nose, Pioli was typically powerful and Stuth delighted the crowds with a headstand.

The boys showed their seal of approval by jointly raising the boards above their heads as they returned to the beach and Bell was later announced winner of the expression session!

Congressman "Butch" Pichay, chairman of The Philippine Surfing Federation, announced his intention to at least double the prize money for next year's event following the outstanding success at this year's event which was greeted with wild applause from the large crowd and especially from the competitors.

While the waves throughout this year's event were small, the quality of this intriguing river mouth sandbank still dished up long clean peeling performance waves which were unanimously regarded as excellent small waves by all the world professionals here.

Even more encouraging for future years is the fact that the North Pacific Ocean is unusually quiet at present as has been highlighted in the Hawaiian Pro events which are running concurrently and those events have had some of the smallest contest surf in Hawaiian North Shore history to date.

So this event has delivered and another classic river mouth surf location which is firmly on the global map!

Final Results:

1st Harley Ingelby (Coff's Harbour/Australia)
2nd Jackson Close (Gold Coast/Australia)
3rd Grant Thomas (Sunshine Coast/Australia)
4th Josh Constable (Sunshine Coast/Australia)

Equal 5th - Michael Bellamy (Coff's Harbour/Australia), Dane Pioli (Wollongong/Australia)

Equal 7th - Jai Lee (Noosa/Australia), Ian Bell (North Haven/Australia), Luke Landrigan (La Union/Philippines)

- Steve Robertson

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Updated Schedule of 2006 Circuit: November 16

Latest Update on the 2006 Surf Circuit Schedule:

8-11 February 10th Aurora Cup

(Baler, Aurora)

29 April - 2 May 2nd Siargao Girls International Surfing Fest

(Siargao Island)

14-18 September 8th Siargao National Surfing Cup

(Siargao Island)

25 September to 01 October 12th Siargao International Surfing Cup

(Siargao Island)

5-12 October Catanduanes Governor's Cup
(Majestics, Catanduanes)

18-21 October Eastern Samar Surfing Crown

(Guiuan, Eastern Samar)

18-25 November 4th Lanuza Surfing Festival

(Lanuza, Surigao del Sur)

First week December - Ilocos Sur Surfing Crown

(Cabugao, Ilocos Sur)

14 - 17 December Rimat Ti Amianan

Note: Rimat Ti Amianan (San Juan, La Union) is no longer part of the 2006 PSF Circuit. However, PSF lends its support to the La Union Surf Club, who will be handling Rimat Ti Amianan this year.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Lanuza International Longboard Event: November 18 to 21, 2006

Outstanding field of world rated longboarders heading to Philippines for inaugural Lanuza International Longboard Event.

An incredibly talented and select field of elite longboard surfers are set to trek into the surfing Mecca of The Philippines for the inaugural Lanuza International Longboard Event. The line up is lead by current ASP World Professional Longboarding Champion Josh Constable (Noosa/Australia). Constable won his world title earlier this year in Costa Rica where he found some great waves and he appears even more excited about the coming Philippines event saying " It is great that an international longboard event is being taken to a tropical remote location. I hear the wave is like Noosa Heads in Queensland but with more size and that is like my home break and very suited to my surfing so I am certainly looking forward to surfing the wave and competing in this great event".

The event will run across a four day waiting period between November 18 and November 21st and importantly, this is prime time for surf throughout The Philippines so expectations are high for another magnificent event with perfect waves. Lanuza sits on the southern coast line in the region of Surigao, an amazingly rich area of high calibre surf including the famous break of Cloud Nine. Reports from the Philippine Surf Federation indicate that Lanuza is the equal of the Cloud Nine surf break, but with it\'s own unique qualities of lining up across a perfect and long distance point break!

Experienced international contest director Andrew Stark has done his research on the Philippines and commented on the event and location by saying "The field of surfers we are bringing to this event is absolutely world class. Some of the very best longboarders in the world and the Philippines will be provided a show of longboard surfing like they have never seen before. The wave is so perfect for longboarding and the surfers are all so excited about the event. It will really put Lanuza on the map as a world class surfing destination." Ten internationally world-rated surfers will challenge for the $US10 000 prize pool up for grabs including Harley Ingelby (Coff\'s Harbour/Australia). Ingelby is in awesome form at present following his third place in the ISA World Surfing Games at Huntington Beach earlier this month and the super stylish natural foot surfer is certain to appreciate the perfect peeling waves of Lanuza. Ingelby commented on the event today saying "I have never been to the Philippines but I have heard all good reports of the waves so I am really excited about the event. It is great to have the top longboard surfers in the world in a remote location for such a unique event. It would be such an honour to win the event in its first year as an international event and hopefully it continues for years to come".

The eight other surfers to join Constable and Ingelby in this paradise location are Grant Thomas, Brett White, Ian Bell, Jackson Close, Jai Lee, Michael Bellamy, Jacob Stuth and Dane Pioli. Locally ranked longboarders are also set to paddle against their foreign counterparts, making this international event a truly exciting competition for Filipinos as well.

The combined talent of this field is set to deliver possibly the highest quality surf event ever staged in the Philippines. Considering the number of outstanding and consistent wave locations along with the amazingly beautiful tropical island locations that these waves are set in, the opportunity to deliver an event of global impact at this inaugural event could well set the pathway for a big future in surfing and this event at Lanuza .

Daily Press Releases along with high quality digital images will be dispersed throughout the event. A post event gallery of images will also be available along with an event wrap up press release.

Media Information or Requests should be directed to Steve Robertson via email -

Event Queries should be directed to Andrew Stark via email -

Come the 22nd, the event moves on to a National Shorboarding event where locals from Lanuza, Baler, Siargao, La Union, Samar and Zambales are slated to compete for cash prizes totalling upwards of Php100,000. A special wahine expression session is also on the roster of activities.

For inquiries on the Nationals, email