What: Oxbow WLT, Presented by Orange – ASP World Longboard Tour Event #1
Where: Les Cavaliers Anglet France
When: 5 – 11 May 2008
Harley Ingleby (AUS) was crowned Oxbow WLT Champion this weekend in good 2-3 foot waves at Les Dunes, south to the main venue of Les Cavaliers, France. In clinching the top podium spot, Ingleby takes the lead on the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Longboard Tour (WLT) ratings.
Ingleby, 24, defeated rising French star Antoine Delpero (FRA) at his home beach of Anglet, to win the 35-minute final. Ingleby posted a solid 16.65 point heat to beat Delpero’s 14.50 point score (both out of a possible 20) in the last heat of the week.
“I am the happiest kid in the world right now,” Ingleby said. “I had a very testing semifinal against Phil and that win gave me a lot of confidence for the final. I found the better waves against Antoine (Delpero) and it ends up just perfectly for me in the final.” Ingleby betters the equal 5th place he got last year at Anglet and now stands as a potential 2008 ASP World Longboard Champion before the final stop in California next November.
Delpero, 22, who finishes runner-up of the Oxbow WLT and gets his best result ever, put on a show on his way to the final, defeating former ASP World Longboard Champion Bonga Perkins (HAW) in the semifinals with an impressive 18.25 score. “The waves did not come to me in the final,” Delpero said. “I was feeling really good after my semifinal and felt confident but it did not happen. Harley (Ingleby) got the best set waves and I could not really surf my best.”
The new generation of longboarders led by Ingleby and Delpero, both aged under 25, stood against the experienced and favorites at the Oxbow WLT this week. Here’s how the results panned out…
Heat 1: Harley Ingleby (AUS) 16.65 pts Def. Antoine Delpero (FRA) 14.50 pts
Heat 1: Harley Ingleby (AUS) 15.00 pts Def. Phil Rajzman (BRA) 13.50 pts
Heat 2: Antoine Delpero (FRA) 18.25 pts Def. Bonga Perkins (HAW) 17.05 pts
Heat 1: Harley Ingleby (AUS) 13.65 pts Def. Carlos Bahia (BRA) 11.25 pts
Heat 2: Phil Rajzman (BRA) 14.85 pts Def. Matthew Moir (ZAF) 14.85 pts
Heat 3: Antoine Delpero (FRA) 16.75 pts Def. Amaro Matos (BRA) 10.85 pts
Heat 4: Bonga Perkins (HAW) 16.25 pts Def. Colin McPhillips (USA) 13.90 pts
ASP World Longboard Tour Top 5 After Oxbow WLT:
1. Harley Ingleby (AUS), 1200 pts
2. Antoine Delpero (FRA), 1032 pts
3. Bonga Perkins (HAW), 876 pts
3. Phil Rajzman (BRA), 876 pts
5. Carlos Bahia (BRA), 732 pts