IN TUNE: Harrison Roach during day three of the Noosa Longboard Open. Picture: Surfshots Noosa
IN TUNE: Harrison Roach during day three of the Noosa Longboard Open. Picture: Surfshots Noosa

Roach shapes up for tilt at Noosa title on finals day

SURFING: Hometown hope Harrison Roach likes his chances at Noosa Main Beach, heading into finals day of the opening event of the World Longboard Tour.

The 29-year-old forced his way into the last 16 with some eye-catching displays in familiar waves on Monday.

He overcame Californian Kevin Skvarna and another local favourite, 2006 world champion Josh Constable, in 1m surf.

“I’ve been competing against Josh for what feels like forever and came up under his wing here in Noosa,” he said.

“It was nice to have a heat with him at this event at home.”

And now he’s targeting victory in the Noosa Longboard Open, a significant event on the tour.

“I’m feeling good at the moment and have put in a lot of time down here in this bank and am feeling pretty in tune with some of its subtleties and where to find the long ones.

“I like my chances on this bank, as there are a few more rights than last year, which definitely suits me.”

Roach isn’t the only Sunshine Coast competitor still in the event, with Zye Norris also progressing.

Meanwhile, Noosa’s Emily Lethbridge is still in the women’s field.

She reached the last eight and is set to press her claims for victory on finals day on Tuesday.



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