Young among world's best after Riyue Bay titles
SURFING: While Angourie long board queen Nava Young finished a "disappointing” equal fifth at the 2016 Jeep World Longboard Championship, the surfer said she had taken a lot from her sixth attempt at the event.
Young was the last Australian standing at the Riyue Bay tournament and bowed out after a tough quarter finals battle with eventual victor America's Tory Gilkerson.
It was forecast to be glassy 3-4ft waves off the Chinese coast and the surfing Gods did not disappoint.
Young said conditions were prime throughout the contest culminating with sweeping sets in her second round heat with South Africa's Tarryn Kyte in which the "waves were amazing”.
It was not all smooth surfing across the week-long competition with Young involved in a concerning incident while preparing for a heat surf when she was accidentally kicked in the head by a fellow competitor.
"It was a freak thing,” she said. "I was waxing my board getting ready for my heat and another girl who had just won kicked her foot out (while celebrating) and it hit me square in the head.
"It connected with my temple so I immediately felt really sick. The doctor they have at the event was a lovely Aussie guy and it was his recommendation that I don't surf for at least 12 hours to see how it goes.”
Young was prescribed medication to quell any effects of a potential concussion and returned to the surf the next day to continue on in the competition "just with a bit of a bruised and swollen head”.
Young said she had picked up a few elements of her surfing that needed work ahead of next year's surfing season.
"Obviously I would have liked to do better but I did feel like I surfed well,” she said. "I have a few technical things to work on before the next contest in March.”
It was a tough finish also for Young's husband and fellow longboard tour professional America's Taylor Jensen who was unlucky to miss out on a final berth.
Jensen went down to eventual winner Phil Rajzman in controversial circumstances when Rajzman was awarded a "high” 9.20 single wave score in the dying minutes to claim the heat by an agonising 0.03 points.