Born in Coffs Harbour in 1983, Harley Ingleby was catching waves soon after he could walk, courtesy of his surf-mad father, Mark, who also happened to have one of Australia’s more interesting surfboard collections. Mark Ingleby’s board collection was not just for looking at, and Harley was encouraged to try all kinds of weird and wonderful surf-craft. By the time he reached his teens he could ride anything, from a 5-foot fish to a 10-foot log. He started competing in shortboard and longboard junior events and was a star performer in both. After a string of successes, he was urged to consider the emerging Pro Junior tour, but something made Harley slam on the brakes. As he told Australia’s Surfing Life Magazine: I realized I was having more fun at the longboard events. As a grommet I got over all the egos and super-competitive kids at those events. It wasn’t a conscious plan, it’s just what happened.
Once he had decided to focus on longboarding, Ingleby’s progression was swift, and by 2005 he was one of a small group that dominated Australian longboarding. Like Josh Constable, Ingleby managed to incorporate elements of his shortboard surfing into his longboard repertoire, with extraordinary results. He explained, ‘Shortboarding expands my mind as to what is possible and longboarding improves my overall strength and technique’. Ingleby won the 2005 and 2007 Australian longboard titles while edging closer to a world title. In 2009 when the title was decided over two events, Ingleby won the first in Japan, then came second in the Maldives to clinch his first world title. In 2014 Harley claimed his second WSL World Longboard Championship title with a win at the GoPro World Longboard Championships in Hainan, China, and a second place finish at the Australian Longboard Surfing Open.
In addition to his pro career, Harley has been a key player in Australian teams in the World Surfing Games. In 2006 he took an individual bronze in longboarding, while helping the Australian team to a gold medal overall. In 2008 he took an individual silver while the Australian’s again took gold, and in 2009 and 2010 he also enjoyed individual podium finishes. - Australia’s Hottest 100 Surfing Legends by Phil Jarratt
Today the two-time world longboard champion is still riding boards shaped by his local Australian shaper Billy Tolhurst. Now designing boards with advanced materials, and Epoxy Matrix / Thunderbolt Technology, Harley’s favorite shapes are performing at the highest level experienced.