Harley Ingleby

2x World Champion

“Harley’s surfboards are some of Australia’s more interesting collections
and they’re more than just looks”

Born in Coffs Harbour in 1983, Harley Ingleby started surfing as soon as he could walk. His surf-mad father Mark encouraged Harley from the beginning, and also happened to have one of Australia’s more interesting surfboard collections, a collection that wasn’t just for looking at. Harley was encouraged to try all kinds of weird and wonderful surf-craft, and by the time he reached his teens, he could ride anything from a 5-foot fish to a 10-foot log.

Harley soon began 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 decide to pursue a different path. As he told Australia’s “Surfing Life Magazine,” Harley quickly outgrew all the egos and super-competitive kids at the shortboard events, and eventually gravitated more toward the longboard events, where he was having a lot more fun.

Harley Ingleby

2x World Champion

“Harley’s surfboards are some of Australia’s more interesting collections
and they’re more than just looks”

Born in Coffs Harbour in 1983, Harley Ingleby started surfing as soon as he could walk. His surf-mad father Mark encouraged Harley from the beginning, and also happened to have one of Australia’s more interesting surfboard collections, a collection that wasn’t just for looking at. Harley was encouraged to try all kinds of weird and wonderful surf-craft, and by the time he reached his teens, he could ride anything from a 5-foot fish to a 10-foot log.

Harley soon began 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 decide to pursue a different path. As he told Australia’s “Surfing Life Magazine,” Harley quickly outgrew all the egos and super-competitive kids at the shortboard events, and eventually gravitated more toward the longboard events, where he was having a lot more fun.

Once he decided to focus on longboarding, Ingleby’s progression began to accelerate. By 2005 he was one of a small group of surfers dominating Australian longboarding. Like Josh Constable, Ingleby managed to incorporate elements of his shortboard surfing into his longboard repertoire, with extraordinary results. He explains that shortboarding opened his mind as to what was possible, while longboarding improved his overall strength and technique. Ingleby won the Australian longboard titles in 2005 and 2007, all the while edging closer to a world title.

In 2009, the world title was decided over two events. Harley won the first in Japan, then clinched the title in the Maldives when he finished second. In 2014, he 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.

Harley has been getting boards from Billy Tolhurst since he was 12 years old, drawing on Tolhurst’s extensive experience that reaches back to 1964 when he shaped his first board. After shaping fins and boards under a number of legendary Australian shapers, Tolhurst started his own label in 1968—at the age of 15!

Shaping eventually took a back seat to a career in surveying and civil earthworks, but throughout the 1970s and ’80s, Tolhurst continued to build boards at nights and on weekends. Then, in 1992 he returned to shaping full time, with Tolhurst Surfboards quickly becoming one of Australia’s most respected board brands.

In addition to his pro career, Harley has been an integral part of the Australia team at the World Surfing Games. In 2006 he took an individual bronze in longboarding, while helping the Australian team to an overall gold medal. In 2008, he took an individual silver, with Australia again taking gold overall. And in 2009 and 2010 he also enjoyed individual podium finishes.