By MARK BODE
mark.bode@scnews.com.au

SURFING: Former champion boxer Terry Landsberg moved to the Coast from landlocked Rockhampton in his early 20s, started surfing and hasn’t stopped.

As was the case during his ring days, Landsberg is driven by the pursuit of excellence.

Now 48, his love of the surfing remains undiminished, and his dedication to self-improvement has led to him capturing his first national title.

After being crowned national over-45 champion at Port Macquarie last week, Landsberg has the chance to represent Australia at the ISA World Masters in Montanitas, Ecuador, next year.

“Getting the opportunity to go to that is something I’d relish,” he said.

Landsberg has certainly relished living on the Coast.

Perhaps understandable given his late start in the sport, the Windansea Boardriders Club president believes he is still improving.

That is in large part is due to his decision to seek out one of the best coaches in the business, Gold Coast-based Mark Richardson. Richardson won last year’s ISA World Masters.

Landsberg, a former Queensland light welterweight amateur champion, explained his philosophy to self-improvement.

“Like an old dog learning new tricks, you’ve just got to understand, as most sportsmen know, that to get to a certain level you’ve got to be coached and listen to people who have been there, done that and pass that experience on to you,” he said.

“I started surfing at about 23 years old, so I’m pretty stoked about it (winning the national title).”

Landsberg’s victim list at Port Macquarie included former world masters champion Rod Baldwin.

He said his triumph came down to experience.

He remained composed and won the final in the dying stages, beating New South Wales trio John Schmidenburg, Glen Valaire and Charlie O’Sullivan.

“With competitive surfing you really need not only luck but you’ve just got to pick the correct waves and understand how to get through certain heats,” he said.

Having his 13-year-old son and fellow surfer Kane on the beach at Port Macquarie significantly enhanced the experience.

“Especially for him to say he was proud of me.

“It’s something I’ll never forget,” he said.

Landsberg’s next challenge will be the final of the World Surfaris Coast of Origin Interclub Series, which is scheduled for Coolum on September 8-9.

Caloundra-based Windansea and North Shore Boardriders have earned the right to represent the Sunshine Coast in the series finale against Gold Coast clubs Snapper Rocks Boardriders and Alley Boardriders.

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