Honolua Blomfield Is The 2017 World Longboard Champion
29 November 2017, Jinzun Harbor, Taiwan
Photos by Hain / World Surf League
Haleiwa’s water princess Honolua Blomfield has today defended her event title at the 2017 Taiwan Open and simultaneously been crowned the 2017 World Longboard Champion.
The talented 18-year-old Hawaiian is competitive in both short and longboarding. This week was up against the very best longboarding females in the world in Taiwan this week and the women received pristine conditions for the final day. Pumping four-to-six foot, offshore waves flowed into Junzun Harbor as former world champs Chelsea Williams, Lindsay Steinriede, Tory Gilkerson and Rachel Tilly as well as event champions from around the globe took their toes to the nose and moved their eight-foot plus boards around the waves.
In what has been a great year for women’s longboarding, the WSL was also stoked to confirm that 2017 would include two events to decide the World Champion, the first time since 2011. It meant that women’s results from the first event, the Kumul Papua New Guinea LCT would combine with the Taiwan Open results to crown the newest champ. In PNG Blomfield finished with a third place putting her in solid contention for the title leading into Taiwan.
Coincidently, 2011 World Champ Lyndsay Steinriede was on fire all day with near-perfect consistency to secure her place in the finals. Blomfield used every possible manoeuvre and skill in her repertoire to pull off a final heat score of 18.60 (out of a possible 20), the highest of the event. Her rail game, transitions and nose riding was seamless and was just what she needed to step in front of Steinriede.
After her win, Blomfield said, “I feel like I’m on top of the world and that this isn’t real. To have all of your hard work pay off like this feels better than anything – this is the best day of my life. I definitely felt like the underdog going into the final as Lindsay had been posting such huge scores all day, then I just peaked in the final somehow. It’s been an incredible day and the waves have been so amazing – it’s pumping out there.”
Runner-up, Steinriede said “I’m so stoked with making it to the final – the waves have been incredible today. I’m really happy we powered through so many heats today and made the most of this pumping surf. This has been a great year with the two events as it gives everyone more of an opportunity at success – and is just awesome for longboarding. Seeing Honolua killing it this much at just 18 years of age is amazing, she put on an amazing performance in the Final and I’m really happy for her. The surf today was unbelievable – definitely the best whole day of surf I have had in Taiwan it’s an amazing place. I look forward to next year and seeing what the future holds.”
An epic end to the year and some incredible and inspiring surfing. Well done and congratulations to all the surfers in the Taiwan Open.