Taiwan World Longboard Championships Will Produce World Champion
EVENT // WORLD LONGBOARD CHAMPIONSHIPS
It’s been a few years coming but at last the world’s best longboarders will have their world champion crowned as the result of more than just a single event. The 2017 Taiwan Open World Longboard Championship kicked off today with its inaugural event that will run from November 23 – December 3, 2017. There has been an event in Taiwan in the past but it has not had the professional stature that has been gifted to it this year.
Earlier in the year, the World Surf League hosted another first with the initial World Longboard event in Papua New Guinea and now the athletes are ready to back up their results or take the reigns in anticipation of the 2017 champion.
On day one, the women were greeted by some amazingly clean conditions with three-to-four feet. They were conditions that clearly favoured current leader Chloe Calmon (pictured above) from Brazil. Chloe got her confidence up early slamming a 17.90 (out of a possible 20) in her heat to progress unharmed. Her ride was described as having an “incredible display of poise on the nose and speed and release in her turns” (WSL).
“This place is so amazing – we have been getting great waves,” Chloe said. “I was having a good time in my heat, posting a solid score early is always nice as you can relax a little. In PNG I ended up in Round 2 so to skip into Round Three here is really nice.”
Rachael Tilly from California has also made her way to Taiwan with hopes of claiming her second World Title. In 2015 she made her entrance to the professional level as the youngest ever World Longboard Champion at just 17. Rachael is currently sitting in fifth place after the PNG event and also had a good day in the water.
“This is not an easy wave to figure out – it changes a lot from heat to heat which can be confusing,” Rachael said. “I chose to sit on the right as it looked to be the wave offering the most opportunity. I was pretty nervous before that heat so I’m stoked to get through into Round Three and am excited to see how the event unfolds.”
We look forward to seeing how this awesome event plays out over the week. You can watch the event live via the World Surf League website. Check your local times so you don’t miss a thing.
Taiwan Open World Longboard Championship Women’s Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Alice Lemoigne (FRA)13.40, Lindsay Steinriede (USA)10.90, Maria Fernanda Reyes (PER) 9.23
Heat 2: Kaitlin Maguire (USA) 11.94, Kathryn Hughes (AUS) 9.87, Tory Gilkerson (USA) 8.73
Heat 3: Chloe Calmon (BRA)17.90, Natsumi Taoka (JPN)12.10, Hsiang Yun Shih (TPE) 4.23
Heat 4: Crystal Walsh (HAW)16.00, Nava Young (AUS) 9.77, Niu Chen-Lin (TPE) 5.30
Heat 5: Honolua Blomfield (HAW) 15.06, Justine Mauvin (REU) 9.50, Soleil Errico (USA) 9.17
Heat 6: Rachael Tilly (USA) 15.33, Chelsea Williams (AUS) 13.13, Atalanta Batista (BRA) 9.74