Honolua Blomfield has been crowned 2017 longboarding world champ with a near perfect heat in Taiwan.
In the best conditions on offer for the event so far, it was a no-brainer to run the finals in pumping, clean, 3-to-4 foot surf. An intense day of competition saw a number of the title favourites drop out as the scenarios began to develop, building maximum excitement for every heat.
After besting 2016 world champ, Rachel Tilly in the semi-finals, Honolua faced 2011 world champ, Lindsay Steinride in the final. Lindsay started the heat strongly with an 8.67 but Honolua responded quickly with an 8.83. She backed it up on the next wave with a long, composed hang ten and soul arch followed by a hang five and a driving top turn in the powerful waves which saw her earning a 9.77 and cementing an unbeatable lead with 28 minutes remaining.
“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.”
Although Lindsay looked destined to win, consistently posting the highest scores of each round, combining long nose rides with grace on the rail, she came just short of taking her second World Title. Still, she couldn’t be happier.
“I’m so stoked with making it to the final – the waves have been incredible today. 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.”
*You can read more about Honolua in our interview with her in Edition 3 of the mag available (for free) online here.