Australian Longboard Surfing Open
World Surf League LQS Men's & Women's event
Kingscliff, NSW Australia
25 - 27 March, 2016
Brazil’s Chloe Calmon wins Cancer Institute LQS
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 27 March, 2016 - What a great final in glassy clean wave conditions for the Cancer Institute’s NSW LQS having Brazil’s Chloe Calmon dominating the heat with top scores of a 7.17 & 6.17. Showing great control on her back hand and with excellent wave selection, she was able to take out the best couple of waves of the final and shine through. Chloe Calmon became this year’s Australian Longboard Surfing Open deserving champion, taking out the World Champion Rachael Tilly.
Japans Hiroka Yoshikawa’s smooth style had her come in second place. Impressive beautiful nose rides, all of her toes hanging over as she demonstrated grace. Current World Champion, America's Rachel Tilly kept her noserides high and dry, across the top with a committed and smooth style she appeared to struggle in the diminishing conditions putting on a good performance but overall it wasn’t quite enough. Rachael received a close third with Tory Gilkerson following in fourth place.
Beautiful surfing from the ladies, in 2-3ft changing tide conditions saw all finalists showcase a high level of professional surfing, once again representing Women’s long board surfing world-wide.
Rachael Tilly- The conditions were really fun and the competition was great, I didn’t get the exact result I was here for. I let my nerves get the best of me. I felt I put on some good surfing throughout the whole event, so I am proud of what I have come this weekend. I am happy, no shame losing to anyone out there, they are all fantastic surfers”
Chloe Calmon “Conditions today were way better than yesterday, the waves got a little bigger and offshore. I was just trying to have fun and enjoy what I was doing the most and surfing and competing is what I love to do. I was nervous in other heats but my strategy for this one was to be calm in my first wave which paid off with my biggest score. I knew the game could change at any minute cause all the girls were surfing amazing. It is my first time in Australia and my first 2 events of the year, so I am pretty excited.”
In the Men’s Volte Wetsuits LQS Finals, in the end it came down to two competitors Harley Ingleby and Taylor Jensen going wave to wave, with a series of high performance and progressive manoeuvres equally balanced with traditional nose riding.
Watching this final you see what professional surfing is all about, utilising every inch of the board, on every foot of each wave. Taylor had positive dominant manoeuvres with a combination of hang fives and hang tens as well as power, speed and control through his many cuts backs and re-entries.
The level of surfing was outstanding and it was Taylor Jensen who came ahead at the end for a convincing win.
Taylor Jensen, “Im super stoked to start off the year with a win. Last year I ended with a 2nd place in China, it was pretty frustrating so having a win here to get things back on track is great. It was a tough heat with not so many waves, kind of an anti-climax to not have everyone get good waves but I’m wrapped it came my way and I got two good ones”
Harley comments “A little bit disappointed with another 2nd but I am happy for Taylor who is always surfing super solid. Pretty fun few days and the northerly held off, definitely a good call to have us in the morning rather than the last final of the day so that was much appreciated.”
An intense program for Coolangatta’s, Dane Pioli, blitzed the field in the Logger final with an exceptional demonstration of traditional longboarding leaving the water with 2 minutes to go in order to prepare and swap boards for the Men’s Pro final. Dane ended up half way through the final changing back to his traditional board finding the heavier board favoured the small wave conditions. Dane finished a great morning for first in the Logger and third in the Volte Wetsuits Men’s Pro final.
Dane comments “ There was only two waves every 20mins and with two high scores by Taylor and Harley in the 8’s, I was third in line for that set, I had to grovel in what I had ended with a point short, I was just happy to come in third place”