Jeep World Longboard Championship
World Surf League Longboard Event
Riyue Bay, Wanning, Hainan Island China
5 - 12 December 2015
Relaxed Williams Eyes Back-To-Back Titles at Jeep World Longboard Championship
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 23 November, 2015 - Wanning, Hainan Island - A year after becoming World Longboard Champion, Australian Chelsea Williams is looking to make it back-to-back wins the 2015 Jeep World Longboard Championship presented by Wanning.
Having finished runner-up for the Title four times in the past, taking the number one spot last year was a huge relief for Williams who will arrive in China for this year’s event feeling far more relaxed than previous years.
“It feels different this year,” Williams said. “I feel like this massive weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. I’ve always put so much pressure on myself to win but it’s gone now, I feel so much more relaxed and can't wait to surf my heats without that pressure and just have fun.”
Another huge difference Williams will notice at this year’s event is that her main rival and opponent in the Final for four years running, Kelia Moniz (HAW) has been forced to withdraw from this year’s event injured.
“Kelia (Moniz) is a great surfer and it’s a shame she won't be competing this year. The last four years we've had a great rivalry going with us being in the final every year. Kelia has always pushed me to surf better.”
This isn’t to say she will have an easy run in 2015; there are still 23 other hungry competitors Williams will have to beat before she can claim her second World Title.
“I guess this year it will be a bit different, there are so many girls that are capable of winning, it will be awesome to see how everything unfolds this year.”
One thing is for sure; the goofy-footer can’t wait to get back on the long lefts of Riyue Bay in Wanning, China.
“I love the fact that we get to surf a left hander. Coming from the Gold Coast lefts are kind of a rare thing so just getting to go left is exciting. Last year we had such good waves I’m hoping that this year will be just as good.”