Jeep World Longboard Championship
World Surf League Longboard Event
Riyue Bay, Wanning, Hainan Island China
5 - 12 December 2015
Between homework assignments Teenager Rachael Tilly makes semis
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 7 December, 2015 - Wanning, Hainan Island - The Jeep World Longboard Championships hosted by Wanning ran through the remaining 4 Heats of Women's Round 2, Round 3 and the Quarterfinals today, meaning we now have our four deserving Women’s Semifinalists.
With clean 2 – 3 foot waves running down the point at Riyue Bay the action was high all day as Crystal Walsh (HAW), Chelsea Williams (AUS), Chloe Calmon(BRA) and Rachael Tilly (USA) moved through into the Semifinals.
During Last year’s event, Crystal Walsh made it to the Quarterfinals and was eliminated finishing equal 5th in the World. This means that today’s result is the best the Hawaiian has had at the World Championships.
“This is wild,” Walsh said. “I can’t believe I’m in the semis,” Walsh said. “Every time Tory (Gilkerson) would take off on a wave it was terrifying because she could easily have been getting an 8.00 or 9.00. I felt a lot better during this heat than I did in my earlier one. I’m just so stoked I’m in the semis.”
Atlanta Nascimento © WSL/Hain
Reigning Women’s World Longboard Champion Chelsea Williams continued her good form pulling into a rare Riyue Bay barrel during round 3 and completing long hang tens during her Quarterfinal appearance, doing it all seemingly with ease.
“I had so much fun out there,” Williams said. “I forgot it was a heat and just stayed relaxed and surfed. I really wanted to mix it up and show some variety and the waves allowed me to show my bag of tricks. I had a lot of fun which is what it’s all about.”
Arriving in Riyue Bay weeks before the event was due to start to get a feel for the wave payed off today for Brazilian Chloe Calmon. She looked un-stoppable as she hung ten beautifully down the line.
“It was a really difficult heat,” Calmon said. “I’ve been competing with Atlanta (Nascimento) for so many years and we’ve had so many battles. She has been ripping all contests. The waves are really good at the moment but I still needed to be careful with my wave choice.”
Honolua Blomfield © WSL/Hain
The last Semifinalists to be decided was teenager Rachael Tilly (USA) who has been in some of the best form of her short career. Tilly is managing a lot here in China as she still has school assignments to work on after the day of competition.
“I am so excited to have made it this far,” Tilly said. “This is my third time at this event and I haven’t made it past the second round before so I’m stoked to be in the semifinals. My board feels really good so I’m looking forward to surfing again tomorrow.”
Tune back in tomorrow at 7:30am local time to see the official call an potentially a Women's World Champion crowned. Watch live action at www.worldsurfleague.com or on WSL the App.