South African Steven Sawyer. Pic: WSL / Jack Barripp
Japanese stylist Take Inouye. Pic: WSL / Tim Hain
Californian Kevin Skvarna, single-fin log. Pic: WSL / Jack Barripp
Englishman Ben Skinner. Pic: WSL / Tim Hain
Hawaii’s Ned Snow. Pic: WSL / Tim Hain
28 November 18
Taitung, Taiwan: The action continued as Jinzun Harbour continued to dish up excellent conditions for some of the best longboarders on the planet. With competition moving into Men’s Round 2, the first group of eliminations meaning the first group of competitors were sent home.
Two-time World Champion Harley Ingleby (AUS) once again found himself in the danger of a Round 2 elimination after a narrow Round 1 loss. The powerful all-rounder then had the task of taking on local wildcard Pan Hai Hsin (TPE) (Rory McDonald) in a do-or-die heat. The local started well but was unable to overcome his experienced counterpart, but the local Taiwanese surf fans were proud of Hsin’s performance and stoked to see crowd favourite Ingleby advance.
Although he was eliminated in the second round, local wildcard Pan Hai Hsinwas relishing the opportunity to surf against a former WSL World Longboard Champion.
Heat 7 of Round 2 was a duel between two of Longboarding’s new-wave of traditionalist competitive surfers, Kevin Skvarna (USA) and Jack Unsworth (GBR). With each surfer exclusively surfing on single-fin logs, the heat was bound to be a battle of the nose-rides, and that is what it was. Unsworth showed moments of brilliance, riding the nose of his board shaped by countryman and fellow competitor, Ben ‘Skindog’ Skinner through the critical sections, but struggled with his wave choice. Skvarna’s experience at Jinzun paid off, finding a combination of lefts and rights to win the heat and progress into Round 3.
Brazilian powerhouse Rodrigo Sphaier (BRA) dominated his Round 2 heat against World Championship debutant Steven McLean (USA) in Heat 3. Sphaier posted two solid scores early while McLean struggled to find a rhythm, and is eliminated in equal last place. Sphaier moves into Round 3 and closer to the possibility of a Brazilian World title whitewash in 2018.
Earlier in the day, the action began with Round 1 Heat 8 as Julian Schweizer (URY) earned a spot straight into Round 3 with a great heat win. This feat is made even more impressive by the fact he is the first Uruguayan surfer to compete at a WSL World Longboard Championships. Steven Sawyer (ZAF)was in excellent form during Round 1, swooping left and right at Jinzun to garner a solid heat total of a 14.00 and sail past the cutthroat Round 2 affairs.
Also into Round 3 were Ben Skinner (GBR), 2x World Champion Piccolo Clemente (PER), Jared Neal (AUS), Scotty Fong Jnr (HAW), Makamae Desoto (HAW), Emilien Fleury (FRA), Jefson Silva (BRA), Jack Entwistle (AUS), Austin Hollingshead (USA), Josh Constable, and Tony Silvagni (USA) who all won their opening round heats.
- REPORT: TIM HAIN WSL
RESULTS MEN’S ROUND 2 (H8-12):
Heat 8: Julian Schweizer (URY) 13.07, Adam Griffiths (GBR) 11.60, Kevin Skvarna (USA) 9.10
Heat 9: Tony Silvagni (USA) 8.56, Emilien Fleury (FRA) 7.96, Kyohei Okada (JPN) 7.04
Heat 10: Steven Sawyer (ZAF) 14.00, Taka Inoue (JPN) 12.40, Ned Snow (HAW) 11.33
Heat 11: Ben Skinner (GBR) 12.87, Rodrigo Sphaier (BRA) 11.80, Austin Hollingshead (USA) 7.70
Heat 12: Piccolo Clemente (PER) 13.00, Nic Jones (AUS) 9.90, Josh Constable (AUS) 8.93
RESULTS MEN’S ROUND 2:
Heat 1: Harley Ingleby (AUS) 13.76 def. Pan Hai Hsin (TAW) 7.50
Heat 2: Jared Neal (AUS) 12.17 def. Adam Griffiths (GBR) 12.10
Heat 3: Rodrigo Sphaier (BRA) 13.94 def. Steven McLean (USA) 8.07
Heat 4: Scotty Fong Jr. (HAW) 10.13 def. Nic Jones (AUS) 10.00
Heat 5: Makamae Desoto (HAW) 8.80 def. Ned Snow (HAW) 8.03
Heat 6: Emilien Fleury (FRA) 12.50 DEF. Dean Bevan (AUS) 8.70
Heat 7: Kevin Skvarna (USA) 11.90 DEF. Jack Unsworth (GBR) 8.64
Heat 8: Jefson Silva (BRA) 9.07 DEF. Kyohei Okada (JPN) 5.80
Heat 9: Jack Entwistle (AUS) 11.00 DEF. Taka Inoue (JPN) 9.87
Heat 10: Austin Hollingshead (USA) 8.33 DEF. Duane Desoto (HAW) 6.03
Heat 11: Josh Constable (AUS) 9.13 DEF. Alfonzo Pieters (ZAF) 4.04
Heat 12: Sam Christianson (ZAF) 10.73 DEF. Wenderson Biludo (BRA) 10.40
MEN’S ROUND 3 MATCHUPS:
Heat 1: Phil Rajzman (BRA) vs. Julian Schweizer (URY)
Heat 2: Steven Sawyer (ZAF) vs. Jack Entwistle (AUS)
Heat 3: Harley Ingleby (AUS) vs. Austin Hollingshead (USA)
Heat 4: Tony Silvagni (USA) vs. Eduardo Bage (BRA)
Heat 5: Ben Skinner (GBR) vs. Emilien Fleury (FRA)
Heat 6: Taylor Jensen (USA) vs. Jared Neal (AUS)
Heat 7: Edouard Delpero (FRA) vs. Scotty Fong Jr (HAW)
Heat 8: Piccolo Clemente (PER) vs. Kevin Skvarna (USA)
Heat 9: Antoine Delpero (FRA)
Heat 10: Cole Robbins (USA) vs. Josh Constable (AUS)
Heat 11: Rodrigo Sphaier (BRA) vs. Jefson Silva (BRA)
Heat 12: Kai Sallas (HAW) vs. Makamae Desoto (HAW)
WOMEN’S ROUND 1 MATCHUPS:
Heat 1: Rachael Tilly (USA) vs. Alice Lemoigne (FRA) vs. Crystal Hulett (ZAF)
Heat 2: Crystal Walsh (HAW) vs. Atalanta Batista (BRA) vs. Emily Lethbridge (AUS)
Heat 3: Honolua Blomfield (HAW) vs. Hiroka Yoshikawa (JPN) vs. Wang Yun Chieh (TAW)
Heat 4: Chloe Calmon (BRA) vs. Soleil Errico (USA) vs. Avalon Gall (USA)
Heat 5: Lindsay Steinriede (USA) vs. Kathryn Hughes (AUS) vs. Kirra Seale (HAW)
Heat 6: Kaitlin Mikkelsen (USA) vs. Tory Gilkerson (USA) vs. Emily Currie (GBR)