Brazil’s Rodrigo Sphaier has made quite a dent on the pointy end of the titles over the past two years, and he’s back – here on his way to Round 3. Pic: WSL / Tim Hain
Last year’s world number two, South African gun Steven Sawyer – now through to Round 3. Pic: WSL / Tim Hain
Honolua Blomfield winning her opening heat on Day 1. Pic: WSL / Tim Hain
From Day 1: 2015 World Champ Rachael Tilly, also a first round winner. Pic: WSL / Tim Hain
Taylor Jensen, and look out, the two-time champ is looking sharp. Pic: WSL / Tim Hain
27 November 17
Jinzun Harbour, Taitung, report from Tom Bennett/WSL: The first casualties were sent packing with the completion of 8 heats of Men’s Round Two as pumping swell continued to file into Jinzun Harbour for the Taiwan Open World Longboard Championship.
Harley Ingleby (AUS) is not a name you would expect to see in elimination Round Two, but after a close opening heat that is where the two-time world champ found himself. Coming up against trials winner Rory Macdonald, Ingleby turned on his trademark technical wizardry, combining power with finesse to post a winning heat total of 12.93.
“The wind is pretty strong into the right-handers but the waves are still really good,” Ingleby said. “Having to surf in Round 2 isn’t too bad, it is just more time in the water which I like, you just want to make sure you make it. This is a great location for an event; it is such a high-performance wave. The people here are so friendly and it is a beautiful coastline.”
Last year’s World Longboard Championship runner-up Steven Sawyer (ZAF) was another unexpected Round Two surfer. Hailing from the long point break of Jeffery’s Bay in South Africa, Sawyer is no slouch in big open windy right-handers. Sawyer’s conventional approach saw him take the heat with a total of 11.70.
As the wind began to howl, event directors were forced to call it a day with four heats left to run. Before they did, however, the most exciting heat of the day went down between Aussie duo Jack Entwistle (AUS) and Jared Neal (AUS). Entwistle lead the entire heat until in the dying minutes Neal found a solid left to take the lead. Shortly after Entwistle answered back and won the heat after the buzzer with a heat total of 14.14.
“I saw Jared turn for that one inside of me and thought it was all over,” Entwistle said. “I wasn’t aware he had taken the lead when I took off but knew it was a possibility. With this in mind, I knew I had to get busy and did. I’m really happy to have won that heat and keep going through.”
Men's Round 2 Results:
Heat 1: Antoine Delpero (FRA), 12.83 def Chung Hua Cheng (TPE) 6.93
Heat 2: Harley Ingleby (AUS) 12.93 def Rory Macdonald (TPE) 7.37
Heat 3: Cole Robbins (USA) 12.10 def Tung-Ming Chen (TPE) 6.37
Heat 4: Steven Sawyer (ZAF) 11.70 def Anthony Spencer (AUS) 9.00
Heat 5: Rodrigo Sphaier (BRA) 16.17 def Satoshi Horii (JPN) 9.10
Heat 6: Ben Skinner (GBR) moves through with Andre Derizans (HAW) retiring injured
Heat 7: Matthew Moir (ZAF) moves through with Duane Desato (HAW) retiring injured
Heat 8: Jack Entwistle (AUS) 14.14 def Jared Neal 13.26