Debuting in 2010, the Duct Tape features 32 invitees and is staged several times each year in varied locations around the world – with an accent on fun. Kugenuma Beach Japan. Pic: Jimmy Wilson
Andy Nieblas last weekend, taking his second Duct Tape win. Pic: Jimmy Wilson
Honolua Blomfield taking her second Duct Tape. Pic: Jimmy Wilson
Andy with his 8 grand. Pic: Luki O’Keefe
6 November 19
Honolua Blomfield won the Women’s, Andy Nieblas the Men’s, but apart from the final four finishers in each division, we haven’t been able to glean much hard info from social media on the latest Vans Joel Tudor DT Invitational, but here’s a cut and paste of a rather flowery news bit from Surfline in the US:
"It was only a matter of time till the Vans Duct Tape series headed to Japan. Last weekend marked the first time the classic surf event set foot on Japanese soil. Arguably one of the most passionate surf scenes in the world, Japanese fans turned out in droves to watch 32 of the best longboarders exhibit their timeless logger style. Hosted at Kugenuma Beach in Fujisawa, the series witnessed its largest turnout ever, humbly recognized by contest director and surf legend Joel Tudor as 'a dream come true'.
"Featuring a men’s and women’s longboarding competition, live music, skate jams, surf sessions, family-friendly art workshops, and some of the most influential Japanese surf vendors on-site, the Vans Duct Tape Festival provided an unforgettable experience for the community. Heralding Joel Tudor as the ultimate sensei, the competition was held in the highest regard with him at the helm, as he led the next generation of longboarding talent onto Japan’s coveted shores.
"In the Women’s competition, decorated logger and former WSL world champion Honolua Blomfield brought elegance to the water, winning her second Vans Duct Tape title since 2018. Blomfield’s unmistakable grace across the surfboard was a sight to see, maneuvering the picturesque glassy conditions with pure fluidity. Runner up Hallie Rohr shared Blomfield’s enthusiasm, gliding through the waves with an energetic, creative style, ultimately earning her special honors in the group expression session.
"In the men’s competition, the ever-talented Andy Nieblas emerged in first place. Nieblas’ eccentric style always brings a modern approach to the contest, setting a new bar for innovation and reminding everyone to always have fun. Meanwhile, Kai Takayama, kin to surf royalty, demonstrated his natural talent of classic logger style, while adding on his own twist. Closing out the weekend in entertaining fashion, Joel brought party waves and paddle races to the beach, inviting all competitors to join in on the merriest expression session we’ve ever seen. Rohr and Nieblas stole the show, with honorable mentions going out to Jared Mell and Tosh Tudor for their amusing efforts overall."
Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational – Japan Results
1. Andy Nieblas, 2. Kaimana Takayama, 3. Kaniela Stewart, 4. Justin Quintal
1. Honolua Blomfield, 2. Hallie Rohr, 3. Kirra Seale, 4. Sierra Lerback