Kelis Keleopaa, just 14 and already got an Open Mexi Log Fest win and now a Duct Tape. Pic: WSL / Herron
Florida may have bred Kelly the Goat, but how good is this guy! Justin Quintal takes his ninth Duct Tape – and his fifth on the trot! Pic: WSL / Morris
Andy Nieblas – forever adventurous. Pic: WSL / Herron
Honolua Blomfield and Kirra Seale chasing the 4,000 bucks for the Best Shared Wave. Pic: WSL / Herron
Troy Mothershead – styler! Pic: WSL / Herron
4 August 19
Huntington Beach: The Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational displayed some incredible style and amazing footwork as some of North America and Hawaii’s premier longboarders put on an exhibition during their Finals.
Quintal solidified himself yet again as one of the DTI’s most decorated competitors with a fifth consecutive, nine total, victory at this event over Kevin Skvarna (USA), Andy Nieblas (USA), Troy Mothershead (USA). The current Longboard Tour (LT) No. 1, and Jacksonville Beach, Florida, native’s poise on the nose in critical sections in the head-high set waves earned him a 17.00 heat total within the first 10-minutes and all but secured his win.
But, Quintal and runner-up Kevin Skvarna (USA) finished off their heat with a shared wave and show what this event truly embodies.
“It feels really good to win today and I’m fired up after that one,” Quintal said. “It’s pretty insane with the crowd on the beach but it gets me going and I’m psyched Jimmy Wilson brought me a Florida flag to represent. Kevin and I looked at each other and both said ‘let’s double this thing’ which is so rad for something at this level where it’s a little more serious but we still have fun. I’ll be doing the events in Spain and then New York so I’m really excited to have a guaranteed spot into those after winning this one.”
Kaleopaa became the youngest women’s DTI winner at just 14 years of age after a beautiful display against her fellow Hawaii contingent Haley Otto (HAW), Kirra Seale (HAW), and 2017 WSL Longboard Champion Honolua Blomfield (HAW). The Oahu, Hawaii, native has a big year ahead of her and the teenager was beside herself getting chaired-up the beach for her first-ever Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational victory.
“I’m just so humbled and grateful that I got to come this year and compete so I’m just really excited,” Kaleopaa said. “This is for everybody back at home, thank you so much for your support. I can't wait to go home for a bit and then head over to Europe, I'll be gone for almost a month between that event and New York which is insane but I'm really excited about the opportunity. That was the most fun anyone could have just surfing with all my friends in the Final and it was such an honor to take that win."
Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational Women’s Final Results:
1- Kelis Kaleopaa (HAW) 14.33
2 - Kirra Seale (HAW) 14.10
3 - Honolua Blomfield (HAW) 12.10
4 - Haley Otto (HAW) 7.17
Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational Men’s Final Results:
1 - Justin Quintal (USA) 17.00
2 - Kevin Skvarna (USA) 15.67
3 - Andy Nieblas (USA) 13.40
4 - Troy Mothershead (USA) 12.40