Honolua cross-foot cuttie. Pic: WSL/Rowland
Kaitlin Maguire stepping in the final. Pic: WSL/Rowland
There are big bucks for the best shared wave, Honolua and Kelis Kaleoppa chasing it. Pic: WSL/Rowland
Kelis, cool-as. Pic: Vans/Jimmy Wilson
The winner and the scene. Pic: Vans/Jimmy Wilson
6 August 18
Huntington Beach CA: Wrapping up an incredible first dose of Finals Day, reigning WSL Longboard Champion Honolua Blomfield continues to display her dominance with an inaugural Women’s Duct Tape Invitational victory. It was all good vibes in the water as Blomfield shared the podium with runner-up and fellow Oahu competitor Kelis Kaleoppa (HAW), in third-place the two-time WSL Longboard Champion Jennifer Smith (USA), and Longboard CT competitor Kaitlin Maguire (USA).
Blomfield’s 8.00, showcasing her style and noseriding ability before a final turn on the inside cemented her win before sharing a special moment with Kaleoppa.
“That was so fun and such an honor to be a part of,” said Blomfield. “To win it is just that much more amazing. Sharing a final with a women like Jennifer (Smith), who’s been such an impact on the sport, Kaitlin (Maguire) that I get to surf against on the Tour, and Kelis (Kaleoppa) is one my best friends, so it couldn’t have been better. The fact that Kelis and I got to ride a wave in together was what that event represented for us - just having a blast doing what we love. I can’t thank Joel (Tudor) and Vans enough for that amazing opportunity.”
Vans US Open Women’s Duct Tape Invitational Final Results:
1 - Honolua Blomfield (HAW) 13.33
2 - Kelis Kaleoppa (HAW) 10.14
3 - Jennifer Smith (USA) 6.07
4 - Kaitlin Maguire (USA) 5.33