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45 and 22 x 3 each. Pic: Lodin

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Honolua Blomfield on a bomb. Pic: Lodin

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Harrison Roach, big smooth turns, driving noserides. Pic: Lodin

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World Titles at Malibu – the youngest, the oldest – wrap & results

13 October 21


So did you catch it live? Being on the other side of the world here in Oz, it was a toss-up if the 1am alarm was a good idea but it turned out it surely was worth crawling out of bed for.

Malibu delivered, the surfers responded of course, and it was a fascinating event with all sorts of seesawing scenarios going down over the course of the day (night).

Honolua Blomfield got rolled in the final by French styler Alice Lemoigne but still convincingly nailed her third world title after her big win in the pool at The Ranch two weeks ago – making the 22-year-old Hawaiian the youngest surfer in WSL history to win three world titles.

And then there was Tudor. Right throughout it was like watching him in the Malibu highlight vids we post here on the PLB site – he was just bloody flawless!

He surfs First Point a lot, and he reads every wave so perfectly – the off-the-tops, the swooping turns, the daring hang-tens, the switchfoot trim to get through sections (when did he start switchfooting so often?) – and it delivered him his third world title in cracking style. His first was in 1998, his second in 2004 – and this one, at 45, made him the oldest three-time world champion ever. 

So how about Honolua and Joel for a pair of bookends! Longboarding is for the ages - even at the top.

A special special mention to Harrison Roach who would've won the world title if Joel had've faltered in the semis, and who finished third at this event and runner-up overall for the title. The sole Australian in the men’s, Harrison was every bit as sharp as Tudor all day but he got starved for a second wave in the semi – leaving the genial Brit father-of-four Ben Skinner to give Tudor a good shake in the final.

But that’s really just skimming the surface of an intruiging night (day)  - so now over to the official press release from the WSL to fill in the gaps. I’m off for a good lie down. - JB

HISTORY AT MALIBU

MALIBU, Calif./USA (Tuesday, October 12, 2021)Honolua Blomfield (HAW) and Joel Tudor (USA) claimed respective World Titles at the  Jeep® Malibu Classic presented by Havaianas in iconic fashion as Alice Lemoigne (FRA) earned a brilliant event win alongside Tudor. Malibu, California’s renowned lineup delivered pristine conditions throughout the day as Blomfield and Tudor stood apart from the field to claim their piece of history.

Blomfield Earns History at Malibu 

Blomfield, 22, became the youngest 3x WSL Longboard Champion in history with an impeccable year culminating with her finals performance today where she finished runner-up to Lemoigne. The Oahu, Hawaii, competitor had to overcome Longboard Tour veteran Lindsay Steinriede (USA) in a tight Quarterfinal bout to claim the Title with a solid 7.00 (out of a possible 10) and 13.00 (out of a possible 20) heat total. Blomfield was welcomed to shore by friends and family as they hoisted her up.

“I really didn’t expect this to happen, but I’m so grateful and thankful that it did,” expressed Blomfield. “It feels amazing to be the youngest, three-time World Longboard Champion. I didn’t really do that good in Noosa but I got fifth which is good considering and then I won the Surf Ranch. That’s when I realized I have a real shot at winning this Title.”

The work wasn’t done for Blomfield, however, as she then went on to showcase her calm under pressure and earn an excellent 8.83 over event threat Zoe Grospiron (FRA) after she dropped a 7.67 early in the Semifinals.  Having secured her 3rd WSL Longboard World Title before having to surf the final, Blomfield would have to settle for a runner-up placing at this event as Longboard Tour veteran Lemoigne dominated the final with two excellent wave scores and impeccable wave selection to take her biggest ever career victory.

“I just love surfing and I’m super stoked my dad was here with me, he’s my good luck charm, “ added Blomfield. “It’s really extra special to be standing here with Joel (Tudor). I’ve looked up to him my whole life and I’m just so excited.”

The Oahu, Hawaii, competitor started the 2020 season off with an equal fifth in Noosa, Australia, before waiting over a year and a half to resume her ambitions for a third World Title. After her victory at the Cuervo Surf Ranch Classic, Blomfield entered Malibu No. 1 and maintained her composure throughout the event to emerge World Champion.

The Veteran - mentors and family

Over two decades since capturing his first Longboard World Title, the 45-year-old clinched his third World Title after making his return from hiatus in 2019 - earning him the title of eldest WSL World Title holder. Tudor had to muster his very best to power through a marathon day of world-class competition, matching up against 3x WSL Longboard Champion Taylor Jensen (USA) in Round 3, future World Title contender Kaniela Stewart (HAW) in the Quarterfinals, and a Semifinal clash with Longboard Tour veteran Tony Silvagni (USA) to earn his place at the top. 

“I didn’t really have expectations of winning coming here,” admitted Tudor. “I just wanted to do well and finish. There were all sorts of elements that came to play. My dad hasn’t come here to watch me compete in 27 years, both he and my mom were here so I had an emotional second there. This was for Donald Takayama who mentored my whole existence, I wouldn’t be here where I am today without him.”

An incredible season started with a victory at the Noosa Longboard Classic before competitions were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tudor’s equal fifth at the WSL Surf Ranch kept him at No. 3 heading into Malibu and capped off his immaculate season with one last victory. 

“It’s cool to have your kids watch you,” Tudor added. “The last time I competed here neither Judah nor Tosh were born yet. When you’re a dad you don’t really talk about your accomplishments, especially prior to their existence. So it’s nice they actually got to see that and now I can say I finally beat Kelly (Slater) at something.”

Lemoigne Caps Off Season with Jeep Malibu Classic Victory 

Reunion Island’s Lemoigne couldn’t be stopped on finals day, opening with an amazing 16.00 heat total over event threat Natsumi Taoka (JPN) in the Quarterfinals before taking down former World Title runner-up Chloe Calmon(BRA) by the narrowest of margins during their Semifinal dual. The 25-year-old saved her best for last, garnering an excellent 8.57 for her flawless style and footwork on the nose, to leave Blomfield needing a near-perfect 9.90 as time ran out

“It’s a dream to win here at Malibu, it’s a perfect wave and I love it so much,” said Lemoigne. “It was slow so at the start so I waited for the bomb set waves and they came so I couldn’t be more stoked. I’m so happy to win and to share a Final with Hono (Blomfield) was really special. Congratulations to her and to all the other girls, and thanks to everyone here for supporting me and letting us surf this amazing place.”

Career-Best Finish for Longboard Tour Veteran Skinner

A dream run for Great Britain’s Skinner earned him a career-best runner-up result behind Tudor. The Longboard Tour veteran let his emotions take over following every heat win after learning he re-qualified to remain among the world’s best. Skinner overcame the odds starting with former WSL Longboard Champion Steven Sawyer (ZAF) in Round 3, fellow Tour veteran and Title contender Kai Sallas (HAW) in the Quarterfinals, and a Semifinal bout with the 2021 Title frontrunner Harrison Roach (AUS). 

“What an event,” proclaimed Skinner. “Amazing waves the whole day, little slow in that Final but this man (Joel Tudor), the new champ, it’s just amazing. It was a pleasure to surf with him in that Final. I didn’t do well at the Ranch so I had to perform here and to do it at one of the most iconic waves in the world, it’s unbelievable. I’ve been doing this since I was 15-years-old and to finally make a Final, I’m beyond words."

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RESULTS:

Women's Jeep Malibu Classic pres. Havaianas Final Results:

1 - Alice Lemoigne (FRA) 16.50
2 - Honolua Blomfield (HAW) 12.60

Men's Jeep Malibu Classic pres. Havaianas Final Results:

1 - Joel Tudor (USA) 14.00
2 - Ben Skinner (GBR) 12.97

Women's Jeep Malibu Classic pres. Havaianas Semifinal Results:

SF 1: Alice Lemoigne (FRA) 8.90 DEF. Chloe Calmon (BRA) 8.83
SF 2: Honolua Blomfield (HAW) 16.26 DEF. Zoe Grospiron (FRA) 14.50

Men's Jeep Malibu Classic pres. Havaianas Semifinal Results:

SF 1: Ben Skinner (GBR) 15.84 DEF. Harrison Roach (AUS) 14.33
SF 2: Joel Tudor (USA) 11.67 DEF. Tony Silvagni (USA) 10.27

Women's Jeep Malibu Classic pres. Havaianas Quarterfinal Results:

QF 1: Alice Lemoigne (FRA) 16.00 DEF. Natsumi Taoka (JPN) 12.04
QF 2: Chloe Calmon (BRA) 13.73 DEF. Kirra Seale (HAW) 10.27
QF 3: Honolua Blomfield (HAW) 13.00 DEF. Lindsay Steinriede (USA) 10.60
QF 4: Zoe Grospiron (FRA) 12.50 DEF. Kelia Moniz (HAW) 11.70 

Men's Jeep Malibu Classic pres. Havaianas Quarterfinal Results:

QF 1: Harrison Roach (AUS) 15.20 DEF. Kevin Skvarna (USA) 13.66
QF 2: Ben Skinner (GBR) 12.53 DEF. Kai Sallas (HAW) 7.63
QF 3: Tony Silvagni (USA) 13.66 DEF. Justin Quintal (USA) 11.16
QF 4: Joel Tudor (USA) 15.76 DEF. Kaniela Stewart (HAW) 13.94

Men's Jeep Malibu Classic pres. Havaianas Round 3 Results:

Heat 1: Harrison Roach (USA) 12.00 DEF. Jefson Silva (BRA) 10.40
Heat 2: Kevin Skvarna (USA) 11.53 DEF. Rodrigo Sphaier (BRA) 9.87
Heat 3: Kai Sallas (HAW) 14.53 DEF. Taka Inoue (JPN) 12.00
Heat 4: Ben Skinner (GBR) 14.36 DEF.Steven Sawyer (ZAF) 11.56
Heat 5: Justin Quintal (USA) 9.23 DEF. Augusto Olinto (BRA) 8.13
Heat 6: Tony Silvagni (USA) 11.77 DEF. Lucas Garrido Lecca (PER) 10.83
Heat 7: Joel Tudor (USA) 12.70 DEF. Taylor Jensen (USA) 10.03 
Heat 8: Kaniela Stewart (USA) 15.26 DEF. Cole Robbins (USA) 12.00



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