The GoPro World Longboard Championships, China hosted by Wanning (WLC) saw a number of the world's top Longboarders sent packing from China today as the first elimination round of this year's event hit the water. 12 heats of Round 2 of the men's event and four heats of the women's were run in super clean long peeling performance waves in the 3 foot range.
This events sees the world's elite longboarders battle in a do-or-die one-off event to decide the 2014 ASP World Longboard Champion. A Round 2 loss results in an equal 25th place finish resulting in fiery match-ups to decide who would advance into Round 3.
Rodrigo Sphaier (BRA) made amends for yesterday's Round 1 lack lustre performance which saw the favoured No. 2 seed into today's Round 2 where he defeated his Chinese opponent Wei Huang on a scoreline which included two near-perfect rides â€” 9.90 and 9.25 â€” the highest scoring ride and two wave heat tally of the event so far (19.15).
â€œI changed my boards today and I surfed way better so I'm feeling really good now,â€ Sphaier said. â€œI love this wave so I'm looking forward to Round 3. To score 9 point plus rides always makes you feel confident. I came second here last year and I want to win this year.â€
Harley Ingleby also rebounded today comfortably defeating Maui Zack Meyers (HAW). Ingleby used critical nose rides followed by searing wrapping turns to easily advance into Round 3 where he'll face off against fellow Australian Nic Jones.
â€œI needed a good heat and I'm relieved to get through that one,â€ said Ingleby. â€œThe surf was really fun today and should really pick up in the coming days and I'm super keen to surf here if it gets bigger.â€
Two-time ASP World Longboard Champion Taylor Jensen (USA) also joined the 9-point-ride brigade with some stylish long hang-ten nose rides in his convincing win over Australia's Jack Entwistle.
â€œI'm actually struggling to come to grips with the new judging criteria and I'm trying to work out how to score big - that's key to chasing the win here,â€ said Jensen. â€œThe surf is really firing today and I just need to build on this and hopefully I can get on a roll.â€
The GoPro World Longboard Championships China, hosted by Wanning will run from Dec 5 - 12. News, live scores, results, images and video highlights available via - http://www.aspworldtour.com/events/2014/mlt/1028/gopro-world-longboard-championship-china-presented-by-wanning