Chloe Calmon (BRA) has taken out the opening event of the 2019 WSL Longboard Tour, the Noosa Longboard Open. After 4 massive days of action surfed at 3 different locations around Noosa, Queensland, she took victory in clean 2-to-3 foot peaks at Castaways Beach.
Chloe is now number one ranked surfers in the world on the revamped WSL Longboard Tour which comprises of four events – Noosa, Queensland, Pantin Spain, New York City and Taitung Taiwan. These events will decide the eventual 2019 WSL World Longboard Champions.
Chloe Calmon (BRA) has finished just short of a world title a number of times in her young career but hopes that in 2019, she can go all the way. The 25-year-old Brazilian longboard prodigy has all the makings of a Champion but not yet the silverware to match it. Today Calmon got her 2019 campaign off to the perfect start with a dominating performance over Honolua Blomfield (HAW) in the Final. Calmon believes that the revamped WSL Longboard Tour with new locations and format could put her in a better position than she’s ever been to take WSL Longboard glory.
“I’m so stoked to win this event but I’m more stoked about the direction Longboarding is going in,”Chloe Calmon
“With the new events and the new format longboarding is in such a good position. There is more opportunity to win the title and even more opportunity for more surfers to compete which is so cool. It’s such an exciting time to be involved. This is such a shock to me I really wasn’t expecting this to unfold like this. Obviously, my aim was to win this event, but I thought if it was going to happen it was going to be at First Point. I have been practising over there on the point and getting my backside dialled in so to win on left-handers at a beach-break is not what I had in mind — but I’ll take it for sure.
2017 WSL World Longboard Champion Honolua Blomfield (HAW) has been a staple at Longboard Tour events since she was in her mid-teens and has achieved so much in such a short time. The Hawaiian native seems as if she was born to ride a surfboard, short or long, and although she came up just short at Noosa, Queensland, Blomfield is sure to be up on the podium for years to come.
“I feel like I fell apart a bit in the final so I’m a little bummed,” Blomfield said. “I glad I made the final and am set up for the next few events but really would have like to win. I’m just glad I’ll have three more events to prove myself which is thanks to the WSL and the revamped Longboard Tour.”
The WSL Longboard Tour Competitors will now set their sights on the Galicia Longboard Pro which will run in Pantin, Spain from August 28 – 31. For more information head to worldsurfleague.com or check the free WSL App.
The WSL Noosa Longboard Open is proudly supported by Tourism and Events Queensland, the Noosa Festival of Surfing, the Noosa Mal Club, WorldSurfaris and Tourism Noosa.
For more information, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com.
Photos: WSL / JACK BARRIPP