Honolua Blomfield of Hawaii won the women’s division at the Australian Longboard Surfing Open, World Surf League Longboard Qualification Series event in Kingscliff today.
Blomfield, the current Women’s World Longboard Champion, went in a head to head heat with former World Champion Tory Gilkerson (USA) for the first time in the final of the Cancer Institute NSW Women’s LQS event today. In the end, the 19-year-old Blomfield came out on top, winning with a 14.10 (out of 20) heat total.
“We’ve actually never gone head-to-head,” Blomfield said in a news release. “Tory is a really amazing surfer, this is our first time in a heat against each other. I have been coming here for three years and this is my first final here and my first win it feels so amazing. I always try to catch the first wave to keep my confidence and I did, then I just got on a roll. Tory wasn’t really catching the good waves and I just kind of found them. But she is an amazing surfer I was really scared coming into this heat because she’s so awesome. I didn’t really have a plan. The waves are so hard out there – anyone could have won I guess I just tried my best.”
Dane Pioli of Australia won the men’s division.