Past years have proven difficult for North American longboarders to find their way among the elite list of world's best on the Longboard Championship Tour (LCT) competing at World Longboard Championship events and vie for a World Title.
With this year's Miss & Mr Malibu Pro now added to the schedule that will take place November 3 through 5 at First Point, Surfrider Beach, Malibu, California, hopes for a new addition to both tours are in place. A few key points of interest are still being overlooked by the Commissioner's office, but one thing is certain -- the winners at First Point will be guaranteed a spot onto the 2018 LCT for a chance at becoming World Champion.
The 2017 LCT consisted of only those who previously qualified and stayed among the Top 16 through their ranking. 2015 offered a regional qualifier at Huntington Beach, won by Rachael Tilly, who qualified for the WLC event in China and earned her first-ever World Title just two months later, and two-time World Champ Taylor Jensen. But, after last year's absence, new opportunity has arisen for longboarders to seize a spot on the 2018 LCT.
Here's a quick rundown of information surrounding this all-important event and what the LT encompasses:
Longboard Tours General Information
This was the first year WSL has run two longboard championship events with the first LCT event being held in Papua New Guinea earlier this year -- won by Taylor Jensen and Chloe Calmon. The second will be held in November in Taiwan.
WSL North America women longboarders that qualified for these events are: 2016 World Champion Tory Gilkerson, 2015 World Champion Rachael Tilly, 2011 World Champion Lindsay Steinriede, and Kaitlin Maguire.
2018 LCT Formats
Eighteen women will make up the 2018 Women's LCT with the Top 8 re-qualifying and there will be a possibility of 24 (TBA by Commissioner's Office) men on the LCT next year with the Top 12 to 16 (also TBA) re-qualifying.
Women looking to qualify for the LCT each year must win their region, or, if the regional winner is already qualified, the next person in line to do so will qualify as only one from each region will earn a spot. One to two men (TBA) from each region will find their way alongside the elite ranks once the final decision is made from the Commissioner's Office on the final formats for next year's, and following years to come.
The Miss and Mr. Malibu Pro will run November 3 through 5 at First Point, Surfrider Beach, Malibu California.