The 2019 Men's Longboard World Champion will be crowed at the Taiwan Open World Longboard Champs. Expect fancy footwork and classic lines at Jinzun Harbor.
This is the fourth stop on the Longboard Tour after introduction in 2019 of events in Noosa, Australia, Galicia in Spain and New York City. World Number One Floridian Justin Quintal has two wins to his name, but there is still a decent spread on the leaderboard after a mix of surfers secured results, which should set the scene for a dramatic final event.
- Justin Quintal needs a second to clinch it;
- But if he loses first round then twelve others can win the title.
- If Justin gets a 5th then only 2nd and 3rd can beat him.
Hot on Quintal's heals is Hawaii's Kaniela Stewart, who cruised to victory at the Longboard Classic New York and earned some glowing props from legend Joel Tudor along the way, after out-surfing the OG in a memorable heat.
Reining World Champion Steven Sawyer will be looking for another big result in Taiwan, though. And as the reining Taiwan Open champion to boot, no one will be counting the smooth South African out of the race. On 8,000 points thanks to a second place in Noosa and a third in New York, Sawyer still has a good chance of securing a second World Title.
A lot of eyes will be on legend of the sport Kai Sallas. After more than 15 years at the highest level of competition, his maiden title continues to allude him. After placing runner up to Sawyer in Taiwan last year, and currently right behind on the leaderboard, expect Sallas to come in with this unfinished business on his mind. Sallas is an icon of modern longboarding, and a World Title fairytale would be the cherry on top of an already storied career.
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