Bonga Perkins wins World Longboard Tour
The ASP World Longboard Tour crowned Bonga Perkins (HAW), 36, the 2008 ASP World Longboard Champion at the World Longboard Tour event at San Onofre State Beach over fellow finalist Antoine Delpero (FRA), 23.
Perkins proved to be unstoppable throughout the event’s entirety and defeated Delpero 16.95 to 13.90 in the Final. The 2008 ASP World Longboard Title came down to the wire, with both surfers having to win the event in order to earn longboarding’s top honors, but it was Perkins who jumped out to an early lead in the Final, holding his lead throughout the heat.
“I’ve been bridesmaids and thirds and fourths so many times now and I was hoping that my second title would come soon before I bow out,” Perkins said. “I can’t event speak, I’m blown away right now.”
Perkins, who entered the World Longboard Tour event rated third, issued powerful rail-to-rail surfing throughout the contest, consistently compiling some of the highest heat totals. The Hawaiian did the same in the Final, netting two eight-point rides in the opening minutes of his heat.
“I’ve been doing it almost every heat, trying to sneak a couple in and get a couple under my belt, and they ended up being my stronger waves every heat,” Perkins said. “That 30 minute heat felt like a long time. I felt like I was holding my breath.”
Despite his amazing performance throughout the contest, Delpero was unable to put a stop to the polished Hawaiian veteran. Delpero’s second place finish at San Onofre State Beach also puts him at No. 2 in the world behind Perkins.
“I just could not find a wave in that heat,” Delpero said. “I would have liked to win, but that’s life, that’s competition.”
Delpero proved why he was rated ASP WLT No. 2 entering the contest, as he was a force to be reckoned with from Round 1. The young Frenchman combined style and grace in all of his heats with massive sweeping cutbacks and long noserides.
“I feel good,” said Delpero after his Quarterfinals heat victory. “I’m happy with the way that I surfed in that heat. I feel like that was the first time that I have surfed to my potential in this entire event.”
Ned Snow (HAW), 23, who finished equal third at the World Longboard Tour, was on fire throughout the contest and was responsible for posting the only perfect 10 point score. Snow defeated the ASP WLT ratings leader entering the Oxbow World Longboard Tour event, Harley Ingleby (AUS), 25, and 2006 ASP World Longboard Champion Josh Constable (AUS) on the way to his Semifinals berth.
“I really want to help bring the title back to Hawaii,” Snow said. “That’s where surfing started and I feel like for many years it has been overlooked. With Bonga (Perkins) still going and myself, I wanted to help him bring the title back to Hawaii.”
The ASP World Longboard Tour (WLT) will see Round 2 of the Oxbow World Longboard Tour hit the water at 8am at San Onofre State Beach today in peaky two foot (1 metre) conditions.
Today’s action saw local event trialists such as Steve Newton and Joe Aaron eliminate some of the ASP WLT’s top performers in Round 2, while fellow San Onofre State Beach local Tom Lloy compiled the highest heat total of the day.
The ASP World Longboard Tour is expecting to complete Round 3 of the World Longboard Tour in one-to-three foot (1 metre) surf at San Onofre State Beach.