ANGLET, France (Thur., May 3, 2007) – The Oxbow Pro World Longboard Championship, the event which will determine the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) International World Longboard Champion for 2007, is set to start again today at les Cavaliers, Anglet, an area that is known as the cradle of European surfing.
The event has already seen some remarkable performances, both from the established stars of the sport, and from a new generation who have taken the deep surfing heritage that longboarding represents and made it their own.
For example young Australian Bryce Young is set to surf later in the day. The 16-year-old is a surfer with more heritage than most, being the son of legendary surfer and patron of this event Nat Young, as well as brother to two-time world champion Beau Young. He will face fellow Australian and current number three in the world, Harley Ingleby in his Round 3 heat.
Meanwhile Young's good friend, 17-year-old Harrison Roach (AUS) came through the trials, before winning his first round heat in his debut in a world rated event. Both young surfers represent a new era in longboarding and a significant threat to the old world order.
That was reflected when Roach was asked whom he was afraid of in the event.
"Nobody. It's great to be around all these great surfers, but I'm going to just keep doing my own thing," Roach responded confidently.
But the threat of the established guard must never be underestimated. For example defending world champion Josh Constable (AUS) won his heat yesterday in a commanding display.
"I didn't feel any nerves and I surfed strong, so right now, it's all good," said Constable, ominously.
But in a stacked field including former world champions Colin McPhillips (USA), Bonga Perkins (HAW) and Mathew Moir (SAF), plus three-times runner up Alex Salazar (BRA), it is almost impossible to pick a winner.
With an amazing field and prime location, this event has all the hallmarks of being a classic. The Oxbow Pro World Longboard Championship is scheduled to run through to Sunday May 6. For more information go to www.oxboworld.com
Remaining Round 2 Match Ups
Heat 9: Noah Shimabukuro (HAW) vs Dodger Kremel (USA)
Heat 10: Ben Skinner (GBR) vs David Kinoshita (JPN)
Heat 11: Kekoa Uemura (HAW) vs Keegan Edwards (HAW)
Heat 12: Carlos Bahia (BRA) vs Brett Heimstra (USA)
Heat 13: Roger Barros (BRA) vs Dennis Bourg (USA
Heat 14: Tom Lloy (USA) vs Joe Aaron (USA)
Heat 15: Jed Morouse (USA) vs Anri Nabeshima (JPN)
Heat 16: Phil Rajzman (BRA) vs Alex Salazar (BRA)