Tory Gilkerson (USA) dominated the finals of the Women’s Jeep World Longboard Championship held at the left point break of Riyue Bay in Hainan, China. Gilkerson faced off with Chloe Calmon (BRA) in a tightly contested heat, where she bagged her very first Longboard World Title.
Gilkerson has silently worked her way up to the finals where she took out some of the biggest names in longboarding along the way. She had a smooth flowing style, which the judges have rewarded throughout the event. The Californian had some of the highest single wave scores and heat total scores in the entire contest.
In previous events, Gilkerson failed to make it past the Quarterfinals at the World Longboarding Championship. Making it to the finals is already a huge and memorable achievement for her regardless of the result of the Final. But she remained focused and continued her solid approach and performed critical noserides and posted a heat total of 15.93 in final.
Chloe Calmon, on the other hand, was unable to find the score she needed to overtake Gilkerson and therefore finished up in second place. This win means that the title remains in California. Last year, 18-year-old Rachael Tilly won her own first World Title.
After finishing 3rd place in a number of WLCs, Chloe Calmon, for the first time made it past the semifinals. She fell short of her dream of winning the title when she posted her lowest heat total of the entire contest in the final heat. Calmon held the highest average heat total for the entire event. It was unfortunate that she was not able to maintain it in the finals. Calmon now has her eyes set to the 2017 tour and is looking to prepare for a better performance.
Here are the final rankings for the 2016 Women’s Longboard Championship: