Phil Rajzman (BRA) won the 2016 Jeep World Longboard Championship In China. The Brazilian longboarder bagged his second World Longboard title after defeating Steven Sawyer (ZAF) in the final at the left hand point break of Riyue Bay. Rajzman previously made history in 2007 when he became the first Brazilian surfing World Champion. Almost a decade later, he won another Longboard title.
The conditions on finals day produced 3-5 foot waves where Rajzman put on a solid and consistent performance. In the final heat, the Brazilian displayed huge commitment to noserides and power turns and scored a total of 17.34 for the heat. Steven Sawyer needed an 8.85 to overtake Rajzman’s lead but failed to find the score he needed after a number of waves. As the buzzer sounded, Rajzman took his second Longboard World Title.
Steven Sawyer had a strategy of waiting patiently for only the best waves that could get him excellent scores, and it often left him chasing his opponent’s lead in the final minutes of the heats. The South African had the same strategy in the final heat and he found long set waves but could not convert them to excellent scores. Finishing in second place is a big leap from Sawyer’s 2015 WLC performance where he finished in the last place.
Other notable performers in the event include two-time World Longboard Champion Taylor Jensen (USA) and Rodrigo Sphaier (BRA). Both had excellent performances but Sawyer and Rajzman both knocked them out in the semifinals. Both surfers finished in equal third place.