After four days of top notch competition, the Taiwan Open of Surfing closed last Sunday with three champions from three World Surf League (WSL) and local divisions. In the Qualifying Series (QS) 1,500, Indonesian Oney Anwar took top win; France’s Edouard Delpero came out champ of the Men’s Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) and Hawaiian Honolua Blomfield was crowned champion of the Women’s LQS event.
Oney Anwar was stoked to finish 2016 with his win, the biggest one of his surfing career. Despite rough weather conditions, he said the waves were good, and made a great showing against fellow standout, Australian Cody Robinson with a final score of 15.25.
Men’s LQS winner Edouard Delpero could hardly believe his victory. He said the week had been difficult for him, as he had been sick and not surfing much. It was hard work to recover, but worth it. In the last minutes against Australian Jack Entwistle he found the wave he needed and gave it all he had, coming out on top with a scoring of 17.50.
Honolua Blomfield places her first international win among the best in her career. During the heat she rode six waves to shore, showing off her best moves in the final. She came out of it with a total heat score of 15.75, and hopes for a similarly stellar showing at the upcoming World Championships in China.