The first final in the water was the women’s longboard, and it came down to the wire with late scores coming in well after the horn sounded the end of the heat. Honolua Blomfield (HAW) was in the lead the whole time, but French waterwoman Justine Dupont didn’t need much to overtake the Hawaiian and take the win.
Dupont got a last wave, a good left into the channel near the North break wall and cruised through a couple of nose ride sections. She needed a pretty small score and got it, but in the meantime, Blomfield posted a higher back-up and walked away with the win.[caption id="attachment_9463" align="alignnone" width="640"] Honolua Blomfield (HAW) .Longboard Caparica Primavera Surf Fest 2018[/caption] [caption id="attachment_9464" align="alignnone" width="640"] Honolua Blomfield (HAW) .Longboard Caparica Primavera Surf Fest 2018[/caption] [caption id="attachment_9466" align="alignnone" width="640"] Anat Lelior (ISR), Antoine Delpero (FRA), Honolua Blomfield (HAW), Imanol Yeregi (EUK), Justine Dupont (FRA), Marco Mignot (FRA)Caparica Primavera Surf Fest 2018[/caption]
“In these events, you go against the girls that are on the world tour so it’s really good practice,” Blomfield said. “I came to England with my boyfriend who’s from there and realized there was a contest on. Ben Skinner gave me a board to use while I was in England and I just decided to come here last minute. My first heat was my first surf here and I’m glad it all worked out.”
The reigning World Champion kept her wining streak alive and well, Dupont took a
second place, Chloe Calmon (BRA) in third and Alice Lemoigne (REU) in fourth.