Three-time WSL Longboard Champion Taylor Jensen (USA) enters the Original Sprout Malibu Longboard Championships Presented by Tractor Beverage Co. as the No. 3 ranked man. He will have to overcome the winner of Match 2, No. 2 ranked Kai Sallas (HAW), and No.1 ranked Kaniela Stewart (HAW) if he is to earn a historic fourth World Title.
“There’s a huge advantage [having a higher seed], you’re surfing a lot of heats in one day at Malibu,” said Jensen. “If you’re in that bottom part of the rankings, the Top 3 have a major advantage and obviously being first, you see what Filipe (Toledo) does every year. It’s a huge advantage. I haven’t seen anyone get four World Titles in my career span. Nat (Young) did it in the late 80s when he got his fourth, and it’d be cool to do. It’s just a goal I set, it’s kind of a crazy goal, and I’m just here trying to do it.”
Errico and Jensen will have to contend with the likes of current No. 1s Stewart and Kelis Kaleopa’a (HAW) and a hungry field of competitors, including three-time WSL Longboard Champion Honolua Blomfield (HAW), 2015 WSL Longboard Champion, Rachael Tilly, and Philippines rising star Rogelio Jr Esquievel (PHL).