|“This is a major step for the WSL to grow its professional longboard surfing platform, which it has decades of history with in crowning the sport’s world champions since 1986,” said Howard. “The additions of events in Noosa, Galicia and New York will now bring an exciting title race for this traditional discipline of waveriding to four distinctly different regions that are all well-suited for the world’s most stylish longboarders to display their impeccable footwork.”
Howard, the distinguished surfer from San Diego, CA, gained notoriety in the ’90s and early ’00s for his appearances in seminal surf films that captured the art of longboarding during that period, including Thomas Campbell’s The Seedling, Sprout and The Present, as well as Jason Baffa’s Singlefin: Yellow and One California Day. These films helped expand the reach of longboarding to a worldwide audience and influenced the surfboard industry an entire generation of surfers who came after.
Former editor of Longboard Magazine and a contributor to The Surfer’s Journal, Howard was also a WSL ranked competitor in the ’90s and early ’00s, representing the US Team at the annual Oxbow World Longboard Championship, before taking a long hiatus to pursue a marketing career. With a brief return to competition a decade later, at age 40, Howard promptly won the prestigious Deus 9ft & Single event in Bali then bowed out again to run his marketing and branding agency that services a number of iconic brands.
“We are delighted to welcome Devon Howard as our new Longboard Tour Director and know he is integral in building and growing our longboard platform with the broader organization of the WSL,” said Sophie Goldschmidt, WSL CEO. “The Longboard Tour is an exciting expansion our existing longboard events and Longboard World Championship as we look to further develop this very important aspect of surfing. We would like to thank Tourism and Events Queensland, Discover Long Island and the New York State Division of Tourism and I LOVE NY for their support to help bring this tour together.”