|Pictured: One of Australia’s top longboard talents Roach making his claim for a 2020/21′ World Title bid. Credit: WSL/ Ellis
Australian talent Roach made a big statement with this runner-up finish and 8,000 points to his name heading in to the final event of the season ranked No. 2. Roach’s jaw-dropping, near-perfect 9.33 put him into the Top 4 with ease just behind Quintal and started his Final with a solid 7.50 on the left to start – but couldn’t find the 8.50 he needed as the last left ran away from him.
“I’m so happy to make it this far and be in those top sort of point ranges,” said Roach. “It’s important in these big events if you want to win a World Title and I certainly want to do that. I would’ve loved to win but I guess I peaked a bit early. Malibu’s a dream wave. Another perfect, long right and it’s great to go into the event with a lot of momentum. All things to be happy about.”
Great finishes from Lemoigne, Gall, Quintal, and Sallas garnered them equal third finishes after powering through a massive day of competition.
Now, these competitors prepare for the conclusion to their 2020/21’ season at the Jeep Malibu Classic presented by Havainas beginning October 3 – 13.
Cuervo Surf Ranch Classic Final Women’s Results:
1. Honolua Blomfield (HAW) 18.50
2. Soleil Errico (USA) 16.47
3. Alice Lemoigne (FRA) 13.10
4. Avalon Gall (USA) 12.34
Cuervo Surf Ranch Classic Final Men’s Results:
1. Edouard Delpero (FRA) 16.00
2. Harrison Roach (AUS) 14.30
3. Kai Sallas (HAW) 10.76
4. Justin Quintal (USA) 8.67