Californians Taylor Jensen (Oceanside, CA), 26, and Lindsay Steinriede (Dana Point, CA), 24, won the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) 1-Star WLA Pro presented by Kicker over an impressive list of global talent at South Huntington Beach Pier in peaky two-to-four foot (1 metre) surf.
Surfers compete on the ASP LQS in hopes to finish within the top of their regional ratings to eventually qualify for the ASP World Longboard Tour (WLT).
Jensen, who is a two-time ASP North America Longboarding Champion and perennial standout on the ASP WLT, added another victory to his plethora of wins at Huntington Beach when he claimed the WLA Pro over fellow finalist Ned Snow (Wailua, HI), 25, after ousting former ASP World Longboard Champions Bonga Perkins (HAW), Josh Constable (Noosa, AUS) and ASP North America Longboard ratings leader Kai Sallas (Waikiki, HI), 28.
“I’m stoked, I’m not sure how many contests I’ve won here at Huntington now,” Jensen said. “This is definitely the place that I’ve won the most events. I think that when I know I’ll be competing in Huntington, I enter the contest with extra confidence. It just reminds me of surfing at home in Oceanside.”
Jensen has adapted a more relaxed approach to competition and feels that his calm demeanor continues to assist in his success.
“I always feel like I surf better when I’m not putting pressure on myself,” Jensen said. “I really just enjoy coming up to the events to see everyone and have fun and when I keep that in mind I seem to do better in events.”
Steinriede marched through an impressive field of international talent including fellow Californian Kaitlin Maguire (Ventura, CA), 22, and Kelly Nicely (Oceanside, CA), 31, before topping Leah Dawson (Oahu, HI), 23, in their Final matchup.
“I’m pumped right now,” Steinriede said. “There were so many good surfers in this event from Hawaii and Nava (Young) from Australia, so I’m really happy to have won with all of the talent in this event.”
The talented regular-footer relied on her selective wave strategy as an accomplice and her patience paid dividends.
“Today’s conditions were some of the best that we’ve had,” Steinriede said. “I just decided when I paddled out that I wasn’t going to worry about the scores too much and just focused on picking the best waves and surfing them the best that I could.”
SOURCE: ASP North America