DeSoto was playing in home waters, in front of friends and family, but showed a great stamina to win five heat victories in a row.
“This feels insane,” DeSoto said. “I’ve been trying for so many years and I’m 33 and I finally got a title. I started doing these when I was 16. I’m just so incredibly happy to be here and it couldn’t get any better".
Also, Duane has scored the best waves of the entire event. In the semi-final, the Hawaiian defeated his fellow mate Bonga Perkins, the 38-year-old experienced longboarder. But, the island of Hawaii is still mourning the loss of a great friend and surfer.
“I’ve got a lot of emotions running though my head,” Perkins said. “Losing my good friend Andy (Irons) and my Mom, for me to make it this far into the event with these many things in my head, I’m pretty happy. I’m pretty stoked.”
Oxbow ASP World Longboard Championships Final Result:
1 – Duane DeSoto (HAW) 14.97
2 – Antoine Delpero (FRA) 13.53