Chelsea Williams wins maiden ASP Women's World Longboard title

December 9, 2014 | Surfing
Chelsea Williams: maiden ASP Women's World Longboard title | Photo: ASP/Will H-S

Chelsea Williams is the 2014 ASP Women's World Longboard champion. The Australia wave rider defeated Kelia Moniz in the decisive heat held in Wanning, Hainan Island, China.

After finishing runner-up four times, Williams is finally celebrating a world title. The Gold Coast surfer showed her outstanding nose riding skills and mixed it with rail carves in the last five minutes of the final.

"Did that just happen? I can't believe it! I've wanted to win a World Longboard Title since I found out it existed. For a long time people have been telling me I deserve to win, now I finally believe them," expressed Chelsea Williams.

"I'm so happy and thankful for the support of my family, friends and sponsors. It was an awesome final, Kelia is so good; we have a fun rivalry going, and I'm glad that I got her back."

Moniz, a two-time ASP World Longboard champion, lost the final to Williams by a mere 0.02 points, but she was gracious in defeat.

"If it wasn't me winning there's no one I'd rather see win than Chelsea. She's a great surfer; she scored a 9 in the final and deserved to win. I'm not too disappointed; it would have been nice to win again - Chelsea and I can just meet in the final again next year," concluded Kelia.

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