Clemente and Tilly are the 2015 WSL Longboard champions

December 9, 2015 | Surfing
Piccolo Clemente: hanging five in Wanning | Photo: WSL

Piccolo Clemente and Rachael Tilly have been crowned the 2015 World Surf League (WSL) Longboard champions, in Wanning, Hainan, China.

The 33-year-old Peruvian surfer from Huanchaco won his second World Longboard Championship in the long three-to-four-foot waves of Riyue Bay. Clemente beat Californian star Taylor Jensen in the final.

"I feel incredible. After getting knocked out early in the competition last year I was frustrated, so I have been working so hard all year for this event, and the result shows. The waves were incredible all day which was perfect," expressed Piccolo Clemente.

"Taylor and I met in an event in Japan earlier this year and he beat me so to get one back on him is great. Taylor is an incredible competitor I have a lot of respect for him, so I’m really happy to win against him here in China."

Rachael Tilly: world longboard champion at 17 | Photo: WSL

On the Women's final, Rachael Tilly defeated Crystal Dzigas. The American longboarder, 16, is the youngest female rider ever to win a world title.

"I am over the moon right now. Ever since I was six, it's been a goal of mine to be the youngest world champion, and now I've done it. I can't believe it's even real. I have been to the contest twice before and not made many heats, but after winning the North American title I had more confidence this year and I guess it paid off," added Tilly.

"Crystal has been surfing so well this whole event so I knew it would be no easy task. I've been working on my boards and training with my dad as my coach and have been really focused on improving my surfing over this year, so I'm so glad it's all paid off."

2015 Jeep World Longboard Championship | Finals

1. Piccolo Clemente (PER), 18.30
2. Taylor Jensen (USA), 17.70

1. Rachael Tilly (USA), 17.20
2. Crystal Dzigas (HAW), 14.57