Harrison Roach rides in style at the Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational

October 9, 2012 | Surfing
Harrison Roach: sitting for victory lap

Harrison Roach has claimed the 6th edition of the Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational, at the legendary surf spot La Côte des Basques, in Biarritz, France.

The 16 of the world's best longboarders were invited by Joel Tudor to showcase their uniquely progressive surf style for a prize purse of $10,000.

The goal is to ride single fin leashless boards with impeccable style and moves to inspire the next generation. The two-time world longboard champion has been visiting Côte des Basques, since he first surfed this place with Nat Young, 20 years ago.

Alex Knost (California), James Parry (UK), Tyler Warren (California) and Harrison Roach (Australia) opened the finals, which concluded as high tide waves were breaking on the rocks.

Harrison Roach paid the price when his board was smashed. Joel Tudor swiftly brought him a new board so he could finish the finals.

The level was high and the judges calculated their score on several criteria including technique, style and the choice of waves. Roach won the French edition with all the respect of his fellow surfers for his clean and technical surfing on long right waves.

1. Harrison Roach
2. Alex Knost
3. Tyler Warren
4. James Parry