Ben Skinner crowned King of the Longboard an ASP Europe sanctioned specialty event defeating a strong international field of riders in long peeling 2ft waves in front of an enthusiastic crowd. Skinner finished the event with a total event score of 32.35 out of 40 to demonstrate his dominance of both performance and classic longboarding.
A newly designed format by Cantabrian Surfing Federation Technical Director, Pedro Gutierrez, saw a combination of both performance and classic longboard styles displayed over two days with a total of 4 waves tallied to crown the overall winner.
Skinner lead the race coming into the final day of competition which saw unfold classic longboarding at its finest. A full array of manoeuvres were laid down on the clean walls of Somo including hang-tens, drop-knee turns and some amazing foot work to impress both judges and spectators.
With a handful of strong scoring rides Skinner finished off with an 8-point plus ride to seal the deal and become the inaugural King of the Longboard.
“I’m pretty stoked!!! It is such a nice thing to be able to surf both disciplines of our sport,” began Skinner. “I think it is really important we embrace both and this is a perfect example of that and it was just brilliant. I loved it. Thanks everyone involved and thanks Somo and the ASP.”
King of the Longboard Overall Results
1st Ben Skinner (GBR) 32.35 points
2nd Aurelien Meynieux (REU) 22.65 points
3rd Alberto Fernandez (ESP) 21.6 points