Following the success of its inaugural professional longboard surfing competition in Malibu last fall, Relik is thrilled to announce dates and locations for its 2018 Modern + Classic Longboard World Tour.
“Our goal for this new tour is simple,” says Connor Guest, Relik’s Tour Director.
“We want to celebrate the art and lifestyle of longboard surfing by gathering its best performers at the world’s most iconic surf breaks. But for us, this tour is so much more than just another typical competitive sporting event. Each Relik tour stop is ultimately about building community around a sub culture of waveriding—and its way of life—that has already inspired many thousands of surfers globally.”
Kicking off the Relik Modern + Classic Longboard World Tour with a return stop to First Point, Malibu, the waiting period will run from June 15 through 25. Stop number two is confirmed for surfing’s premiere performance wave: Lower Trestles. Located in California’s idyllic San Onofre State Park, its waiting period runs from September 9 through 19.
Historically, professional longboard competitions and tours have strictly adhered to a binary approach—focusing on either “Modern” or “Classic” longboard surfing formats. e RelikTM Modern + Classic Longboard World Tour will be the first of its kind to host divisions and prize purses for both styles within the same event. Relik’sTM structure shares similarities to other competitive sports like skiing where there are multi-disciplines and divisions.
The Modern division represents a style of longboard surfing known for its diverse and powerful range of maneuvers that seamlessly blend high-performance attributes with some notables from the past. Modern board designs are lightweight and versatile, allowing them to be ridden on any size or shape of wave.
The Classic approach is more specialized, known for being ideal in under head high
conditions. Classic division riders use heavier board equipment that closely replicates traditional design characteristics of 1960’s era surfing, which lends itself to more stylish and cruisy maneuvers—like noseriding and drop knee turns.
“We are honored and appreciative that Lower’s locals will be sharing their world-class, high performance surf break with our longboard competitors for a few days this summer,” adds Connor on earning one of the three highly coveted annual event permits for Lower Trestles.
“As an organization that gives back to the communities at each event, we are excited that our partnership directly supports San Onofre State Park with much needed funds going toward keeping its facilities and staffing up and running. In addition, we’ll be working between now and then on more ways to involve the community, as well as bringing awareness to the importance of protecting sacred places like Lower Trestles.”
Relik is also opening up 16 wild card slots for this world tour. Its Open Qaulifier video submission period is officially on, and will accept entries for consideration through April 15. Potential competitors that are feeling ready to stack their footwork up against the world’s best can learn more by visiting www.surfrelik.com
“Based on our first event’s beach buzz and overwhelming positive feedback from the competitors and the local community, we felt as though we’re witnessing the birth of a new movement for surfing,” Connor
“We’re excited that our Relik Modern + Classic Longboard World Tour will have the opportunity both inspire and build a sense of community through celebrating all aspects of men’s and women’s longboarding.”
For more info please see www.surfrelik.com or email [email protected] 2018 RELIK MODERN + CLASSIC
LONGBOARD WORLD TOUR
+ Open Qualifier by Video submission March 26 – April 15 + June 15-30, First Point, Malibu, CA
+ September 9-19, Lower Trestles, San Clemente, CA
Relik is a multi-disciplinary studio, where art, design and culture are interwoven into every project. Born from a life lived in coastal communities around the globe, the creative team’s …signature work embodies a unique artistic thread that harmoniously blends “modern” and “classic” sensibilities.