WANNING, Hainan Island/China (Thursday, November 29, 2012) – Taylor Jensen (USA) has taken out the 2012 CITIC PACIFIC ShenZhou Peninsula Pro hosted by Wanning, and by doing so has claimed his second consecutive ASP World Longboard Title. Jensen Defeated Hawaiian Ned Snow (HAW) in the Final, in crisp and clean 2 – 3 foot (1 -1.5 meter) surf at Riyuewan, Hainan Island, China today.
Jensen, who battled illness early in the event was back to his devastating best today, peaking in the Final where he amassed an impressive 17.65 (out of a possible 20), to Snow’s 9.75. Today Jensen’s surfing was critical as he rode the nose and attacked the lip with a fine balance of finesse and power.
“I didn’t know how bad my sickness was going to be,” Jensen said. “But it knocked me flat for 48 hours. It was touch and go as to wether I was up to surfing, my first heat was sketchy. It all came together, I got better everyday as the contest went on. You hear guys like Kelly Slater talk about building momentum through contests, and how the guy with the highest heat total usually loses in the next round. So I knew that getting through heats wasn’t a bad thing, I felt like I hadn’t surfed my best yet and that there was still something left in the tank.”
Jenson won last year’s ASP World Longboard Title at an event in Italy after a two event tour, he finished second at both tour stops and amassed enough rating’s points to claim the crown. This year however was a one event championship, the winner of the 2012 CITIC PACIFIC ShenZhou Peninsula Pro would claim the ASP World Longboard Title, and it was Jensen who prevailed over a field of 34 of the world’s best longboarders.
“It doesn’t seem real yet,” Jensen said. “My win in Italy just set in last week. It was always a goal to get more than one ASP World Longboard Title to solidify the first one, but to go back-to-back and now have two is amazing. I’m speechless. I haven’t even realised it happened yet.”
Snow’s casual and charismatic style saw him surf all the way to a runner-up finish at this year’s CITIC PACIFIC ShenZhou Peninsula Pro. Snow put on an epic show in the Semifinals, clocking a near perfect 9.00 (out of a possible 10) single wave score for putting his toes over the nose and executing some powerful turns. Snow was one of three Hawaiian surfers to make it into the Semifinals, with both Kai Sallas (HAW) and Nelson III Ahina (HAW) finishing equal 3rd place.
“It’s good to be back on the podium,” Snow said. “At the same time I’m bummed, you feel like the first loser. Other than that I’m super stoked to be here in China. I’m really happy to have an event, for a while there we thought we wouldn’t have one. In the Semifinals we had a lot of waves and I got to showcase how I like to surf. Then coming up against a fellow Hawaiian Kai Sallas is kind of a bummer, but at the end of the day everyone wants to win so I had to give it my all.”
Edouard Delpero (FRA) finished equal 5th place alongside Harley Ingleby (AUS), Cole Robbins (USA) and Tony Silvagni (USA). Delpero was the last European standing and while he would have loved to have gone on further he was happy to be ranked 5th in the world.
“I feel great,” Delpero said. “Hopefully we have some more ASP WLT events next year, but I’m happy with coming 5th at this one. I’d like to make some more heats next time, but I fell on a wave I shouldn’t have, but that’s competition and that’s why we are all here.”
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CITI PACIFIC SHENZHOU PENINSULA PRO FINAL RESULT:
1 – Taylor Jensen (USA) 17.65 def. 2 – Ned Snow (HAW) 9.75
CITI PACIFIC SHENZHOU PENINSULA PRO SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Taylor Jensen (USA) 13.00 def. Nelson III Ahina (HAW) 12.10
SF 2: Ned Snow (HAW) 16.67 def. Kai Sallas (HAW) 13.10
CITI PACIFIC SHENZHOU PENINSULA PRO QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1: Nelson III Ahina (HAW) 13.50 def. Harley Ingleby (AUS) 7.90
QF 2: Taylor Jensen (USA) 15.50 def. Cole Robbins (USA) 13.00
QF 3: Kai Sallas (HAW) 14.60 def. Edouard Delpero (FRA) 11.25
QF 4: Ned Snow (HAW) 13.40 def. Tony Silvagni (USA) 12.15