Earlier this month, the Duct Tape Invitational Festival, a traditional longboard contest, took place at Rockaway Beach in New York. This contest was organized by Joel Tudor and Vans to showcase professional longboarding at its highest level. The Duct Tape is an invitational, so best athletes, along with up-and-comers, are provided a platform to showcase what longboarding has to offer.
New York was the third stop of the Duct Tape tour this year, and the event was held at a super fun beach break on the east coast. On the women’s side, it was almost an all Hawaiian final, with Kirra Seale taking her first-ever Duct Tape win. In second, was Kelis Kaleopa’a, Haley Otto got third, and Brazilian, Chloé Calmon placed fourth. All the women surfed terrifically, and it was so fun to watch! For the men’s contest, Harrison Roach came out victorious, while Orange County’s Kevin Skvarna came in with a close second. Hawaii’s Kani Stewart placed third, and David Arganda was in fourth. This event is one of my favorite contests because it is so fun to see high level surfers competing in a fun, laid back contest.