What: Oxbow Pro WLT, ASP World Longboard Tour Event #1
Where: Les Cavaliers Anglet France
When: 5 - 11 May 2008
Orange presents the first event of the Oxbow World Longboard Tour from May 5-11th, 2008. The first event of two on the 2008 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Longboard Tour (WLT) will run in Anglet, France.
Featuring the world's Top 45 longboarders plus three wildcards, the Oxbow WLT will be held at the beachbreak of Les Cavaliers, on the South West coast of France for the second year in a row. Reigning ASP World Longboard and defending Oxbow WLT champion Phil Razjman (BRA) will be among the surfers in attendance.
Rajzman, who clinched his maiden ASP World Longboard Title in 2007, must defend his crown from former ASP World Longboard Champions Bonga Perkins (HAW), Colin McPhilips (USA), Joel Tudor (USA), Josh Constable (AUS) and rising French longboard star Antoine Delperro (FRA).
Delperro, 20, who is originally from the French Mediterranean coast but now resides in Anglet, will be Europe’s favorite in the 2008 Oxbow WLT. Used to the hollow beachbreak of Les Cavaliers, Delperro aims at winning his first ASP World Longboard Tour event this year.
"The waves at Les Cavaliers offer great potential for longboarding when it gets good," Delperro said. "To have the opportunity to surf against the world's best surfers including legends like Bonga (Perkins) is great and the way things have been going so far for professional longboarding is really promising."
"I want to win the event," Delperro continued. "The surfer I fear most is myself, as I need to improve mentally when it comes to tight heats. Surfing at home brings both great motivation as well as pressure because you always want to do well in front of your family, friends, sponsors and supporting crowd."
Also attending the Oxbow WLT will be longtime leading longboarders Duane De Soto (HAW), Carlos Bahia (BRA), Eduardo Bagé (BRA), Jackson Close (AUS), Taylor Jensen (USA), Jonathan Larcher (FRA), Mathew Moir (ZAF) and 2007 ASP European Longboard Champion Michel Demont (PYF).
The 2008 ASP World Longboard Champion will be decided over two events:
Orange presents Oxbow WLT, Les Cavaliers, Anglet - France - May 5-11, 2008
Oxbow WLT, Churches, Trestles - USA - October 5-11, 2008
2007 ASP World Longboard Tour Top 8
1. Phil Rajzman (BRA)
2. Danilo Rodrigo (BRA)
3. Carlos Bahia (BRA)
3. Bonga Perkins (HAW)
5. Jackson Close (AUS)
5. Antoine Delperro (FRA)
5. Keegan Edwards (HAW)
5. Harley Ingleby (AUS)