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Relik returns to Trestles.

October 2-3. Surf Forecast Promises World-Class Waves.

Just in time for the season’s best south swells in Southern California, the world’s top longboard surfers will return to world-famous Lower Trestles in San Clemente for the last stop on the 2019 Relik Longboard Tour where Relik will continue to celebrate both the modern and classic disciplines of longboarding.

With an innovative new format, record total prize purse, expanded women’s division and open video submission qualifier, in which sixteen unseeded contestants from around the world were chosen by global surf fans, Relik’s Lowers event is far more than your average surf contest.

Meet the lineup

The following competitors are listed by division and seed order.

Men's Modern

Men's Modern

1. Taylor Jensen

2. Tony Silvagni

3. Adam Griffiths

4. Piccolo Clemente

5. Harley Ingleby

6. Eduoard Delpero

7. Nelson Ahina III

8. Ben Skinner

9. Jack Entwistle

10. Phil Rajzman

11. Cole Robbins

12. Kai Sallas

13. Jeferson Silva

14. Rodrigo Sphaier

15. Taka Ioue

16. Julian Schweizer

Men's Modern

Men's Classic

1. Jared Mell

2. Thomas Witt

3. Steven Sawyer

4. Tyler Warren

5. Josh Seemann

6. Nathan Strom

7. Nic Brewer

8. Ben Considine

9. Kai Elice-Flint

10. Alek Rockrise

11. Zack Flores

12. Noah Shimabukuro

13. Mike Lay

14. Caio Teixeira

15. Kyle Perez

16. Christian Wach

Seeding was based on combing Relik 2018 tour points and Relik Malibu 2019 points. Ties were broken using Malibu 2019 finish, then WSL 2019 standings. For first time Relik competitors or competitors with no WSL ranking we used entry date.

The following competitors are listed by division and seed order.

1. Alice Lemoigne

2. Soleil Errico

3. Lindsay Steinriede

4. Ashley Ahina

5. Hiroka Yoshikawa

6. Maria Fernanda Reyes

7. Jen Smith

8. Atalanta Batista

9. Crystal Walsh

10. Kat Hughes

11. Natsumi Taoka

12. Sally Cohen

13. Natalia Smith

14. Tully White

15. Roisin Carolan

16. Nava Young

17. Kaitlin Mikkelsen

18. Megan Godinez

19. Mahina Akaka

20. Avalon Gall

21. Ophelie Ah-Kouen

22. Kirra Molnar

23. Jazmine Dean

24. Candra Jordan

6. Maria Fernanda Reyes

Seeding was based on combing Relik 2018 tour points and Relik Malibu 2019 points. Ties were broken using Malibu 2019 finish, then WSL 2019 standings. For first time Relik competitors or competitors with no WSL ranking we used entry date.









Relik Judging Criteria 2019


For its 2019 events Relik is introducing a first-of-its-kind competitive criteria that, rather than simply assigning points to an inventory of separate maneuvers, establishes a standard of performance based on a unified aesthetic that we feel distinguishes longboarding from all other forms of surfing. The surfer whose performance best reflects the criteria will understandably receive the highest scores. The criteria can be broken down into clearly defined categories:


The Three T’S

Timing: The ability to ride the entire wave without running ahead nor falling behind the curl, but with the proper application of turns, stalls and cutbacks moving smoothly in and out of the pocket.

Tempo: Matching the speed of the board to the speed of the wave and carrying that speed throughout a series of integrated maneuvers.

Trim: Maintaining optimum speed throughout the ride, through all sections of the wave, without the hopping or pumping associated with short board surfing.


Footwork

Cross-stepping best facilitates weight shifts up and down the board and when compared to the dreaded shuffle is much more aesthetically pleasing. Our judges will also be looking for how effectively that footwork is applied throughout turns, trimming and especially when the surfer is moving to the nose.


Railwork

Points will be scored for powerful turns—off the bottom, off the top, cutting back—so long as these maneuvers are informed by every other category on this list. This goes for surfers riding any type of nine-plus surfboard, regardless of the number of its fins.


Nosework

Nose rides should always be done in the most critical part of the wave. Meaning in the curl, not out on the shoulder. And Relik events are not nose riding contests: simply accumulating tip time for tip time’s sake doesn’t rate high on our judge’s sheets. A high-scoring nose ride is always integrated into the surfer’s repertoire, just one of a variety of moves that reflect total utilization of the wave.


Economy of Effort

A surfer who appears to be fighting for balance, with arms rigid or flailing, is generally not in the flow of things. On-edge turns are good. High-risk nose rides are good. Rollercoasters over the foam are good. Speed trim from behind sections is good. Figure-eight cutbacks are good. Looking like doing any of these things is hard is bad.

The Excellent Ride

The mark of a master surfer is the ability to dynamically express their expertise from takeoff to kick-out. This is why Relik judges will always score a ride in its entirety, with excellent scores being earned by those surfers who most effectively apply all the performance elements detailed in this criteria, not with one particular maneuver or peak moment, but with a display of exceptional surfing throughout the entire length of the ride.






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