Based on input from Relik’s board and community, including 1966 World Champion Nat Young, renowned stylist CJ Nelson and three-time Longboard World Champion Colin McPhillips, a criteria has been established encouraging pushing the boundaries of dynamic performance without sacrificing the inherent grace, style and beauty that distinguishes longboarding from all other forms of surfing.
For this reason, Relik is bringing back separate divisions for modern and classic board designs, we will apply this new criteria equally to both disciplines, fostering a unified aesthetic that highlights the very best of each approach.
In addition, there will be man-on-man match-ups in modern and classic divisions, and overlapping 40 minute heats in both men and women’s divisions, assuring non-stop action throughout the prime swell window. Unlike Relik at Malibu, the men's division will be split into modern and classic, with 32 competitors, 16 per division. Women's will not be split but will have 24 competitors.
Born and raised in Hawaii, David Kanoa Shipley grew up in a legendary surfing family. His father Jack Shipley was the founder and partner with Gerry Lopez in creating Lightning Bolt surfboards. Jack held the position of Head Judge in Hawaii for over 40 years and has inspired Davey’s life work in the sport of surfing.. Davey has been head judging for the last 20 years on the ASP/WSL world championship tour, taking part in the crowning of over 60 World Champions. He has had the honor of head judging 3 Eddie Aikau events at Waimea Bay and judged at Mavericks and Peahi, Jaws on Maui for the Big Wave Tour. Currently he works judging the sport of kings with The Relik Longboard World Tour, Surfing USA Championships, ISA, NSSA and various other organizations.
Mike is an accomplished longboard surfer and innovator who has moved into judging around the world. From the MexiLogFest to the Duct Tape, Mike brings a unique perspective on traditional longboard surfing and is uniquely suited to his role of consistent application of the Relik competition criteria to the classic division of the Men’s side of the draw.
Surf judge for 37 years. Kurt has judged professional longboarding in Portugal, Spain, France, Brazil, South Africa, China, Costa Rica, Mexico, and East and West coasts of the US. Just returned from judging the WSL longboard event in New York.
Phil’s judging background spans 20 years for both amateur and pro events. He’s been judging longboard events for the past 12 years, including on the PLA tour, and Coalition of Longboard Club events up and down the coast. A former Huntington Beach Longboard Club competitor, Phil has the experience both in and out of the water that makes a great judge.
An experienced longboard surfing judge who just returned from sitting on the panel at the WSL’s Longboard event in NY, Pat has the experience and credentials that Relik looks for in its judges. Pat hails from a long line of surf competition judges having been raised by the iconic Midget Smith who served as a World Tour judge for decades, and his mom Mary Lou Drummy who ushered in women’s competitive surfing and continues to serve as the executive director at the WSA.
Ícaro was a professional surfer from 1982 to 2000 and began judging for the ABRASP (Brazilian Surfing Professional Association) in 2000. He judged for the ASP/WSL full-time until 2014 as an international judge and head judge around the world for WCT, WQS Pro Junior and Longboard events. Today he judges part-time for the WSL as a priority judge for both WCT and WQS events around the world.