World’s best surf PNG

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The first-ever World Surf League (WSL) event in Pa­pua New Guinea has been staged at Tupira in Madang Prov­ince.

The Ku­mul PNG World Long­board Cham­pi­onship in March at­tracted big crowds and has been highly praised by the world’s best long­board surfers.

The men’s win­ner, Tay­lor Jensen from the US, said: “This is crazy, I’ve never ex­pe­ri­enced any­thing like that and to get a win here makes it that much more spe­cial.

“This has been an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence from start to fin­ish. I was a lit­tle wor­ried com­ing here, just be­cause you hear things, but wit­ness­ing it in per­son was just proof you can’t be­lieve ev­ery­thing you hear. The peo­ple here are amaz­ing and this is some­thing I’ll never for­get.”

Brazil’s Chloe Cal­mon won the women’s com­pe­ti­tion, her first-ever WSL vic­tory.

“I’ve al­ways dreamed about win­ning an event, but this is com­pletely dif­fer­ent from any­thing I’ve ever thought it would be like,” Cal­mon said. “Since the first heat I was so amazed by the en­ergy of this place. I’m so thank­ful to be here in this amaz­ing place with these great peo­ple.”

The women’s run­ner up, Crys­tal Walsh from Hawaii, was equally en­thu­si­as­tic. “This wave is so dreamy and per­fect, it was great to have a long­board event here and re­ally show that we can charge. Es­pe­cially the lo­cals -– Ruthy Ku­ru­muk was just go­ing for it on the big days. I’m re­ally ex­cited and just su­per afraid of wak­ing up and this be­ing all a dream.”

Ku­ru­muk was among a num­ber of PNG wildcard surfers who com­peted in the early heats. Oth­ers in­cluded the cur­rent PNG long­board cham­pion, Mar­i­anne Longa, as well as Titima Mange and Akun Alois.

Carv­ing it up ... (clock­wise from this page) Aussie long­boarder Har­vey In­gleby in the Tupira surf; chil­dren with tra­di­tional boards at the open­ing cer­e­mony; the win­ners, Tay­lor Jensen from the US and Chloe Cal­mon from Brazil; France’s Vic­to­ria Ver­gara cuts a fine line; Jensen cel­e­brates his vic­tory.

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