Local tandem surfing team wins another title at Huntington Beach

The team of Kalani Vierra and Blanche Yoshida won the Tandem Surfing division of the Guy Takayama Longboard ProAm in Huntington Beach, Calif., on Sunday.

This is their second win in the World Tandem Tour competition and the fourth competition of the tour.

Vierra and Yoshida also won the competition on Maui and took second in the meet in Australia, earlier this year.

They are currently ranked No. 1 in the world despite only having been doing tandem for six months.

“We were competing against people, some of whom have been doing this for 20 years,” said Yoshida. “I am kind of still in a state of shock. I feel like it’s a real accomplishment. We practiced a lot and we went out and nailed our moves and pulled it off.”

There were 15 teams in the tandem division.

The final stop of the world tour is in September in Spain.

“It is our hope that we go to Spain; if we can pull off the finances,” Yoshida said. “If we don’t go, we’ll be handing (the world title), on a silver platter, to the French team. The French team is probably very deserving of the title, but we don’t just want to hand it to them. We want to make them work for it.”

The pair have been invited to the Biarritz Surf Festival in July and will surf in the Duke Ocean Fest Tandem event in Auugust.


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