Longboard Competition – Duct Tape Invitational
There’s one longboard competition where everybody’s a winner. The Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational. A longboard competition for traditional single fin logs only. Also, no leash plugs allowed. A gentleman’s game even with extra prize money for the best shared wave. Check out this highlight final’s day video of the most recent edition in Huntington Beach.
Longboard competition History
This year’s invitational marks the 13th event in the international Duct Tape contest series. This longboard competition provides an unique festival atmosphere with today’s most progressive longboard icons. The series reinforces a global platform for traditional longboarding and has been so since 2010. The Duct Tape Invitational was started by the vision of Joel Tudor. As a two-time world longboarding champion, Joel Tudor wanted to create an innovative series with progression, craftsmanship, and tradition, both in and out of the water.
Joel Tudor is probably one of the most iconic longboarders of our time and age. But did you know he’s also a good skateboarder, and has a black belt in Jiu Jitsu? At the age of 14 Joel became a professional surfer only to win his first ASP event at the age of 15. Although, he surfed shortboards, it was his longboarding skills that brought him worldwide fame. The true master of the U.S. Open of longboarding (with a record of 8 wins) grabbed his second ASP world championship in 2004.
Bonus – The Ductumentary
A short documentary with perhaps Joel’s greatest contribution to surfing. Together with surfers like Alex Knost, Tyler Warren, Ryan Burch, Jared Mell, Joel brings us ‘The Ductumentary’.