Luiz Diniz and Izzi Gomez take victory at stop #2 of the APP World Tour Surfing in Long Beach, NY

Izzi Gomez & Luiz Diniz Rise to the Top at the New York SUP Open, stop #2 of the 2019 APP World Tour

Long Beach, New York: Wednesday 4th September: 

On a beautiful finals day here in Long Beach, New York, the action did not disappoint, as the World's best on the APP World Tour stepped up to battle it out for the Event Crown and the next step towards a World Championship Title.

Beautiful, groomed 3ft surf showed up on cue for the start of the Quarterfinals, as triumphs and upsets saw the cream rise to the top, with Luiz Diniz from Brazil claiming his first ever APP World Tour Event Win and Izzi Gomez re-taking the Ratings Lead.

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Luiz Diniz secures his first ever event victory on the APP World Tour and moves up to #2 in the World after New York

Luiz Diniz has been a constant threat on Tour over the past few years, bringing his unique brand of progressive surfing to each and every heat and fast becoming a real Contender for the World Title in the process.

It was a big moment for Luiz yesterday, as he secured his first event victory on Tour and cemented his position as number 2 in the World in the process, establishing himself as a real Title Contender in 2019.

His pathway to the Event win was not easy however, having to take down an on form, and equally progressive Zane Schweitzer (who finished 2nd here in 2018), Daniel Hughes, who was fresh from taking down the 2018 World Champion Sean Poynter and then finally the current World #1, Poenaiki Raioha from Tahiti.

Clearly emotional and ecstatic about his win, Luiz is fired up and more hungry than ever to fight for the Title in 2019 - while the surge of Brazilian talent on the WSL Tour is known as the Brazilian storm, the APP is witnessing its own Brazilian storm now, with Luiz leading the charge, but Wellington Reis, Matheus and Leco Salazar and Leonardo Gimenes all right there in the hunt. 

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Izzi Gomez finds her stride in the New York Surf to retake the ratings lead and secure another APP World Tour Win

Izzi Gomez's return to New York this year was an anxious one - it was here last year that she faltered uncharacteristically early, preventing her from retaining the World Title in 2018 despite winning the Final event of the year in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Sunset came around, and she was looking strong, but Fiona Wylde was able to come out on top to kick off the year on top for what is setting up to be one of the most exciting and competitive years yet for the Women of the APP World Tour.

Fiona came up short here in New York, bowing out in Round 3, leaving the door open for Izzi to capitalize and get back on top and capitalize she did, powering through an on form Aline Adisaka in the Quarterfinals, and then Vania Torres in the semis to secure a Finals berth and secure that Ratings Lead.

Facing a formidable new talent on Tour, Yuuka Horikoshi, the Final saw Izzi and Yuuka go blow for blow, with Izzi eventually overpowering the new face on Tour to take the well deserved victory here at Stop #2. With Barbados coming up next, a place that she knows and loves, Izzi will be the one to beat and has her sights set on another World Title in 2019! Check out the highlights, broadcast replays, photos and much more at and @appworldtour.

Poenaiki Raioha stands strong, maintaining his position on top of the Rankings with a solid and impressive second place finish

Poenaiki Raioha once again wowed the judges and spectators alike with fluid, powerful surfing of the kind only he can do, flowing his ways through the rounds on his road to the Final. Coming up against wall after wall of Brazilian talent, Poenaiki first took care of a high flying Leonardo Gimenes, one of the brightest young talents on Tour, then Matheus Salazar, who was, without doubt, the on form surfer of the event, before coming up against the eventual winner, Luiz Diniz.

While the deteriorating conditions didn't help Poenaiki's campaign against Luiz in the Final heat, he put on a solid display of his power surfing, but it was not enough to take down the radical Luiz to take the win.

That being said, a 2nd place here in New York provides Poenaiki with a healthy lead coming into the next events, as he has his sights firmly set on a World Title in 2019. Watch the highlights, check out photos and full replays from the New York SUP Open at and @appworldtour

A new star is born on the APP World Tour as Yuuka Horikoshi from Japan makes her presence felt

Yuuka Horikoshi did make her maiden appearance on the APP World Tour several years ago now as a young girl at the US Open in Huntington Beach, California, and back then she turn heads as a major talent to watch out for. However, after a few years away from the Tour, Yuuka came into the New York SUP Open as a spoiler, a new face on Tour that is ready to take down the World's very best.

To get to the Final, she had to take on and take out amongst the very best in the World: first it was Lara CLaydon, who has been on great form here in New York, then it was one of the most in form surfers of the Women's bracket, Shakira Westdorp in the Semis, to make it through to the Finals to meet the 4x World Champ, Izzi Gomez.

Unphased by the challenge, Yuuka went blow for blow with Izzi until the final seconds of the heat, having to conceed defeat, but finishing with an impressive 2nd place at the New York SUP Open. One thing is for sure, Yuuka is a name to watch through the remainder of the 2019 season and a certain Title Contender for the future.

The Meteoric Rise of Matheus Salazar

Leco Salazar was Brazil's first World Chamion on the APP World Tour, paving the way for the wealth of talent now on the Tour, and still a major contender in his own right. However, Matheus has been on the scene for some time now, but here in New York, it seems as though he came into his own, finding incredible rhythm, and establishing himself as one of the most in form surfers in the draw.

On his way through the draw, he took down some of the best of the best, inclusive of the most intense heat of the 3rd round that featured Wellington Reis, Caio Vaz and Matheus that saw the 2x World Champ Vaz exit early at the hands of Matheus and Wellington.

For much of the event he seemed unstoppable, eventually falling to the World #1 Poenaiki Raioha in the semis, but overcoming Daniel Hughes in the Consolation Final to finish in 3rd place. This impressive result now propels him into 5th place overall on the APP World Tour, with momentum behind him and 2 events still to come in the 2019 season.

Watch out for Matheus through the remainder of the year, as he will be a major force to be reckoned with coming into the backend of the year. Stay tuned for full recaps from New York and build up to Barbados at and follow us @appworldtour