One could say North Florida log master Justin Quintal is on a tear. In a matter of months, the 29-year old Vans team rider has racked up a WSL longboard tour victory in Noosa, Australia, a Duct Tape title at the US Open in Huntington Beach, and, yesterday, secured yet another WSL longboard tour victory in Galicia, Spain. That’s quite a streak, to be sure!
But look closer and you’ll see Quintal’s tear now extends back years. His Duct Tape win was his 9th overall and 5th at the US Open. His recent success on the revamped WSL longboard tour (a case could be made that he is now essentially a shoe-in for a World Title) is simply a continuation of a run of dominance rarely seen in professional surfing.
Last year, in an article for SURFER Magazine, I–somewhat cheekily–opined that Quintal was entering hallowed airspace and suggested that the Jax Beach export, like the most successful surfer of all time, Cocoa Beach’s Kelly Slater, needed his own catchy honorific (remember Ke11y?).
Now, after Quintal outclassed a field of the world’s best–including a particularly frustrated semi-final opponent–and did so with style and poise, the nickname, “Just-Win”, seems even more fitting.
Check out this video we made last year, featuring some of Quintal’s wintertime exploits.