ASP North America LQS 2010: Ocean Beach PLA Results
Tony Silvagni shows the world what he's got and takes the lead in the ASP Longboard Qualifying Series, which took place this year in San Diego.
The ASP Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) Ocean Beach PLA Pro saw Tony Silvagni from Kure Beach, NC, 23, sieze the overall win by navigating through insanely wild 10 to 12 foot surf at the Ocean Beach Pier in San Diego, California.
The four women’s finalists of the Ocean Beach PLA Pro decided to evenly divide the ratings points and prize money and to avoid the day’s dangerous surf.
The Ocean Beach PLA Pro is the first of six events on the 2010 ASP North America LQS calendar and Silvagni’s win today places the young surfer at the top.
Despite the brutal conditions, Tony Silvagni beat out some of the world's most elite longboarding talent including three-time ASP World Longboard Champion Colin McPhillips and French standout Remi Arauzo.
“I’ve made so many finals and it feels amazing to finally win an ASP LQS event,” said Tony Silvagni. “It’s always been my goal to start the year out on top and it’s great to finally accomplish my goals.”
Silvagni, who will be competing in his sophomore year on the ASP World Longboard Tour (WLT), was thrilled by his win at the ASP LQS event and hopes to utilize the 2010 North American series to improve his skills.
“This is a great kickoff to my year for the WLT,” Silvagni said. “It really gives me confidence going up against the world’s best. Now I’m off to Hawaii to spend time with my girlfriend and will be surfing a lot more.”
Ocean Beach PLA Pro Final:
1-Tony Silvagni (USA) 13.17
2- Zack Howard (USA) 11.57
3- Remi Arauzo (FRA) 9.43
4- Colin McPhillips (USA) 4.34
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