North America LQS Costa Rica PLA Pro: Round 1
Brazilian Rodrigo Sphaier was the shining star in Round 1 of the Costa Rica PLA pro. The ambitious surfer has high hopes for the competition and has a good chance at qualifying for the ASP World Longboard Tour.
Rodrigo Sphaier from Brazil was the highlight of Round 1 of the ASP North America Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) 3-Star Costa Rica PLA Pro. Sphaier racked up an impressive 16.60 out of 20 heat total while advancing through to the next round.
Surfers competing in the ASP Longboard Qualifying Series attempt to qualify for the prestigious ASP World Longboard Tour (WLT). Only the most elite will make it and have a chance to become the ASP World Longboard Champion.
Although Rodrigo Sphaier is competing at Boca Barranca for the first time, he was able to snatch up the day’s top scores.
“I got here 10 days ago to get used to this wave,” Sphaier said. “It’s a perfect wave and I’m happy to have a contest here. It’s good to surf the opening round to get comfortable before I surf against the top guys in the event.”
Rodrigo Sphaier is hoping to survive long enough in the competition that he can face former ASP World Longboard Champion Josh Constable (AUS).
“Winning the 6-Star in Peru was a highlight for me and a great way to start my year,” Sphaier said. “Hopefully I can surf well again here in Costa Rica.”
Up next in the event is reigning ASP North America Longboarding Champion Kai Sallas and American Taylor Jensen.
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