Longboard Champion crowned in California
The ASP World Longboard Tour will make its final stop of the year at California’s famed San Onofre State Beach in San Clemente, California with the World Longboard Tour event from November 5 till 9, 2008.
The ASP WLT consists of the finest longboarding competitors who compete in two World Longboard Tour events in an attempt to earn the title of ASP World Longboard Champion. The previous Oxbow Pro event is held at Les Cavalliers in Anglet, France.
Harley Ingleby (Coffs Harbour, AUS), 25, won the first Oxbow World Longboard Tour event in Anglet, France this season, and will be out to claim this year’s title over defending ASP WLT Champion Phil Rajzman (Rio de Janeiro, BRA), 26, who is currently sitting in third overall and is well within striking distance of a repeat title over current series leader, Ingleby.
The Australian will look to carry the momentum from his first event victory to California, where he hopes to accomplish his dream of becoming ASP World Longboard Champion.
“It would be an absolute dream come true,” Ingleby said. “It’s one of those things that you always thought about when you were a grommet. Looking up to the guys that had done it. I know when I was that age I never expected to ever be in this situation.”
Ingleby feels the new addition to the ASP WLT benefits the sport of longboarding and helps the progression and exposure of the more traditional side of surfing.
“It absolutely helps our sport,” Ingleby said. “Especially from the exposure we get from it being all up and running on the website along side the World Tour surfers. It’s definitely important for longboarding to have a World Champion crowned each year.”
Colin McPhillips (San Clemente, CA), 33, former three-time ASP World Champion and current No. 5 on the ASP World Longboard Tour, is the local favorite entering the event and will look to take the 2008 championships at his home break. The professional longboarding veteran has spent the majority of his life surfing at San Onofre State Beach and will be hungry to claim a victory in front of his friends and family.
“I've had a lot of meaningful wins for me through out my career but winning at home would take the cake,” McPhillips said. “San Onofre State Beach is my spot, my friends and family all hang out there, so it would be really special for me to bring home the win for the entire beach.”
Despite the fact that San Onofre State Beach is McPhillips’ home break, he feels that the new stop on the men’s ASP World Longboard Tour is an excellent addition to this year’s list of events.
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