Tony Silvagni: playing hide and seek

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) 2-Star Ocean Beach PLA Pro saw Tony Silvagni (Kure Beach, NC), 23, clinch the event win by navigating through wild 10 to 12 foot (3-4 metre) surf at San Diego’s Ocean Beach Pier.

The four women’s finalists of the Ocean Beach PLA Pro presented by Gidget opted not to surf and evenly divide the ratings points and prize money due to the day’s brutal conditions.

The Ocean Beach PLA Pro represents the first of six events on the 2010 ASP North America LQS calendar and Silvagni’s win today establishes the young East Coaster as the early season frontrunner.

Silvagni not only had to battle the victory at seas conditions throughout his marathon day of competition, but also topped some of the globe’s finest competitive longboarding talent including three-time ASP World Longboard Champion Colin McPhillips (San Clemente, CA), 34, and French standout Remi Arauzo (FRA), en route to clinching his inaugural ASP LQS victory by combining critical rail-to-rail surfing and classic noseriding.

“I’ve made so many finals and it feels amazing to finally win an ASP LQS event,” Silvagni said. “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 to clinch the season opening regional ASP LQS event and hopes to utilize the 2010 American series to sharpen his competitive skills before combating the world’s top competitive talent searching for the crown of ASP World Longboard Champion.

“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