BOCA BARRANCA, Costa Rica (Tuesday, April 6, 2010) – The second stop on the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) North America Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) is set to host some of the nation’s finest male and female competitive longboarding talent at the idyllic Costa Rican pointbreak of Boca Barranca at the ASP LQS 3-Star Costa Rica Pro from April 8 through 11, 2010.
Surfers competing on the ASP LQS are out to finish within the top 2 on their respected regional ratings to earn a berth on to the prestigious ASP World Longboard Tour (WLT). Once qualified, each competitor has the right to battle for the title of ASP World Longboard Champion.
Tony Silvagni (Kure Beach, NC), 23, is fresh off his first ASP LQS win at the PLA Pro in Ocean Beach and heads to the upcoming event in Costa Rica with newfound confidence while leading the 32-man field of stacked longboarding talent into the event as the early season ratings leader.
“Now that I have won my first LQS contest I am feeling very confident going into the Costa Rica event,” Silvagni said. “I have never surfed at Boca Barranca, but I have been to Costa Rica a couple of times and surfed Jaco and Nosara. I feel like I have the right equipment for the break, and have been practicing at a local spot near my house that is a real fun left to prepare for the left hand pointbreak at Boca Barranca. My passion for surfing is only matched by my love of traveling, and I can’t wait to catch some waves with the rest of the top longboarders at world class breaks around the globe.”
Aside from juggling life as a competitor on the ASP WLT with an intense training and traveling schedule, Silvagni is also managing full-time student life as well growing his own business, but still manages to keep his competitive stills at a top level.
“I recently spent spring break surfing in Hawaii and spent time with my girlfriend,” Silvagni said. “The last two weekends I traveled to Florida for two Professional longboard events, winning a scholarship at Scholastics, and 2nd place for Pro Longboard at the Ron Jon Easter Surf Festival in Cocoa Beach. It’s a busy schedule, considering I am currently a full time student at UNC Wilmington, and running the Tony Silvagni Surf School business as well.”
Steve Newton (San Clemente, CA), 25, who will be competing in his rookie year amongst the globe’s finest longboarders in the 2010 ASP WLT, is using the high level of talent on the regional ASP LQS to fine-tune his competitive prowess prior to his rookie campaign on the ASP WLT.
“I think the LQS events are invaluable in preparing for a caliber event like the WLT,” Newton said. “Having an LQS tour gives me a chance to compete with some of the guys that are already on the tour, tour veterans like Colin McPhillips and Kai Sallas and more importantly find a good rhythm in the year before the WLT.”
Newton is also no stranger to the flawless pointbreak of Boca Barranca, and has had success in previous professional longboarding events at the break in the past. The talented Californian is hoping to carry that familiarity over to this year’s Costa Rica Pro.
“I’ve got some experience at Boca Barranca,” Newton said. “I surfed the break once before for the Rabbit Kekai event in 2003 and finished 2nd. It’s such a perfect wave, I’m really excited to get back there.”
Leading the 16 women’s competitors will be reigning two-time ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion Jen Smith (San Diego, CA), 24, who is currently in a tie for the ASP North America LQS ratings lead.
The ASP LQS 3-Star Costa Rica Pro holds a waiting period from April 8-11, 2010.
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