WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- Just back from Panama and the Billabong ISA World Surfing Games, Tony Silvagni now has time to reflect.
“The contest was at Playa Vanal,” Silvagni explained. “This was my first time in Panama, there were eight surfers on the USA surf team, 2 women shortboarders, 4 men shortboarders, and two longboarders.”
Fourth of July weekend didn't turn out so well for team USA; they finished in eighth.
However Silvagni continued to advance in the longboard contest. With the wave conditions, he was able to show off his full bag of tricks. Round after round he kept moving on.
The judges rewarded Silvagni with a trip to the finals, and from there patience paid off.
Silvagni started off with solid 8.17 and 8.73 scores and while it got close at the end, he wound up leading the heat from start to finish.
Tony is now home, teaching others to surf through Tony Silvagni Surf School. Next up, the Reef Sweetwater Pro-Am here in Wrightsville Beach.