Road to the 2017 World Championships
After a strong finish in the Japan LQS event, Tony and his girlfriend Leigh traveled to Taiwan to compete in the final event of the year, The World Championships at the Taiwan Open of Surfing. Flying into Taipei a couple weeks prior to the event, Tony and Leigh were picked up by their friend George who has a surf school in Yilan, and he showed them around the city of Taipei and the top of Jiufen mountain that had some beautiful views and a busy marketplace where they tried many of Taiwans delicacies. The next day, a rad little surf inspired cafe in the heart of Taipei called Swell Cafe hosted Tony Silvagni as a speaker for the local surfers to talk about Stewart Surfboards and his journey to becoming a professional surfer. Many of the locals were excited to meet Tony and even made creative items for him to autograph.
After a few days up north, Tony and Leigh traveled with Georges family all the way down to South Taiwan to stay with their friend Toumei so that they could relax and train on some fun waves in the warm waters of Kenting Jialeshue. Then it was time to head to the contest site in Taitung, which is just a couple hours north of Kenting.
Jinzun Harbor is a very consistent cobblestone bottom break that looks similar to a mini lower trestles. There were many windy lay days that led the contest to run all the way to end of the waiting period. There was still a lot of action however, as they ran the mens shortboard QS, the local taiwanese trials contest to see which local surfer would receive a wildcard into the main longboard event, a locals tag team event, and the womens longboard championships. When the winds were up, there were a few other sick surf spots blocked from the wind just up the road that provided some awesome lay day sessions.
Tony Silvagni started off strong, winning his round 1 heat against Ben Skinner and David Arganda, sending him straight into Round 3 as everyone else battled it out in Round 2. Then he met up with Ben Skinner again in Round 3. After a stressful 35 minutes with only a few waves ridden, Tony got the score he needed to win in the last few seconds of the heat ending it with an excellent wave score of 8.27 and a 7.67.
Round 4 had Tony matched up with fellow Americans Taylor Jensen and Cole Robbins with tricky windy conditions. Despite some amazing hang tens and crisp cutbacks, Tony couldn't find the set waves he needed and ended up with an equal 9th place finish. Tony finishes the 2017 season with an outstanding 9th place finish in the entire world and is already thinking ahead to the 2018 season with strong hopes of a world title.
He would like to thank his 2017 sponsors Stewart Surfboards, Hot Wax Surf Shop, Coastwalk Real Estate, Hang Ten Grill and Tony Silvagni Surf School.