Huntington Beach’s surfing competition season switched into high gear recently with the launch of the Association of Surfing Professionals’ North America Longboard Qualifying Series event, Costa del Mar. Local surfer Colin McPhillips from San Clement took home the prize in the this first event. He’s aiming for his 4th longboard world title. Outranking Kai Sallas, Steve Newton, and Surf City’s own Josh Mohr, there’s still plenty of room as the season advances into its next competition.
Professional Longboard Association is back in action and has given the longboarders a tour to embrace in the region–a California tour. It’s been at least four or five years since longboard surfing has carried a season worth of its own events. U.S. Open basically has been “it”. Next on the tour is a PLA event April 25-26 at Ventura. Oxbow is planning
two world-class events this year– to be announced.