June 9-10, 2012, Catarman, Northern Samar: The First Northern Samar Boardsports Festival 2012 has officially started on the 9th of June at the University of Eastern Philippines White Beach Resort. Together with the Local Government of Catarman, Northern Samar and with the support of the Tourism office, the event kicked off and gained so much support from the local boardsports athletes of Northern Samar and neighboring provinces who participated in this momentous boardsports event of the year. ” If there is a first, there should be a second boardsports festival. We are happy that the boardsports sene in our province is growing and we’re expecting that this event will be much bigger next year”, says Governor Paul R. Daza, who’s very passionate in supporting athletes in the province of Northern Samar.
The Beautiful and perfect skimboarding spot of the University of Eastern Philippines White Beach Resort in Catarman, Northern Samar. photo by Emay Oler.
The First Northern Samar Boardsports Festival, sponosred by DC, Quiksilver and Roxy Philippines gathered the best skimboard athletes across the country highlighting the sport and giving the boardsport athletes a limelight in achieving there goal of becoming the first champion of the said competition. “It is the first ever national skimboarding competition in the province of Catarman, Northern Samar”, says Ms. Josette Doctor, Provincial Tourism Officer of Northern Samar. The perfect white sand beach and point break waves of UEP’s pride is the home of the 1st Northern Samar Boardsports Festival. This spot is a treasure and we are looking forward to the University of Eastern Philippines officials to give the skimboard athletes the opportunity starting today to practice in this amazing and world class skim spot in Catarman, says Michael Eijansantos, Managing Director and EIC of Mylifeonboard.net.
Dagz Hermosa from Talisay, Cebu took out the class A Skimboard finals over Rioben Vivero, Obet Yunuario and Momay Cobacha all from Tanauan, Leyte.
Dagz Hermosa from Talisay Cebu taking on the final round over the best skimboarders of Talisay, Cebu. Photo courtesy of Emay Oler.
” This is my first time here in Catarman, Northern Samar. I consider UEP White Beach as one of the best skim spots in the Philippines”, says Dagz Hermosa whose career in the boardsports scene has been shaped with his relentless passion and love for the sport. Dagz Hermosa also placed 2nd in the first ever 5km push race competition in Catarman, Northern Samar.
In the Class B Skimboard Division, the “Push Master” Tito Sumicad, also from Talisay, Cebu hailed as the top skimboard athlete, nailing an outstanding performance over Rai-Rai “The Samurai” Etac, Abner Zaide and Ian Torio who are considered to be the most promising local Skimboard athletes of Catarman Northern Samar.
Tito Sumicad’s first ever skimboarding competition. Photo by Emay Oler.
Dubbed as the “Push Master”, because of his unbeatable speed record in push race competition, Tito Sumicad dominated the 5km push race competition in Northern Samar. “Thank you very much for giving this opportunity to compete here in Catarman, Northern Samar, thank you also to Mr. Mike of Mylifeonboard.net for helping the skimboard community”, says Tito Sumicad who’s hard work and dedication for boardsports payed off.
Pushing his way to the finish line, Tito Sumicad is considered to be the best long distance longboard push racer in the Philippines. Photo by Jose Yniguez.
Top 6 placers of the 1st ever push race competition in Northern Samar. From Left: Obet Yunuario from Tanauan, Leyte 4th, Momay Cobacha from Tanauan, Leyte 5th, Orlax Pelito from Catarman, Northern Samar 6th, Dagz Hermosa from Talisay, Cebu 2nd, Tito ” Push Master” Sumicad from Talisay, Cebu and Rioben Vivero from Tanauan, Leyte 3rd. Photo by Michael Eijansantos
The Skateboarding scene in the province of Catarman, Northern Samar is slowly picking up its phase. Skateboarders from Tacloban and local skateboarders from nearby provinces converge in this celebration of good vibes making it the biggest and the first ever skateboarding event in Northern Samar. Janward F. Asis took all the supporting competition in skateboarding event. He won the Best Rail, Highest Ollie, Ollie Gap Challenge and dominating the Game of Skate Class A category.
The best trick landed in Catarman Northern Samar. Janward Asis dominating the 1st ever skateboarding competition in Catarman, Northern Samar sponsored by Volcom. Photo by Emay Oler.
Local Skateboard athlete Kim Cagro won the kick flip challenge making him one of the most promising skateboard athlete in the province of Catarman, Northern Samar.
The 1st Northern Samar Boardsports Festival was indeed an all out celebration of boardsports action making the province of Northern Samar a promising place for boardsports in the country.
The First Northern Samar Boardsports Festival is brought to you by Mylifeonboard.net, Malachi Skateboarding, Northern Samar Skimboarding Club and BBX Productions and presented by The Tourism Office of Northern Samar, University of Eastern Philippines, the Local Government of Northern Samar, Northern Samar Outdoor Federation and Governor Paul R. Daza. Sponsored by DC, Quiksilver and Roxy Philippines, Volcom Philippines, Free Energy Coop, Driftwood Local Ent. Fluid Surf, Son of a Beach, Joint Outdoor Skateshop and Grupo Nopo. Media Partners: www.wheninmanila.com, www.pinoyfitness.com, Samar Weekly Express, OneSport Magazine, Unbox.ph, Sprout Magazine, Blunt and www.mylifeonboard.net.