THE 2017 SIARGAO INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S SURFING CUP SET TO START THIS WEEK

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General Luna, Siargao / Philippines (Wednesday, May 3, 2017) – The Siargao International Women’s Surfing Cup is set to begin at the world famous Cloud 9 surfing break on the beautiful island of Siargao in the Philippines this week.

Some of the world’s most talented female surfers are joined by WSL officials and local dignitaries at the opening ceremony of the 2017 Siargao International Women’s surfing Cup. Credit: © WSL / Tim Hain

The field of international and local competitors have arrived and have been immensely impressed with the ideal location and its waves. The international women have been enjoying the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the world class waves at Cloud 9 and are excited for competition to get underway this week.

The traditional breaking of the board before the start of the contest with Mayor Rusillion, LGU officials and WSL officials. Credit: © WSL / Tim Hain

Today’s opening ceremony saw the attendance of many important government officials who expressed their enthusiasm for this the first ever all women’s World Surf League sanctioned event to take place in the Philippines.

Mayor Jamie Rusillion, a man of great vision who is described as the ‘godfather’ of surfing in the Philippines, has been an enormous supporter of surfing in this region. Mayor Russilion addressed the surfers and large crowd expressing his enthusiasm for this event and in particular, its relevance to empowering women to take to the waves in The Philippines.

Lee Anne Curren. Photo courtesy of WSL

One interesting international surfer lining up in the event is Lee Ann Curren from France. Lee Ann is a former full-time competitive surfer who has enjoyed a break from high-level competition the past few years to pursue her music.

“I am aiming to surf quite a few events now and this is a wonderful location to begin,” Curren said. “The wave seems really quality and I think we are all excited to surf the coming few days with a good forecast – It’s exciting for us all.”

WSL Asia Events Manager Steve Robertson commented on the event by saying “WSL have enjoyed great events here at Cloud 9 for around 20 years and we all love coming back here,” Robertson said. “The Philippines should be commended for running a women’s event here at such a great wave. It sets a fine example to the local women surfers and encourages all the women in the region to take to the surf. Like in previous men’s events, I’m sure we’ll see the locals challenging for the event win in the years to come – maybe even this year.”

There is an excellent forecast for the event in the coming days which should make for incredible action throughout the event window.

The 2017 Siargao international Women’s Surfing Cup will run from May 2 – 6. More information on the event and results along with highlights and images can be found at www.worldsurfleague.com and on the WSL App.

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