TOP SEEDS STEP UP AT SIARGAO INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S SURFING CUP

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General Luna, Siargao / Philippines (Friday, May 5, 2017) –  The Siargao International Women’s Surfing Cup has cruised through Round 2 and the Quarterfinals on Day 2 of action. Round  2 brought with it the top seeds who were treated to fun 2-to-3 foot (1 metre) waves at the beautiful right-hander of Cloud 9 in the Philippines.

Top seed Philippa Anderson (AUS) is through to the semifinals at the 2017 Siargao International Women’s Surfing Cup, she’ll face-off with local favourite Nilbie Blancado (PHL) at Cloud 9. Credit: © WSL / Tim Hain

Local ripper Nilbie Blancada (PHL) was the standout performer of the day, lifting her level to overcome the top seeds. Blancada used her intermate knowledge of Cloud 9 to win both her heats today to advance to the Semifinals where she will face event No. 1 seed, Philippa Anderson (AUS).

Nilbie Blancada (PHL) was the standout performer of the day. © WSL / Tim Hain

Blancada’s Quarterfinal performance was particularly impressive as she posted a 14.75 heat total (out of a possible 20), the highest of the entire round. This included an excellent 8.00 point single ride score (out of a possible 10), the highest of the event so far.

“I can’t believe it – I’ve had such a fantastic day,” Blancada said. “The standard is really high, all the international surfers are so good and I’m really enjoying just competing against them in front of all my friends and family. Tomorrow’s finals should be amazing.”

Philippa Anderson (AUS) also found some high scoring rides today to win through Round 2  and the Quarterfinals. The event’s number 1 seeds looming battle with Blancado in Semifinal 1 tomorrow is much anticipated. After narrowly missing out on qualifying for the elite Championship Tour (CT) this year, Anderson goes into the match-up a clear favourite but is weary of Blancada’s local knowledge and ability.

“The winds are onshore today which is unusual for this place and I find you need to be selective to get the good scores,” Anderson said. “I’m happy to be in the Semifinals; Nilbie has been surfing so well and knows the waves here so it should be a great heat tomorrow – hopefully the winds will be a little cleaner for us.”

Australia’s Freya Prumm (AUS) won a closely fought Quarterfinal heat defeating french style master Lee-Ann Curren (FRA). Prumm will now join compatriot Mikaela Greene in tomorrows second Semifinal.

Kailani Johnson. © WSL / Tim Hain
Mikaela Green. © WSL / Tim Hain
Daisy Valdez. © WSL / Tim Hain

Organisers are optimistic that a predicted swell increase and lighter winds will provide the best conditions of the event for tomorrow’s Semifinals and Final.

Being Saturday in the Philippines and with a local surfer in contention, a large patriotic crowd is expected to line the famous long boardwalk which overlooks the waves at Cloud 9.

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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