FIELD NARROWED TO 16 AT SIARGAO CLOUD 9 SURFING CUP

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–  LOCAL PISO ALCALA (PHL) AND JOHN MARK TOKONG (PHL) CONTINUE LOCAL CHARGE

Cloud 9, Siargao / Philippines (Tuesday, September 26, 2017) –   After a groundbreaking Day 2 of surfing at Cloud 9, conditions on Day 3 of the Siargao Cloud 9 Surfing Cup backed off a touch to a clean 2-to-3 foot. There were still plenty of epic waves on offer for competitors to rip into as the field was narrowed and Round Four was completed.

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Nic Von Rupp (PRT) opted to keep to his rail game to progress in second behind Tokong, posting his heat total of 12.90 with some big backhand snaps. Von Rupp has been enjoying his first visit to the Philippines and has been suitably impressed with the local talent. After a short hiatus from the QS, the stylish goofy foot will be looking for a solid result here as he looks to gain precious qualifying points.

Nic Von Rupp getting in tune with Cloud 9 on his first visit to the Philippines. Credit: © WSL / Tom Bennett

“This place is amazing – such a sick wave,” Von Rupp said. “It is definitely some of the best waves I have scored in a QS event. Coming up against the local John Mark Tokong was cool, he is an incredible surfer and has such a good read on the waves here. I’m hoping for a good result here as I want to try and get back into the higher rating QS events next year – for now, I’m just having a great time here at Cloud 9.”

Former CT competitor Raoni Monterio (BRA) has made a comeback to the QS this year after not competing since he fell off the tour at the end of 2014. Monterio is seriously driven to make it back to the WSL’s top tier and it shows in his commitment during heats pushing buckets of water everywhere on each turn. The Powerful natural-footer has been enjoying this QS event in tropical paradise.

Raoni Monterio. Credit: © WSL / Tom Bennett

“I can’t get over this place,” Monterio said. “I want to stay longer but I have to get back to Brazil for more QS events. I’m really happy this is a QS3,000 event as I want as many points as possible. When I came off tour I lost my sponsors and had a baby so took some time off travelling. I’m back competing now and it really feels good – especially when you get to compete at places like this.”

Tune in tomorrow as we move closer to the finals series here at Cloud 9. The 2017 Siargao Cloud 9 Surfing Cup QS3000 will run from September 24 – 29. For more information and a live broadcast of the event, head to www.worldsurfleague.com or check the WSL App.

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