Grupo Nopo: 2 years After Typhoon Yolanda, Tanauan, Leyte Skimboarding featuring “Nikko Cobacha”


Typhoon Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda, was one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, devastating portions of Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines, in early-November 2013.

Two years ago, Typhoon Haiyan nearly wiped out Leyte in the Philippine map. Small towns in this island where badly destroyed and the municipality of Tanauan were one of them.

Tanauan, Leyte is one of the places that was hit by the Super Typhoon Yolanda last November 8, 2013. Thousands of people died and houses were destroyed.

Tanauan is also the skimboarding capital of the Philippines. Back in the day, the place was very active when it comes to skimboarding. They even held a 10-year straight event for national competitions.

Now here is Nico Cobacha and the local kids of Tanauan trying to reveal the skimboarding capital; its beautiful place and the waves in Tanauan.

Edit: Ering Ricablanca

About Grupo Nopo:

Grupo Nopo (Opon spelled backwards), is a group of people that share a common local pride, at the same time, spreading a principle that adhere to Free Energy. With origins of skimboarding and eventually skating, they started in 2003, as most groups do, as a barkada. Now, they promote a community of skill that has become a pool for many brands such as Driftwood Local Enterprise (from design, to production and testing) and Free Energy Cooperative, to whom they skate and even deliver products with the use of longboards.

They can make great videos, skate and be in videos, rap, grapple, and surf, while having a grand time. Along with an ever growing community of long boarders, they raise awareness to the alternative of public transport when they skate the streets, choosing Free Energy and making that personal contribution in the spirit of sustainable living. Grupo Nopo has also become a steady source of raw talent. Arjun Jimenez, Dandoy Tongco, Rico and Ering Ricablanca are just some who have carried the GN banner participating in longboarding events all around the country.

To know more about Grupo Nopo click here.

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