Esquivel, Abat and Duinmeijer Wins the 5th Annual Coast Thru Life Single and Unattached in La Union


It was a fun filled single fin weekend in La Union as our friends from Coast Thru Life, Buji, Nikki and Nina organized the annual Single and Unattached Classic Single Fin Invitational Longboarding contest at Carille, Carlatan La Union. This event is considered to be the only single fin surfing contest in the Philippines. Surfers from California, Holland, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and the Philippines celebrated the golden era of single fin logs and shortboards last February 9-12, 2017.


Jay-R Esquivel proved himself once again as one of the best loggers in the country. Esquivel consistently dominated every heat displaying his smooth classic style combo during the men’s division of the single fin longboard contest.

Undeniably one of the best and most versatile surfers in the Philippines, 2017 Coast Thru Life Single and Unattached men’s longboard champion Jay-R Esquivel.

In the women’s division, Nienke Duinmeijer from Holland has successfully ended the 4 year reign of La Union’s pride Daisy Valdez as the women’s champion of Single and Unattached. It was Duinmeijer first time in the Philippines and she was so stoke after winning the title. ” I will be back next year for sure. Philippines is so beautiful! the people and the surf culture is amazing.” Says Duinmeijer.

2017 Single and Unattached women’s champion Nienke Duinmeijer enjoy the waist high peelers in Carille.

Nienke owns a surf travel tour in Holland called Single Fin-Surf Travel, check it out on Facebook,

Floater by Marven Abat. Photo by Allen Aligam

Marven Abat showed an intense single fin shortboard action at Monaliza point braving a head high leash-less expression session in the afternoon. Waves are too small in Carille so the organizers decided to continue the surf contest in Monaliza point instead. It was a home court advantage for Marven giving an exciting performance to all the spectators at the Le Point Bar.

Here are some water shot highlights of the longboard contest in Carille.

Final results:

Men’s Division

1st place- Jay-r Esquivel

2nd place- King-king Villanueva

3rd place- Benito Nerida

4th place- Nicky Ancheta

Women’s Division

1st place- Nienke Duinmeijer  (Holland)

2nd place- Lucy Small (Australia)

3rd place- Carla Rowland (California, USA)

4th place- Daisy Valdez- Philippines

Shortboard Expression Session

1st place- Marven Abat

2nd place- Jay-R Esquivel

3rd place- Luke landrigan

4th place- Keks Ventura

5th place- Jun Fietas

Tiny toes Division

1st place- Jomari Ebueza

2nd place- Justin Ebueza

3rd place- Rj Lopez

4th place- Harold Ducusin

The Coast Thru Life Single and Unattached 2017 is not possible without the support of the following: Vans Philippines, Nixon, Fluid Surf, THE Clothing. This year’s event partner Le Point bar, Surf Shack, OlPub, Olas Banditos, Kahuna Resort, The Circle Hostel, Tagpuan, Mad Monkey, Promdi Sea, Felice Island, Bacardi Philippines Globe and Smart. Media partners Blunt Magazine, My Life On board, ASC Kasa Good Vibes, Daylight Photoworks Allen Aligam, Blue Mag and Jack TV.

Special thanks to La Union Surf Club and to Ms. Daisy Valdez