There’s no denying that Siargao Island is a beloved tourist haven that has fascinated travelers from all around the world. Its breath-taking white, sandy beaches, the famous barreling waves of Cloud 9 and stunning underwater reefs are only some of the charms this province of Surigao del Norte is internationally known for. Eight hundred kilometres southeast of Manila, this teardrop-shaped island also has a thriving surfing community and culture that just keeps growing more and more each year.
A testament to this is the Siargao International Surfing Cup which was held last year in General Luna. In a report from Interaskyon News 5, the surfing competition featured up to 90 professional pipeline participants from overseas vying for prize money worth up to $75,000. More importantly, the World Surf League (WSL) has recently upgraded the competition from a QS1,500 to a QS3,000 event. The significance: this allows contending surfers to accrue more qualifying points, boost their competition experience, and strive for bigger competition rewards. However, to say and believe that Siargao’s only main water sport attraction is surfing is to be sorely mistaken.
Apart from Cloud 9’s epic barrels, General Luna can easily become a bonafide bucket-list spot among wakeboarders across the globe thanks to newly-minted Siargao Wakepark. Slated to be open for public use in July 2018, the facility is nestled among lush coconut trees which allows every visitor—wakeboarder or not—to truly be one with nature. In fact, it is important to note that the environment’s well-being was, and still is, always placed as top priority by its project developers, investor and stakeholders.
On their FaceBook page, Siargao Wakepark stresses the discerning steps they employed: “We have made this Wakepark with the utmost concern. It consists out of an artificial lake, sealed with plastic liner. It does not harm the environment, and if necessary, it can always be reinstalled to its natural self. No concrete, no waste!” Additionally, the area assigned to the artificial lake was already an open space utilized for cultivating sweet potatoes wherein only a minimal number of trees had to go to give way for the structure. Furthermore, Spot.ph emphasizes that the park project only began its construction in 2016 only after the Department of Environment and Natural Resources issued them their environmental compliance certificate.
In light of their long-term commitment to remain eco-friendly, the facility is the process of figuring out how to harness and leverage solar-powered technology to eventually power the entire Wakepark. As we all wait for the facility’s grand opening, we can expect Siargao Wakepark to not only become a premier destination for wakeboarders—whether they be weekend warriors or seasoned veterans—but also become a leading example of true environmental advocacy.
It is now possible for Everyone to become a Founding Member! This means you can come and visit NOW and ride together with your friends at Siargao Wakepark. Please read the note on this link, and request an invitation before visiting.
Siargao Wake Park will officially open this July 2018.
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