Cloud 9, General Luna, Siargao Island, Philippines – With the shared passion of growing the sport of surfing in the Philippines, the Philippine Surfing Championship Tour (PSCT), together with Vans Philippines officially opens the 20th Siargao National Surfing Cup today with almost 100 surfers from 10 different regions around the country.
Solid four-foot surf was predicted to hit the island today setting up the competition with a great start. The PSCT makes history in this year’s Siargao National Surfing Cup as even more new talent from all over the Philippines is expected to raise the bar to an even higher level.
This year’s roster boasts Borongan surfer Daemiel Erzbet Argame in the Juniors Category as a new addition to the event, which already includes surfers from Zambales, La Union, Baler, Ilocos Norte, Manila, Cantilan, Catanduanes, Davao Oriental, and Siargao.
For the first time in history, the Siargao National Surfing Cup includes a Junior category for the 18-and-under surfers in addition to the existing Mens Shortboard Open category, boasting a total prize purse of 323,000 across the 2 categories.
PSCT Contest Director Joseph Olin is stoked to open the competition season in Siargao, explaining, “The Siargao National Surfing Cup is one of the longest running surfing competitions in the country and Cloud 9 is the country’s premier world-class surfing destination, and we want to do our best to protect it. That’s why for the first time we’re strictly banning single-use plastic throughout the whole competition period. We’re honored to be supported by the local government of General Luna and the Philippine National Police in enforcing this policy, not just to the organizers and participants but to the general public as well. We hope that other surfing destinations in the country follow our example to preserve and protect our natural resources.”
PSCT has again invited the Asian Surf Cooperative (formerly the Asian Surfing Championships) to sanction the event, who will be utilizing the Live Heat scoring system that allows anyone with a smartphone, tablet or laptop and internet connection to follow each heat score and view all the heat draws and results.
Head Judge Luke Landrigan will again oversee the judging panel for this event. Landrigan is a Level 2 International Surfing Association (ISA) judge.
Closely working with the PSCT, VANS is proud to announce their full support to make sure that all efforts lead to the Asian Games and Olympics, according to VANS Philippines Chairman of the Board Wendell Cunanan.
“Your VANS Family will always support the local heroes and the growth of surfing here in the Philippines. And putting a lot of work into this effort excites us a lot, not only because we are passionate about surfing but also because it’s fun working with everyone who lends a hand in this cause knowing this is what the community needs. Whether it’s by supporting local events in Baler, Zambales, Siargao, and La Union or by supporting the riders in local and international competitions, VANS is dedicated to surfing in any way we can.”
The 20th Siargao National Surfing Cup is fully supported by VANS Philippines with the assistance of the Municipality of General Luna, the Office of Senator Sonny Angara, the Province of Surigao del Norte, the Department of Tourism and with sponsors Gwapitos, Fatlips, People’s Television Network (PTv), Kermit Siargao, Kudo Surf, S.E.A. Movement, PSCT official airline partner SkyJet Airlines, Siargao Island Surfers Association (SISA), Healthy Grocery, Harana, Olas Banditos, Seawadeeka, Grom Nation, SOS Gym, Bake Siargao, My Life On Board, Blunt, SunStar Cagayan de Oro, Edge Davao, Cafe Loka, FluidSurf, Marajaw Surf Zinc, barangay Catangnan, Jolan’s Fruits and Vegetables, Dagmukan, Loose Keys Moto Culture, Be Siargao, Fili Beans Espresso, Siargao Surf Training, Sta. Maria’s Healthy Choices, The Siargao Island, Greenhouse Siargao, Inquirer.net, InqPop, CNN Philippines, The Rail, BinGo Siargao and Salty Nomads Hostel.
This event is organized by the PSCT and United Philippine Surfing Association (UPSA) and sanctioned by the Asian Surf Cooperative (ASC).
Follow the action on https://www.psctour.com/events/.
The Philippine Surfing Championship Tour (PSCT) is the premier professional surfing competition where top surfers from all over the Philippines compete in multiple locations around the country, vying for a spot in the national surfing team.
Already on its second year, the PSCT celebrates the Filipino surfers, passionate fans, and dedicated partners that together grow the Philippine surfing community to what it is today and what it’s envisioned to be.
PSCT exists to set the stage and act as a platform for professional surfing in the Philippines. Promoting Filipino surfers as world-class athletes and uniting the surfing community and fans by sharing the story, drama and adventure of Philippine surfing one tour at a time.
About VANS Philippines
Vans®, a VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) brand, is the original action sports footwear, apparel and accessories brand. Vans authentic collections are sold globally in 84 countries through a network of subsidiaries, distributors and international offices. Vans also owns and operates more than 600 retail locations around the world.
The Vans brand promotes the action sports lifestyle, youth culture and creative self-expression through the support of athletes, musicians and artists and through progressive events and platforms such as the Single and Unattached, Aurora Surfing Challenge, Bicol Surf Jam, Zambapalooza, Southswell, Catanduanes Surf break, Cloud 9 Masters Short Board Open, Lanuza Surf Competition, Archipelago Surf Film, and in different surf destinations in the Philippines since 2012.
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