Countless Barrels and Broken Boards On the Opening Day of the 20th Siargao National Surfing Cup

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Cloud 9, General Luna, Siargao Island, Philippines (Monday, September 24, 2018) – Yesterday was a prime example of why Cloud 9 is one of the best waves in the world. As anticipated, solid 4-5 foot swells opened the 20th Siargao National Surfing Cup giving both participating surfers and fans action heat after heat.
Typhoon swell generated amazing waves on the opening day of the competition. Seen are Bureau of Fire Protection rescue and medic team on standby while heats were ongoing. Photo by Tim Hain.
From sunrise to sundown, a total of 16 heats were run in the Men’s Shortboard Open. It was almost impossible to leave the Cloud 9 Tower because each heat kept serving wave after wave of jaw-dropping action of standup barrels and waves that never got small.
Robert Timbal peeking from under the lip. Photo by Tim Hain
Siargao local Alvin Coldura had the highest scoring single wave of 8.50 and total heat score of the day of 15.50 that didn’t come easy after three surfers broke their boards on the opening day of the competition.
The Cloud 9 Tower was packed and the crowds hushed when Dionisio Espejon of Siargao who was leading during his heat in the first round got his broken in the second round. With a borrowed board he barely practiced with—he kept charging back in pumping Cloud 9 which indeed is not an easy feat with the current conditions.
Dionisio Espejon during the first round of the competition. Photo by Lanze Amparado
Despite his best efforts to gain back the time lost, Espejon wasn’t able to get enough points to earn him a place in the next round.
The second round of the Men’s Shortboard Open continues today.
Vans Philippines proudly supports the 20th Siargao National Surfing Cup.
About PSCT
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.

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