Cloud 9, General Luna, Siargao Island, Philippines (Tuesday, September 25, 2018) – The swell was slightly smaller, but Cloud 9 still gave us consistent solid 4-foot waves to open the second day of the 20th Siargao National Surfing Cup to start the first round of the Junior Category.
The 17-years-old and under surfers paddled out towards barreling Cloud 9 where the waves were almost three times taller than the length of their boards. The local groms charged barrel after barrel, apparently unfazed by the large waves. 13-year-old Jaynard Alciso got the highest total heat score of 9.25 in Heat 5 of Round 1 for the Juniors Category, which has two more heats to run the next day.
“We’re pleased to finally have the Juniors Category here in Siargao and for all succeeding legs of this year’s tour season and give importance to grassroots development. Now that surfing is finally in the Olympics, we want the Philippines to be at the forefront of surfing excellence in Asia,” says Head Judge and PSCT President Luke Landrigan.
The Philippines recently ranked 20th out of 42 countries even as a first-time participant at the 2018 Urban Research ISA World Surfing Games in Tahara, Japan. Together with UPSA, PSCT is also pushing for the inclusion of surfing in the Southeast Asian Games next year to be held in the Philippines. This will help strengthen professional surfing in Southeast Asia and will set a precedence to the overall development of the sport in the region.
By the afternoon, the waves got bigger as the tide came in. The judges decided to start the third round of the Men’s Shortboard Open, expecting a great showdown from the country’s top surfers.
The first heat of the Men’s Shortboard Open Round 3 was one of the most-awaited heats that packed the Cloud 9 Tower that afternoon. The PSCT’s top-ranking surfers were literally giving the crowd and the judges a show by taking on barrel after barrel.
Philmar Alipayo, Glenn Figuron, Rolly Saavedra, all from Siargao, and Marven Abat from La Union paddled out for the first heat of Round 3. Alipayo secured his slot for the next round with a total heat score of 11.50. He also scored the top two highest single wave score of his heat, reminding us why he is the PSCT reigning shortboard champion.
Vans Philippines proudly supports the 20th Siargao National Surfing Cup.
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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