Top Seeds Put on a Clinic at Cloud 9 Yesterday, Final Showdown Today

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Cloud 9 Tower on the third day. Photo by Lanz Amparado.

Cloud 9, General Luna, Siargao Island, Philippines – Yesterday was an epic battle of Philippines’ finest surfers showing the rest of the country why they deserve their rankings. PSCT 2017 Men’s Shortboard Open champion Philmar Alipayo, Siargao’s Piso Alcala, Baler’s Neil Sanchez, Siargao’s John Mark Tokong and La Union’s Jay-R Esquivel all made it through and will surf in the final showdown today.

The third day of the 20th Siargao National Surfing Cup had the most action with John Mark Tokong; currently, our top 4, with the highest total heat score of 17.50 just halfway through his heat. Also with the highest single wave score of 9.50, Tokong left his close friend and current heat opponent Remar Magaluna in a combo situation requiring a 17.51 to take Tokong out of the lead.

Magaluna showed us grit by trying to get the most significant waves Cloud 9 could offer him during his heat. “I really waited to get the biggest waves because I knew those waves could help me get my needed combo but the right waves didn’t come,” he adds with a smile.

“It was such a great heat surfing out with my good friend and Siargao legend, Marama even if the results were not in my favor. I’m so happy just to be here. I get to enjoy what Cloud 9 has to offer, and that’s what’s important,”  Magaluna adds.

Tokong was also part of the Philippine Team that participated in the UR ISA World Surfing Games for the first time and even scored the highest among the group, setting an undisputed momentum for himself for the rest of the tour.

“I felt amazing and comfortable during the first few waves that I got. It’s just great to be back. I was just waiting for the good sets, I knew what was going to happen because Cloud 9 is home.” Marama shares.

Siargao rippers proved once and again that local knowledge plays a huge role in helping them get through to the next round with exceptions of our surfers from the north—Jay-R Esquivel and Neil Sanchez finishing first with total heat scores of 14.00 and 13.00 respectively.

Jay-R Esquivel from La Union getting his game face on inside this barrel in Cloud 9 today. Photo by Tim Hain.

“It was a challenging heat today with Pete Catulay. The wind made it even harder to nail the rides that I knew would bring in the scores,” said Esquivel.

Only .35 points separating him from Siargao’s Catulay, Esquivel shares how important it was to stay focused during his heat. When asked why he still paddled back to the line up with less than half a minute left on the clock, Esquivel replied “I just wanted to get one last wave for fun! It wasn’t because I needed another wave to win the heat.”

At the end of the day, each surfer’s fate depends on who gets the best wave of the heat. Solid 3-foot waves at Cloud 9 did not fail the roaring crowds watching from the tower.

Current PSCT Men’s Shortboard Open Champion Philmar Alipayo making sure he keeps his title this tour. Photo by Oli Bayer

The final showdown of the 20th Siargao National Surfing Cup started at 5:30 am today, September 27, 2018 and we’re excited to see whether reigning champion Philmar Alipayo defends his title or will another nab the title from him?

Vans Philippines proudly supports the 20th Siargao National Surfing Cup.

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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.
 


About VANS Philippines

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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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