Sunday, October 20, 2019

Photo by John Vincent. Susan Escanilla paddling out for Quarterfinals

The fourth day of the competition was faced with smaller footlong-waves, the smallest swell we have had in the competition so far. The surfers were put under difficult conditions as it was quite tough to gain enough speed to perform aerial tricks on the tiny waves.

During the last few days, we have seen the potential of Siarganons on Shortboard. On the Junior Semifinals, seven out of eight surfers were from Siargao, the eighth being RJ Chico Lopez from La Union.

On the first heat of Juniors, there was so much tension as they all performed very well and the ranking was constantly changing. Benjomar Canon, the champion of the Siargao Cup Juniors Division, took the lead on his heat. But suddenly John Carlos Noguera rose to the first place, which did not last long. Benladin Arjona, who was standing third, did a great performance that sent him straight to first place scoring a total of 8.60. Arjona and Noguera will be going straight to Finals.


Photo by John Vincent. Open-mouth watching the live heats of Juniors

On the second heat of the Semifinals, Lerog stood on first place during the whole heat and ended with a total heat score of 9.60, while Charlie Arjona got second place with 9.00 points. They completed the two slots remaining on the Finals.

Immediately, it was the turn of Women’s Open Shortboard, whose contenders had been waiting a long time to get in the water. On the second heat of Round 1, Angel’Lea Aguilar started strong and kept getting great scores. May Ann Malaza was penalized after she dropped in on Cherislyn Forcadilla. That mistake made her finish on fifth place as the judges reduced her second best wave in half.


Photo by John Vincent. Dianne Nogalo setting her line.

On Quarterfinals, the top surfers came in to play. Nildie Blancada, currently top 1 of Women’s Shortboard and last year’s champion in Lanuza, made a 360 on her opening wave getting a 4.17. She classified for Semifinals with another 4.50, garnering a total heat score of 8.67.

On the third heat of the Quarterfinals, Pinky Alipayo risked being eliminated but on the last ten seconds she performed spectacular maneuvers which made her finish second and into the Semifinals.

It was the turn of Daisy Valdez, Ana Mae Alipayo and Angel’Lea. At the moment, Valdez and Alipayo are also on the Top 10 ranking. Today they have demonstrated why they deserve their ranking as they both qualified for Semifinals.

Nildie Blancada showed everyone that surfers should play in all conditions. During the Semifinals, she wowed the crowd as she scored a massive 7.00 points, the highest score on the entire category with her fantastic aerial tricks. She stayed in first place for the rest of the heat.


Photo by John Vincent. Nilbie Blancada killed it in Semifinals.

Valdez and Alipayo started their common heat with the same single wave scores, a 2.67. Alipayo quickly took advantage as she did four maneuvers. They will both be on the Finals.

Blancada and Alipayo proved today what it is to be a pro surfer, with their impressive scores amidst the tiny waves. “It is so good to see young ladies competing. They are the future of the female surfing”, said Luke Landrigan, President of PSCT.


Photo by John Vincent. Grommets and Nilbie Blancada on camera

The 16th Lanuza Surfing Festival is brought to you by the following sponsors and media partners:
The Municipality of Lanuza the Province of Surigao del SurOffice of Senator Sonny AngaraCongressman Prospero Pichay JrGwapitosFat Lips SurfshopKudo SurfBabak BungalowsPichay Initiative,Sky Jet Air(Official Airline Partner),
Department of TourismTourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone AuthoritySan Miguel BeerCoca-ColaANC-X,
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About Lanuza Surfing Festival

Lanuza Surfing Festival started 16 years ago with the competition held mainly in Doot-Poktoy, one of the longest right-hander waves in the country. It is organized by the Municipality of Lanuza and the Province of Surigao del Sur who have backed the Philippine surfing scene since the beginning.

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.

To know more about today’s highlights, check the video of Day 4:



Stay tuned for Day 5 tomorrow!

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