Jay-r Esquivel clinches the title of Longboard Grand Champion. Photo by Abdel Elecho.
December 10, 2018, Brgy. Sabang, Cabugao, Ilocos Sur — The swell had dropped a notch and long, clean lines wrapped around Sabang Beach for the Men’s and Women’s Longboard Open Finals. Suspense rose when Baler local Mark Aguila, last year’s Grand Champion for Men’s Longboard, didn’t advance to the Semifinals hence leaving the door wide open for a new champion to step in.
The Women’s Finals showed reigning champion, Daisy Valdez of La Union, defending her title against Siargao’s rising stars, Aping Agudo, Ikit Agudo, and Maricel Parajes. In the last 8 minutes of the Finals heat, Maricel snapped her leash and the audience held their breaths as her longboard smashed onto the rocks. Help from the Siargao camp was quick and even Daisy checked on Maricel before they both paddled back to the lineup to finish their heat.