21st Siargao National Surfing Cup Opens With PH’s Best Surfers

The first day of the 21st National Siargao Surfing Cup opened with an idyllic tropical sun blazing down on excited spectators and competitors alike.  Shoulder-high waves, as well as a few series of head high sets, awaited our surfers as the onshore wind made the waves a bit tricky and challenging for our competitors to select the perfect wave.

The competition kicked off about noon and as the tide was getting higher we watched the first surfers jumping into the water. The day started and ended with Round 1 of Men’s Open Shortboard, where 79 surfers bested their way to make it into the next round. 

Jan Figuron finishes a floater for the crowd. Photo by Bryan Waverider

Mark Canon, from Barangay Catangnan, scored the highest heat score with a total of 9.13 points. The Catangnan surfer also managed to get the best single wave score of the day with 4.90 points.

Alvin Coldura paddling out on the very first heat of the competition. He finished first place. Photo by John Vincent Camingue

In professional surfing competitions, the judges look for those critical performances that make the surfer score higher. The judging criteria of PSCT follows the same rules and regulations as the World Surf League (WSL): speed, power and flow; commitment and degree of difficulty, how much risk does the surfer take; innovative and progressive maneuvers, how the surfer pass from one maneuver to another; combination of major maneuvers, how the maneuvers are performed; and finally the variety of maneuvers.

Bujo Catulay speeding down for a cutback on the first day of the competition. Photo by Bryan Waverider

If the surfer is capable to follow these points, it will surely make him score higher. Moreover, in order to score the highest, all maneuvers have to be finished in a clean way to be counted. The judges will stop scoring when the surfer stops surfing. 

The scoring criteria start from 1 to 10 points; From 0.1 to 1.9 points (Poor), generally refers to wipeouts. From 2.0 to 3.9 points (Fair), usually represents a failed attempt, for example when a surfer tries to do an aerial but falls while the landing. From 4.0 to 5.9 points (Average) is given when the surfer did perform a trick but not in the cleanest way. From 6.0 to 7.9 points (Good), the surfer performed a nice and clean trick. Finally, from 8.0 to 10.0 points (Excellent), the most difficult score to get translates to exceptional performance. In Cloud 9, the highest score would certainly include a barrel. 

Stay tuned as we move forward into the next round and the excitement gets bigger!

The 21st Siargao National Surfing Cup is proudly supported by VANS Philippines and hosted by the Municipal Government of General Luna. PSCT also thanks its sponsors: the Philippine Sports Commission, the Province of Surigao del Norte, Maui and Sons, Congressman Matugas and with sponsors Gwapitos, Cebu Pacific, Kermit Siargao, House of Representatives, ABS-CBN Sports and Action, CNN Philippines, Kudo Surf, Fat Lips Surf Shop, ANCx, Be Siargao Magazine, Harana Surf Resort, Inquirer.net, Metro Channel, Inq Pop, Binggo Ride, Olas Banditos, Seawadeeka, Siargao Corner Cafe, Siargao Wakepark, My Life on Board, Beach Hut, SOS Gym, Shaka Cafes, Fluidsurf, Zicatela, Siargao Pay, Cantilan Bank, Greenhouse Siargao, Fili Beans Espresso, DWIZ, Pacific Cross, PAGCOR, Siargao Island Surfing Association, SEA Movement, Vissla, Loose Keys Moto Culture, Barangay Catangnan and Heineken.

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 third 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 and adventure of Philippine surfing one tour at a time.

About VANS Philippines

Vans®, a VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) brand, is the original action sports footwear, apparel and accessories brand. Vans authentic collections are sold globally in 84 countries through a network of subsidiaries, distributors and international offices. Vans own and operate more than 600 retail locations around the world.

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 various surf destinations in the Philippines since 2012.

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Article written by Olga Garcia

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