Grommets Ruled Day 2 of the 21st National Siargao Surfing Cup

The second day of the 21st National Siargao Surfing Cup was one full of action which our grommets were responsible for. Two feet high waves and clean water made the day just perfect for our junior competitors.

Before moving on to Juniors Division, we witnessed in the Men’s Open Division, during the final heat, one of the outstanding performances of the category performed by four Siarganon surfers: Kent Brian, John Febra, Wemar Bonono and Jeremiah Escamillan. 

Benjomar Canon (Siargao) paddling back to the line up, Canon combined the highest heat score of the whole competition so far. Photo by John Vincent Camingue

Determined to make it to Round 3, the surfers did not stop catching waves. As scores were coming in, the positions were constantly changing. With three minutes remaining on the clock, Kent Brian made it to first place closing the heat with a total score of 7.84 points. It is the first time Kent Brian has joined a PSCT competition. He has been training hard for the last seven months for this, he explained. He is committed to go further. “It feels good to be competing and sharing waves with other surfers” shared Brian with a huge smile after winning.

Cloud 9 continued giving us with clean sets for the next hours. Subsequently, it was the groms turn. The first heat was opened by Gabriel Lerog, 2018 overall PSCT Champion, who took the lead since the beginning and naturally finished first place. 

John Lloyd, a promising surfer from Lanuza finishing a turn back. Photo by Bryan Waverider

What makes this tour unique is the diversity of the people joining it and the love they all share for surfing. Today we saw groms competing from different parts of the country, like Ryan Javarez from Puerto Princesa, who is the Junior Champion in Palawan. “I am so happy to be here and represent my region”, explained the nine year old Ryan before his heat.

The last heat of the day was the most exciting heat of the competition so far. Benjomar Canon, winner of last year Siargao Cup, made the crowd go crazy and the judges could not believe what this sixteen years old surfer was performing. Benjomar Canon scored the two highest wave scores of this Siargao leg by combining a total heat score 13 points. 

It was refreshing to witness the quality of the future surfers of the Philippines. Benladin Arjona, Lemar Delamide, Daniel Nogalo, John Carlos Noguera and Kai Alcala also gave the judges some food for thought.

Kai Alcala (Siargao) preforming a floater, qualifying for Quarterfinals. Photo by Bryan Waverider

The competition will resume tomorrow morning at 6am with the Quarterfinals of Juniors Division. Stay tuned as we step into the third day of the competition!

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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