Upsets and Surprises Fill Up Day 3 of the 21st National Siargao Surfing Cup

The third day of the 21st National Siargao Surfing Cup was one full of surprises. At sunrise, we started with the Quarterfinals of Juniors Division, where sixteen grommets had to fight to fill one of the precious spots in the upcoming Semifinal. 

Lemar Delamide (Siargao) closing a cutback during his winning heat. Photo by John Vincent Camingue

To everyone’s surprise, Benjomar Canon, yesterday’s highlight whose performance is still the highest score of the entire competition, lost in Quarterfinals against Figuron Marino and Marven Delamide. Despite his effort in trying to catch as many waves as possible, Canon needed a 6.94 point to change his third position into first, a difficult score to achieve. 

Siarganon grommets have shown their knowledge of Cloud 9 and their skills by eliminating almost all the contricants from other provinces in the previous rounds. The only surfer remaining who is not from Siargao is Jomarie Ebuza, from La Union. Ebuza will be competing with three Catangnan surfers in the Semifinal heat, Gabriel Lerog, Daniel Nogalo and Lemar Delamide.

Marino Figuron (Siargao) showing off during his winning heat. Photo by John Vincent Camingue

Today Cloud 9, delivered clean two foot high waves, the cleanest we have seen since the competition started. In the afternoon, it was the turn for Round 3 of Men’s Open. This is where the surfers, that in last year national tour qualified between the 16th position and 32nd, debut for the first time, and so on the level of the competition arises. 

At this point of the leg is when surfers deliver high quality maneuvers, the heats become more tight, the judges get busier and the three floors of the tower are full. Glenn Figuron opened the first heat with a wave score of 6.25 that placed himself confidently in first place during the 15 minutes remaining. Indeed, Figuron scored the best heat score of the day with a total of 11.50 points. Another brilliant performance was from Mike Canon, who did some of the first well done aerial tricks of the contest that made him win first place leaving his opponents far behind.

Silvestre Bactad (Zambales) about to perform a cutback, classifying for next round. Photo by Bryan Waverider

In contrast with Juniors Division, in the Men’s Open there are still surfers from other regions. Silvester Bactad from Zambales and Brent Carlo Manedged from Pagubod, knocked down two Siarganon surfers during their common heat, passing to Round 4 where they will be competing with true Siarganon veterans such as Piso Alcala and Carlito Nogalo.

All eyes are on tomorrow’s rounds, as we will see our top sixteen seed surfers battling in their favorite break, Cloud 9. Some of the promising heats will be handed by John Mark Tokong, Philmar Alipayo, Carlito Nogalo, Piso Alcala, Jayr Esquivel and Eduardo Alciso. Stay tuned as we will experience top quality surf.

Joseph Antepasado (Siargao) showing his powerful turns. Photo by Bryan Waverider

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 was 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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