Aerials, Barrels and More—Action Intensifies on Day 4 of the 21st Siargao National Surfing Cup

On the fourth day of the 21st National Surfing Cup, Cloud 9 offered clean three foot high barrel waves just in time for Round 4, 5 and Quarterfinals of Men’s Open Division.

Carlito Nogalo (Siargao) about to exit from a barrel that made him win his heat during Round 4. Photo by Bryan Waverider

Round 4 and 5 was full of excitement, as we saw the greatest Filipino talents in the game. One of the tightest heats was from the veteran Carlito Nogalo who was battling it out with Kent Brian to win a spot in Round 5. With only two minutes remaining Nogalo took a barrel that made him scored a 7.75. “I knew I only needed around 3 points, so I took advantage of my priority and got into that barrel”, explained Nogalo after his heat.

During the afternoon as we moved on to Quarterfinals, the cheers got louder as the surfers offered the crowd the show they were looking for. At this point, all heats were a man–on–man, the crowds cheering intensifying as the heats progressed.

Neil Sanchez (Baler) showing his powerful aerials during Quarterfinals. Photo by John Vincent Camingue

During the first heat, John Mark “Marama” Tokong competed against Neil Sanchez from Baler. “Marama” opened the heat with a wave score of 6, placing himself in first place with a considerable advantage.

But the 2018 PSCT champion had one more ace in his pocket. Five minutes before the horn, “Marama” performed a ‘superman’, the one and only we have seen so far in this Siargao leg. The surfer took enough speed to jump in the air, removed his feet from the surfboard, put them back followed by a perfect landing. That made him scored an 8.50, the highest single-wave score of the entire competition. The crowd went wild. “I was just enjoying the moment” said with a big smile when he got back, victorious, to the tower.

Jay-r Esquivel, from La Union, encountered one of Siargao’s favourites, Mark Escoltura in the quarterfinals. Jay-r Esquivel, who recently competed in Japan representing the Philippine Team at the ISA World Surfing Games, made clear his level of surfing.

La Union’s lone representative, Jay-r Esquivel, shows us he’s no stranger to Cloud 9. Photo by John Vincent Camingue

Despite not being his home break, he showed his knowledge of Cloud 9  and scored an 8.25 and a 6.40 that left Escoltura in a combo situation, needing a 14.66 to overpass him. By the end of the heat, Esquivel combined a 14.65 the highest heat score of the 21st National Siargao Surfing Cup.

The tightest heat of Quarterfinals was lead by Philmar Alipayo and Kent Brian Solloso, both Siarganons. When everything seemed lost for Philmar Alipayo, he sat in second place for almost fifteen minutes, the situation completely changed as he scored a 6.25 sending him to first place after getting a long wave and did a number of cutbacks and an aerial. Despite losing, Kent Brian has proved a worthy competitor and a future threat to other veterans.

Philmar Alipayo (Siargao) closing one of the cutbacks of a long series. Photo by Bryan Waverider

The last heat of the quarterfinals was a man–on–man heat between Edito “Piso” Alcala and Eduardo Alciso. Both surfers stand in the top 3 national rankings, making it a very interesting heat to watch. Piso Alcala, who has formerly won as champion in Cloud 9 in regional, national and even international competitions, made it very difficult for his younger opponent to beat him. Alcala took a deep long barrel that made him score an 8.10 sending him straight to semifinals.

Piso Alcala (Siargao) . Photo by John Vincent Camingue

Tomorrow will surely be another epic day of surf, as we watch four of the best surfers in the country, vying for a spot in the finals. Jay-r Esquivel will be facing Siargao’s champion, John Mark Tokong while Philmar Alipayo, king of aerials, will be confronting a forever solid opponent, and friend, Piso Alcala. We all know anything can happen during a 20–minute heat.

Don’t miss tomorrow’s semifinals and finals day, both the men and the juniors will be battling it out on legendary Cloud 9.

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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