Saturday, November 16, 2019

Pacifico Surfer Shines on the First Day of the 9th Guiuan Odyssey Waves

by Ferina Santos

Edwin Uriarte from Pacifico, Siargao Island goes for a backside cutback during his heat in the 9th Guiuan Odyssey Waves surfing competition.

The quiet, unassuming island of Calicoan came to life today as the competition proper of the 9th Guiuan Odyssey Waves started with the Men’s Open Shortboard Division. Visitors from neighbouring towns and cities came in droves—clearly excited about seeing how top surfers from different areas in the Philippines would surf their beloved Calicoan waves.

Today’s outstanding performance came early in Heat 4 of Round 1. Tricky wave conditions produced by onshore winds tested our competitors’ wave-reading ability. Goofy-footer Edwin Uriarte from Pacifico, Siargao Island stood out with a total heat score of 15.00, the highest in Round 1 of the Men’s Open Shortboard Division.

Uriarte bested fellow Siargaonon AJ Antipasado midway through the heat when he rode a wave that gave him 8.17 points, leaving Antipasado in a combo situation needing 15.01 points to bring him back to first place. Uriarte’s fourth wave was also the highest wave score of the day.

“I stayed calm and just waited for the right sets to come.” said a cheerful Uriarte when asked about his best wave of that heat that propelled him forward.

“It’s my first time here in Calicoan. I’m just so happy to be here and to be able to surf the waves here. It’s amazing, feels a bit like home!” Uriarte added. 

Fellow Siargaonons and goofy-footers Edwin Uriarte (white) and AJ Antipasado (red) congratulate each other after their epic heat win on the first day of the 9th Guiuan Odyssey Waves.

Dubbed as the ‘new north’, Pacifico is slowly gaining popularity as the next idyllic surf destination in the island of Siargao. Pacifico is known for rolling lefts that grow in size when the conditions are right. 

“I made sure I practised every day back home in Pacifico. I was excited about the second leg of the Philippine Surfing Championship Tour (PSCT) because it’s a left-hander!” Uriarte said. This second leg is the first time PSCT is holding a tour with a predominantly left-breaking wave since its first tour in 2017.

Being the first PSCT event ever to be held in the Visayas, this second leg of the national tour had the most number of Visayan surfers competing. “PSCT gladly welcomes all the first-time competitors, especially our brothers and sisters from the Visayas,” says PSCT president Luke Landrigan. 

“I’m sure the judges and especially the locals are in for a treat seeing their best surfers compete,” Landrigan added. 

Conditions look promising for the second day of the 9th Guiuan Odyssey Waves surfing competition. The continuation of Men’s Open Shortboard Division and Men’s Longboard will run tomorrow with a possible start for the Women’s Shortboard Division.

Siargao’s Aj Antipasado looking comfortable on a cutback during his heat in today’s first round of the Men’s Open Shortboard Division.

The 9th Guiuan Odyssey Waves is made possible by the local government unit of Guiuan thru Mayor Annaliza P. Gonzales-Kwan, Vice Mayor Veronica Cabacaba- Ramirez, the Sangguniang Bayan Members and the Department of Tourism Region 8. With the support of the Philippine Sports Commission, Guiuan Water District, Gwapitos, Kudo Surf, Cebu Pacific, Fat Lips Surf Shop, ABS-CBN Sports and Action, CNN Philippines, ANCx,, Metro Channel, Inq Pop, Fluidsurf, My Life on Board, PAGCOR, VANS Philippines, Maui and Sons, Be Siargao MagazineDWIZ, Balay Pacifico, ABCD Surf, and Calicoan Classics

Daryl Delgado from General Luna in Siargao Island.

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, PSCT celebrates 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.

Surfers await their heats under idyllic palm-fringed tropical tents in Calicoan Island, Guiuan for the 9th Guiuan Odyssey Waves surfing competition.

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