Saturday, November 16, 2019

Sunny Skies and High Fives—Progressive Longboarding Heats Up Day 3 Of the 9th Guiuan Odyssey Waves

by Ferina Santos

Jay-r Esquivel shows us why he’s the top longboarder of the Philipines

It was an excellent day for longboarding, with the sunny weather pitching in to boost the mood for the third day of the 9th Guiuan Odyssey Waves surfing competition.  

Round one of the Men’s Open Longboard commenced with impressive surfing from La Union, Siargao, Lanuza and Samar. Philippine team representative Jay-r Esquivel stole the show from his first heat posting a total heat score of 12.50 points.

The wahines then took to the ocean by showing the judge and the audience progressive longboarding, especially by champion Daisy Valdez from La Union. Another standout from the Women’s Open Longboarding quarterfinals was Gubat surfer Vea Estrellado who was also up against Valdez in the shortboard category previously.  Valdez and Estrellado posted scores of 7.60 and 7.50 respectively, advancing into the semi-finals.

People flock to the most entertaining surfers of the heat amongst the Men’s Open Longboard.

After taking a break to wait for the tide to rise, the afternoon session was packed with intense longboard action with the first heat of Round 2 of the Men’s Open Longboard. La Union surfers Jefferson Dela Torre and Jay-r Esquivel bested former longboard champions Mark Aguila of Baler and Loynex Ruina of Lanuza, Surigao del Sur.

The second heat of Round 2 was a La Union heat where Harold Ducusin and Roger Casugay advance to the quarterfinals over fellow La Union surfers Marven Abat and Rico Dumaguin. The third heat featured cross-over surfer Philmar Alipayo joining the longboard division for the first time in PSCT history, advancing to the quarterfinals with Benito Nerida of La Union.

The rest of the sunny Calicoan Island afternoon was devoted to intense longboarding performances for the quarterfinals of the Men’s Open Longboard. Previously, the La Union surfers ruled the quarterfinals until cross-over surfer Philmar Alipayo demonstrated his versatility on the longboard that enabled his entry to the money round and at the same time, entertaining the crowd and judges at the beach.

“He’s greatly improved!” said a smiling Jefferson Dela Torre when asked about Alipayo’s performance this afternoon. Known for his ability to hold hang fives and tens, Dela Torre advances off into the semi-finals with fellow La Union surfer Roger Casugay who won the second heat.

“I keep wiping out, but it was a great heat” laughs Philmar Alipayo as he heads back to the shore with Dela Torre and Esquivel. 

Mark Aguila of Baler hangs ten during his heat during the 9th Guiuan Odyssey Waves

“It’s great to see top shortboarders like Philmar join the longboard division. It’s always so much fun to see more people be part of the longboarding community here in the Philippines and in PSCT.” said Esquivel who showed significant progression in his longboarding by doing critical maneuvers which gave him wave scores beyond the 6.00 point range, enabling him to get a total heat score of 14.85 points—the highest we’ve seen in the competition so far.

“It feels good. It was all fun in the water, especially in my heat, we were all laughing at each other .” Esquivel adds.

Day 3 of the 9th Guiuan Odyssey Waves ended with lots of laughter and great performances from our top-ranking longboarders, enough to keep the audience on their toes for the semi-finals.

The competition resumes tomorrow at 9:00 am with the Juniors Shortboard and continuation of the Men’s and Women’s Open Longboard.

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

Jefferson Dela Torre of La Union greets Jay-r Esquivel after their heat.

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.

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