Saturday, November 16, 2019

The Men and Juniors Take It To the Skies with Epic Shortboarding  on Day 4

by Ferina Santos

Philmar Alipayo (Siargao)

Shortboard action fills up the fourth day of the 9th Guiuan Odyssey Waves with the continuation of the Men’s Open Shortboard and Juniors Shortboard. It was a full day for our male short boarders as heats ran back-to-back. With clear skies and glassy waves, it was a pleasurable afternoon to watch under the warm tropical sun.

Outstanding performances in the Juniors were during the semis and quarterfinals where 2019 Siargao Juniors Shortboard champion Marbin Delamide posted the highest single-wave score of 7.25 points on his opening wave.

“I’m thrilled I got to complete the air reverse on my first wave,” a beaming Marbin said. “I want to do critical airs to get larger points,” he adds. Marbin was up against fellow Siargaonons Charlie Arjona and 15th Lanuza Surfing Festival Juniors Champion, Gabriel Lerog. 

Jayr Esquivel (La Union)

The second heat of the Junior Shortboard Quarterfinals had top contender Benjomar Canon, John Carlos Noguerra and Lemar Delamide, Marbin’s cousin. Noguerra executed impressive technique but failed to progress to the next round, leaving Canon and Lemar to battle it out in the semi-finals.

“I thought I wasn’t going to make it to the semis,” a grateful Lemar said when asked how his heat went. “I didn’t feel that I was winning until after they announced the results at the end of the heat.”

The Juniors Shortboard semi-finals will be an exciting one to watch fellow  Siargaonons Benjomar Canon, Marbin Delamide, Lemar Delamide and Gabriel Lerog battle it out in the water.

John Carlos Noguerra (Siargao)

Meanwhile, goofy-footer Philmar Alipayo (Siargao) displayed one of the most impressive performances in the Men’s Open Shortboard quarterfinals. Riding only four waves in the 20-minute heat, Alipayo posted the highest total heat score of 15.00 points.

A perfect combination of set waves, powerful verticals and critical maneuvers rewarded him with the highest single-wave score of 8.00 points. “The waves were perfect during my heat, and I was just waiting for the perfect wave to come,” Alipayo said.

Alipayo battled against Neil Sanchez (Baler) who previously grabbed the championship from Alipayo during the 15th Lanuza Surfing Festival and the 2017 Oakley Pro Baler.

John Joey Agasa (Zambales)

“It was an advantage for Philmar because he’s already an excellent surfer and the waves here are favouring his front side,” said Sanchez.

“When you know you’re up against a former PSCT grand champion, you need to fight for the win and do your best,” Sanchez adds. “That’s all we’re here to do anyway—our best.”

Not one to back down, Sanchez gave a major exchange of maneuvers on his frontside during his heat with Alipayo. With the clock ticking and priority over, Sanchez tried his best to get the score he needed to progress but fell short as his best wave of 6.50 points, wasn’t enough to get him through.

“I’m looking forward to the PSCT leg in La Union this November. The waves will be a definite advantage to the regular-foot surfers.” Sanchez said.

It’s going to be an epic fifth day with the semi-finals of the 9th Guiuan Odyssey Waves. If the wave conditions are right, we’re looking forward to watching the heats of Edito “Piso” Alcala Jr (Siargao) versus Jay-r Esquivel (La Union) and John Mark “Marama” Tokong versus Philmar Alipayo both from Siargao.

Gabriel Lerog (Siargao)

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, Inquirer.net, 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.

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.

Gabriel Lerog (Siargao)

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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