1. Epic Finals Day Surfing and Surprise Champions Shake Up Title Race in La Union
  2. Upsets and Comebacks—Underdogs Take the Lead in Day 4 of the La Union Pro
  3. Pagudpud Surfer Displays Shortboarding Prowess on Day Three
  4. Wahines and Juniors Serve High-Performance Shortboarding on Day Two
  5. Day One of the La Union Pro Opens with Non-stop Longboard Action
  6. New Champions Crowned in Guiuan, Title Race Continues in La Union
  7. The Men and Juniors Take It To the Skies with Epic Shortboarding on Day 4
  8. Sunny Skies and High Fives—Progressive Longboarding Heats Up Day 3 Of the 9th Guiuan Odyssey Waves
  9. Impressive Wahine and Men’s Shortboard Performances Fill Day 2 of the 9th Guiuan Odyssey Waves
  10. Pacifico Surfer Shines on the First Day of the 9th Guiuan Odyssey Waves
  11. Professional Surfing Returns to Guiuan
  12. All About Lefts On The Second Leg of PSCT
  13. Siargao Secures Future of Surfing During the Awarding Ceremony
  14. Piso Alcala and Marven Delamide Champions of the 21st National Siargao Surfing Cup
  15. Aerials, Barrels and More-Action Intensifies on Day 4 of the 21st Siargao National Surfing Cup
  16. Upsets and Surprises Fill Up Day 3 of the 21st National Siargao Surfing Cup
  17. Grommets Ruled Day 2 of the 21st National Siargao Surfing Cup
  18. 21st Siargao National Surfing Cup Opens With PH’s Best Surfers
  19. The 21st Siargao National Surfing Cup is Here
  20. Road to Tokyo 2020
  21. 2018 PSCT GRAND CHAMPIONS AWARDED IN ILOCOS SUR
  22. SIARGAO SURFERS CLAIM SWEET VICTORY IN CABUGAO
  23. BIG BLUE BEHEMOTHS AT THE 4TH DAY OF THE ILOCOS SURF NATIONAL SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS
  24. THE 2018 ILOCOS SURF NATIONAL SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS OPEN WITH IMPRESSIVE LONGBOARDING ACTION
  25. THE CALL OF KIDO’S POINT
  26. HARD-FOUGHT WINS AT THE 16TH LANUZA SURFING FESTIVAL
  27. TOP ACTION AS MEN’S OPEN SHORTBOARD GETS CLOSER TO QUARTERFINALS
  28. JUNIORS AND WOMEN RULED THE 4TH DAY OF THE 16TH LANUZA SURFING FESTIVAL
Sunday, December 15, 2019
  1. Epic Finals Day Surfing and Surprise Champions Shake Up Title Race in La Union
  2. Upsets and Comebacks—Underdogs Take the Lead in Day 4 of the La Union Pro
  3. Pagudpud Surfer Displays Shortboarding Prowess on Day Three
  4. Wahines and Juniors Serve High-Performance Shortboarding on Day Two
  5. Day One of the La Union Pro Opens with Non-stop Longboard Action
  6. New Champions Crowned in Guiuan, Title Race Continues in La Union
  7. The Men and Juniors Take It To the Skies with Epic Shortboarding on Day 4
  8. Sunny Skies and High Fives—Progressive Longboarding Heats Up Day 3 Of the 9th Guiuan Odyssey Waves
  9. Impressive Wahine and Men’s Shortboard Performances Fill Day 2 of the 9th Guiuan Odyssey Waves
  10. Pacifico Surfer Shines on the First Day of the 9th Guiuan Odyssey Waves
  11. Professional Surfing Returns to Guiuan
  12. All About Lefts On The Second Leg of PSCT
  13. Siargao Secures Future of Surfing During the Awarding Ceremony
  14. Piso Alcala and Marven Delamide Champions of the 21st National Siargao Surfing Cup
  15. Aerials, Barrels and More-Action Intensifies on Day 4 of the 21st Siargao National Surfing Cup
  16. Upsets and Surprises Fill Up Day 3 of the 21st National Siargao Surfing Cup
  17. Grommets Ruled Day 2 of the 21st National Siargao Surfing Cup
  18. 21st Siargao National Surfing Cup Opens With PH’s Best Surfers
  19. The 21st Siargao National Surfing Cup is Here
  20. Road to Tokyo 2020
  21. 2018 PSCT GRAND CHAMPIONS AWARDED IN ILOCOS SUR
  22. SIARGAO SURFERS CLAIM SWEET VICTORY IN CABUGAO
  23. BIG BLUE BEHEMOTHS AT THE 4TH DAY OF THE ILOCOS SURF NATIONAL SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS
  24. THE 2018 ILOCOS SURF NATIONAL SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS OPEN WITH IMPRESSIVE LONGBOARDING ACTION
  25. THE CALL OF KIDO’S POINT
  26. HARD-FOUGHT WINS AT THE 16TH LANUZA SURFING FESTIVAL
  27. TOP ACTION AS MEN’S OPEN SHORTBOARD GETS CLOSER TO QUARTERFINALS
  28. JUNIORS AND WOMEN RULED THE 4TH DAY OF THE 16TH LANUZA SURFING FESTIVAL

Day One of the La Union Pro Opens with Non-stop Longboard Action

 

by Ferina Santos

Monaliza’s Point in San Juan, La Union was today’s playground for the top surfers of the Philippines for the La Union Pro 2019.

 

La Union—the surfing capital of the north and home of longboarding in the Philippines, has its shores graced once again by the country’s top surfers. The Philippine Surfing Championship Tour (PSCT) kicked off the La Union Pro 2019 with a total of 141 surfers from 11 provinces all over the Philippines.

Sunny skies and glassy two-foot waves perfect for longboarding paved the way for back-to-back heats for the Men’s and Women’s Open Longboard divisions. Round One of the Men’s Open Longboard saw one of La Union’s established local surfer, Christopher Par, with the highest total heat score of 10.00 points.

Roger Casugay, who won the championship for the Men’s Open Longboard in the recently concluded Guiuan Odyssey Waves in Calicoan, had the highest total heat score of 12.85 points in the second round. 

 

Peace and smiles for Roger Casugay (La Union) as he walks back to shore.

The afternoon was the women’s turn to show off their longboarding prowess. Siargao’s rising longboarder Jevy Mae “Ikit” Agudo posted the highest scores for the Women’s Open Longboard quarterfinals with the highest heat total of 10.70 points and a single-wave score of 6.25 points.

“I’m so thrilled!” a speechless Agudo responds after hearing about her scores.  “The waves weren’t exactly ideal, but I did my best out there.” Competing in the longboard division since 2017, Agudo hopes to continue her momentum up until finals day. 

“What I love about La Union is the quality and skills of the longboarders are so admirable. I always learn something new whenever I surf here.” Agudo says.

 

Jevy Mae “Ikit” Agudo (Siargao) shines in today’s quarterfinals by posting the highest scores for both combined heat total and single-wave.

 

The clincher for the afternoon came in the fifth heat of Round Three of the Men’s Open Longboard. Twenty-one-year-old Rico Dumaguin posted the highest total heat and single-wave score of 13.00 points and 7.25 points respectively.

“I was thrilled when I heard those scores during my heat earlier.” says the jolly La Union local. “It feels so good to get a score like that here in my home break,” Dumaguin adds.

 

Rico Dumaguin (La Union) posts the highest combined total and single wave in Round Three of the Men’s Open Longboard.

“Even with the pressure of competing, it’s great to compete against my friends who are equally great surfers”. Professionally competing since the start of PSCT in 2017, Dumaguin’s goal is to make it to the country’s top four. “I’m in the top 9, and it’s my goal to make it to the Philippine Team,” Dumaguin adds.

This year’s stop in La Union is a special one as the competition pays tribute to the late Ronnie “Poks” Esquivel. The country’s one-legged surfer gained popularity through his inspiring life story.

 

Reynie Ventura (La Union) shows his knowledge and prowess on the wave.

 

Born with one leg, Poks became an icon to surfers and non-surfers alike by his passion, zeal and distinct surfing style. Poks placed La Union on the surfing map when he successfully competed here and abroad. He inspired a lot—most notably, his younger brother, Jay-r Esquivel, the country’s top-performing surfer.

“He taught me how to surf when I was younger. We always surfed together, and I’m sure if he were still here, we’d be travelling and competing together. He’s my biggest inspiration, and I’m glad he inspired a lot more people during his lifetime.” Jay-r says.

 

Philippines’ top surfer, Jay-r Esquivel (La Union), shows ease and control during his heat.

 

The La Union Pro 2019 is presented by the provincial government unit of La Union, Funky Quarters, Gwapitos, and Mad Monkeys. With the support of Kudo Surf, Cebu Pacific, Havaianas Philippines, Fat Lips Surf Shop, ABS-CBN Sports and Action, CNN Philippines, ANCx, Inquirer.net, Metro Channel, Tagpuan sa San Juan, Clean Beach, Olas Banditos, Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel, Seabuds La Union, Inq Pop, Fluidsurf, Be Siargao, PAGCOR, VANS Philippines, Maui and Sons, Beach Hut, DWIZ, My Life on Board, Fluidsurf, Heineken, and Surftown La Union.

 

Surfer’s briefing at San Juan Surf Resort.

 

The Philippine Surfing Championship Tour 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.

 

Aaron Forcadilla (Siargao) has his full focus on while keeping his toes on the nose.

 

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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