1. 2019 PSCT Tour Notes: Results, Repeats, and Runaway Victories
  2. 5 Reasons Why We Can’t Stop Talking About Day 4 of the Surf in the City Competition
  3. Valdez Clinches the Longboard Title Early While Casugay Sits Out the Semifinals
  4. Why It Takes a Tour and Technicality to Make a Champion
  5. A New Regime for the Birthplace of Visayan Surfing
  6. ‘Surf in the City’ Opens as Borongan’s Biggest Event in 2019
  7. Epic Finals Day Surfing and Surprise Champions Shake Up Title Race in La Union
  8. Upsets and Comebacks—Underdogs Take the Lead in Day 4 of the La Union Pro
  9. Pagudpud Surfer Displays Shortboarding Prowess on Day Three
  10. Wahines and Juniors Serve High-Performance Shortboarding on Day Two
  11. Day One of the La Union Pro Opens with Non-stop Longboard Action
  12. New Champions Crowned in Guiuan, Title Race Continues in La Union
  13. The Men and Juniors Take It To the Skies with Epic Shortboarding on Day 4
  14. Sunny Skies and High Fives—Progressive Longboarding Heats Up Day 3 Of the 9th Guiuan Odyssey Waves
  15. Impressive Wahine and Men’s Shortboard Performances Fill Day 2 of the 9th Guiuan Odyssey Waves
  16. Pacifico Surfer Shines on the First Day of the 9th Guiuan Odyssey Waves
  17. Professional Surfing Returns to Guiuan
  18. All About Lefts On The Second Leg of PSCT
  19. Siargao Secures Future of Surfing During the Awarding Ceremony
  20. Piso Alcala and Marven Delamide Champions of the 21st National Siargao Surfing Cup
  21. Aerials, Barrels and More-Action Intensifies on Day 4 of the 21st Siargao National Surfing Cup
  22. Upsets and Surprises Fill Up Day 3 of the 21st National Siargao Surfing Cup
  23. Grommets Ruled Day 2 of the 21st National Siargao Surfing Cup
  24. 21st Siargao National Surfing Cup Opens With PH’s Best Surfers
  25. The 21st Siargao National Surfing Cup is Here
  26. Road to Tokyo 2020
  27. 2018 PSCT GRAND CHAMPIONS AWARDED IN ILOCOS SUR
  28. SIARGAO SURFERS CLAIM SWEET VICTORY IN CABUGAO
  29. BIG BLUE BEHEMOTHS AT THE 4TH DAY OF THE ILOCOS SURF NATIONAL SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS
  30. THE 2018 ILOCOS SURF NATIONAL SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS OPEN WITH IMPRESSIVE LONGBOARDING ACTION
  31. THE CALL OF KIDO’S POINT
  32. HARD-FOUGHT WINS AT THE 16TH LANUZA SURFING FESTIVAL
  33. TOP ACTION AS MEN’S OPEN SHORTBOARD GETS CLOSER TO QUARTERFINALS
  34. JUNIORS AND WOMEN RULED THE 4TH DAY OF THE 16TH LANUZA SURFING FESTIVAL
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
  1. 2019 PSCT Tour Notes: Results, Repeats, and Runaway Victories
  2. 5 Reasons Why We Can’t Stop Talking About Day 4 of the Surf in the City Competition
  3. Valdez Clinches the Longboard Title Early While Casugay Sits Out the Semifinals
  4. Why It Takes a Tour and Technicality to Make a Champion
  5. A New Regime for the Birthplace of Visayan Surfing
  6. ‘Surf in the City’ Opens as Borongan’s Biggest Event in 2019
  7. Epic Finals Day Surfing and Surprise Champions Shake Up Title Race in La Union
  8. Upsets and Comebacks—Underdogs Take the Lead in Day 4 of the La Union Pro
  9. Pagudpud Surfer Displays Shortboarding Prowess on Day Three
  10. Wahines and Juniors Serve High-Performance Shortboarding on Day Two
  11. Day One of the La Union Pro Opens with Non-stop Longboard Action
  12. New Champions Crowned in Guiuan, Title Race Continues in La Union
  13. The Men and Juniors Take It To the Skies with Epic Shortboarding on Day 4
  14. Sunny Skies and High Fives—Progressive Longboarding Heats Up Day 3 Of the 9th Guiuan Odyssey Waves
  15. Impressive Wahine and Men’s Shortboard Performances Fill Day 2 of the 9th Guiuan Odyssey Waves
  16. Pacifico Surfer Shines on the First Day of the 9th Guiuan Odyssey Waves
  17. Professional Surfing Returns to Guiuan
  18. All About Lefts On The Second Leg of PSCT
  19. Siargao Secures Future of Surfing During the Awarding Ceremony
  20. Piso Alcala and Marven Delamide Champions of the 21st National Siargao Surfing Cup
  21. Aerials, Barrels and More-Action Intensifies on Day 4 of the 21st Siargao National Surfing Cup
  22. Upsets and Surprises Fill Up Day 3 of the 21st National Siargao Surfing Cup
  23. Grommets Ruled Day 2 of the 21st National Siargao Surfing Cup
  24. 21st Siargao National Surfing Cup Opens With PH’s Best Surfers
  25. The 21st Siargao National Surfing Cup is Here
  26. Road to Tokyo 2020
  27. 2018 PSCT GRAND CHAMPIONS AWARDED IN ILOCOS SUR
  28. SIARGAO SURFERS CLAIM SWEET VICTORY IN CABUGAO
  29. BIG BLUE BEHEMOTHS AT THE 4TH DAY OF THE ILOCOS SURF NATIONAL SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS
  30. THE 2018 ILOCOS SURF NATIONAL SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS OPEN WITH IMPRESSIVE LONGBOARDING ACTION
  31. THE CALL OF KIDO’S POINT
  32. HARD-FOUGHT WINS AT THE 16TH LANUZA SURFING FESTIVAL
  33. TOP ACTION AS MEN’S OPEN SHORTBOARD GETS CLOSER TO QUARTERFINALS
  34. JUNIORS AND WOMEN RULED THE 4TH DAY OF THE 16TH LANUZA SURFING FESTIVAL
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Marionil Capacite, the 11-year old surfing wunderkind from Borongan.

BORONGAN, Eastern Samar – After their momentous victories in the Southeast Asian Games held in San Juan, La Union, our medalists made their way to Borongan, the birthplace of surfing in the Visayas region, along with over 100 official competitors for the final leg of the Philippine Surfing Championship Tour. 41 surfers from the Samar region registered for ‘Surf in the City,’ with 27 hopefuls coming from the host town.

Day 1 Highlights

The day began with cool northeast winds sweeping across the Baybay Boulevard and the competition opened with the Men’s Longboard division. The judges’ tower was situated in the middle of the vast pebbled beach that fronted the 1.5-kilometer baywalk and the surfers got to choose which peak would best display their prowess in traditional and progressive longboarding.

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Marven Abat from La Union noserides in tricky conditions.

The 2-foot wind-chopped sections and crumbling reform made it challenging to achieve scores above 3 to 4, however, this did not stop Lanuza local Loynex Ruina from posting the highest single-wave score of 6.83 at the end of Round 1. Meanwhile, it was rising La Union star Jomarie Ebueza who bagged the highest total heat score of 12.57 as he displayed complete control and smooth utilization of his longboard in shifting waves.

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SEA Games silver medalist Ikit Agudo displays style and grace in choppy surf.

The Women’s Longboard division followed as pockets of rain lengthened the lulls in between the sets. Bronze medalist Daisy Valdez grabbed the highest total heat score of 9.50 by showing expert wave selection while young gun Vea Estrellado from Sorsogon impressed the judges and the crowd with the highest single-wave score of 5.70 in the women’s longboard division.

The audience swelled in size toward the late afternoon and numerous Borongan residents and visitors flocked to the baywalk in time to watch the Juniors Shortboard division, which was the most exciting event of the day. The wind had caused the waves to pick up a notch, providing the juniors with more sizeable sets and power for more critical maneuvers.

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Gubat’s gem, Vea Estrellado.

Gabriel Lerog from Siargao continues to sit comfortably at the #1 spot in the Juniors Shortboard division as his surfing remained a class above the rest. With dominating single-wave scores in the 6.10 and the 5.83 regions, he also clinched the highest heat score of 11.93. However, the likes of Noah Arkfeld, John Carlos Noguerra, and Marbin and Lemar Delamide are hot on his tracks.

In the middle of the Juniors Shortboard action, it was 11-year old Borongan native, Marionil Capacite, who stole the show. He chased Noah Arkfeld’s early lead with smooth cutbacks and sharp re-entries, punctuated by cheers and applause from the hometown crowd. Arkfeld, who had recently won the Juniors Shortboard competition in the previous PSCT leg in La Union, could not read the Boulevard’s winding sections as well as the tiny goofy-footer could.

Marionil, fondly known as “Nano,” will be advancing to the next round where he will try his luck against more seasoned competitors.

All eyes on Borongan and its 20-year legacy

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Borongan takes its name after the Waray word, ‘borong,’ meaning fog.

Nano’s victory in Round 1 shines a new light on the state of surfing in Borongan and the entire Visayan region. After almost two decades of surf spot regulation and preparation for development, Borongan is finally ready to take part in the country’s growing surf tourism industry.

“We owe it to the new generation of surfers to uplift the state of surfing in Samar,” says pioneer surfer Atty. Bryan Lassiter. “We want to raise the bar of surf competitions here so that it may also inspire our locals to surf more and surf better.”

Lassiter witnessed the birth of surfing in Borongan in the mid-90s, and together with a handful of other surfers such as Abdel Elecho, he was part of a grassroots movement that personified a life devoted to “The Search.”

“We would ride the bus with our boards without knowing whether there will be waves in a spot or not,” recalls Carlos “Coyote” Aga Jr., who began surfing after he graduated with a degree in Economics. “I was a late grommet [laughs]. But I dropped everything to surf. We went wherever the road took us.”

Indeed, there were many world-class waves in Samar and their power and beauty were worth protecting, which resulted in years of secrecy between the locals. It was this strict regulation among their surf community that also restricted the progression of their surfers.

“Kids these days only look up to me or my peers,” says Lassiter. “Imagine how they reacted now that they have seen what surfers like Marama could do on a wave right here in Borongan.”

“As pioneering members of the surf community, it is our duty to guide the new surfers today,” remarks Bjorn Dizon Pabon, whose company, Fluidsurf, sponsored the first-ever national surf competition in Samar way back in 2000.

“The Eastern Samar Inaugural Surfing Crown was the first surf competition that had proper lycra jerseys for the competitors,” shares Pabon. “And now, look at where we are: Surf in the City is the first national surf competition with a proper live stream broadcast!”

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There are about 6 surf spots in Borongan City alone.

Today, Borongan remains relatively unknown compared to its southernmost cousin, Calicoan in Guiuan, Eastern Samar. Perhaps fate got in the way of Borongan’s claim to fame when the waves did not show up in time for the Inaugural Surfing Crown, which was originally set in Baybay Boulevard.

“We were forced to reveal one of our secret spots,” laughs Coyote. “We traveled to Calicoan, which was hours away, and saw that the waves were pumping so we held the first-ever national surfing contest in Samar there.”

What could be in the future of surfing in Borongan? Could the Visayan region bring home a medal of its own? These are the questions that Surf in the City is poised to answer. In a few more days, the 2019 PSCT grand champions will be crowned right in this Boulevard. History will once again be made in what is considered to be the final frontier for surfing in the Philippines.

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Written by Camille Pilar | Photos by Gabs Batallones

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About Surf in the City

The Surf in the City Festival is a PSCT-sanctioned event brought to you by the City Government of Borongan, the Surfriders Club of Eastern Samar (SCES), the Department of Tourism (DOT), the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, and Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines Inc.

About PSCT

The Philippine Surfing Championship Tour is a 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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