Impressive Wahine and Men’s Shortboard Performances Fill Day 2 of the 9th Guiuan Odyssey Waves
by Ferina Santos
Calicoan Island, Guiuan — The second day of the 9th Guiuan Odyssey Waves opened with Round 2 of the Men’s Open Shortboard. Yesterday’s top performer, Edwin Uriarte from Pacifico, Siargao Island again ruled the second round with the highest total heat score of 10.50.
His hard work paid off as he showed prowess on Calicoan’s left-breaking waves. “I try to remain calm and be patient” the goofy-footer explains. “Patience is a good strategy” Uriarte adds. The 18-year-old goofy-footer is undoubtedly one to watch out for when he competes against the seeded surfers in Round 4.
It was the women’s turn to ride the waves as we headed immediately into the quarterfinals of the Women’s Open Shortboard. Up-and-coming wahine Vea Estrellado from Gubat, Sorsogon surprised everyone with her skills and adept wave-reading ability with the conditions this morning.
The fifteen-year-old first joined the Philippine Surfing Championship Tour (PSCT) back in 2017 in San Juan, La Union and won second place in the 2017 Reef Pro La Union. Stopping for a year due to financial constraints, Estrellado is back on tour and is hungry to score.
“I was a bit scared going into my heat because I was up with the likes of veteran surfers like Daisy Valdez of La Union,” says Estrellado. The unassuming wahine was surprised to learn that she got the highest heat and single-wave scores of that round.
“It’s my dream to make it to the Philippine Team” beams a shy Estrellado when asked about her plans for the future. To those who have seen her perform in other surfing competitions, Estrellado is the surfer to watch out for in the coming seasons.
After taking a quick break, the competition resumed midday with the offshore wind favouring the competition causing the waves to become cleaner—perfect for continuing with the Men’s Open Shortboard. Round 3 proved to be exciting as top surfers were seeded together with those who advanced from previous rounds.
The last heat of Round 3 had Siargaonons John Mark Tokong and PJ Alipayo versus La Union boys Marven Abat and Francisco Nunag. Towards the end of the heat, it was clear that Tokong claimed first place with Abat in second, showing us impressive backside maneuvers.
Fresh from his win in the recent 25th Siargao Surfing Cup, a WSL QS-1500 event, John Mark “Marama” Tokong posted the highest total heat score of 14.25 points and single-wave score of 8.25 points.
We’re excited to see how the third day of the 9th Guiuan Odyssey Waves surfing competition will turn out. As the wave conditions grow to more promising each day, we’re hopeful to see more surprises from the Philippines’ best surfers.
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 Magazine, DWIZ, Balay Pacifico, ABCD Surf, and Calicoan Classics.
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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