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

Pacifico Surfer Shines on the First Day of the 9th Guiuan Odyssey Waves

by Ferina Santos

Edwin Uriarte from Pacifico, Siargao Island goes for a backside cutback during his heat in the 9th Guiuan Odyssey Waves surfing competition.

The quiet, unassuming island of Calicoan came to life today as the competition proper of the 9th Guiuan Odyssey Waves started with the Men’s Open Shortboard Division. Visitors from neighbouring towns and cities came in droves—clearly excited about seeing how top surfers from different areas in the Philippines would surf their beloved Calicoan waves.

Today’s outstanding performance came early in Heat 4 of Round 1. Tricky wave conditions produced by onshore winds tested our competitors’ wave-reading ability. Goofy-footer Edwin Uriarte from Pacifico, Siargao Island stood out with a total heat score of 15.00, the highest in Round 1 of the Men’s Open Shortboard Division.

Uriarte bested fellow Siargaonon AJ Antipasado midway through the heat when he rode a wave that gave him 8.17 points, leaving Antipasado in a combo situation needing 15.01 points to bring him back to first place. Uriarte’s fourth wave was also the highest wave score of the day.

“I stayed calm and just waited for the right sets to come.” said a cheerful Uriarte when asked about his best wave of that heat that propelled him forward.

“It’s my first time here in Calicoan. I’m just so happy to be here and to be able to surf the waves here. It’s amazing, feels a bit like home!” Uriarte added. 

Fellow Siargaonons and goofy-footers Edwin Uriarte (white) and AJ Antipasado (red) congratulate each other after their epic heat win on the first day of the 9th Guiuan Odyssey Waves.

Dubbed as the ‘new north’, Pacifico is slowly gaining popularity as the next idyllic surf destination in the island of Siargao. Pacifico is known for rolling lefts that grow in size when the conditions are right. 

“I made sure I practised every day back home in Pacifico. I was excited about the second leg of the Philippine Surfing Championship Tour (PSCT) because it’s a left-hander!” Uriarte said. This second leg is the first time PSCT is holding a tour with a predominantly left-breaking wave since its first tour in 2017.

Being the first PSCT event ever to be held in the Visayas, this second leg of the national tour had the most number of Visayan surfers competing. “PSCT gladly welcomes all the first-time competitors, especially our brothers and sisters from the Visayas,” says PSCT president Luke Landrigan. 

“I’m sure the judges and especially the locals are in for a treat seeing their best surfers compete,” Landrigan added. 

Conditions look promising for the second day of the 9th Guiuan Odyssey Waves surfing competition. The continuation of Men’s Open Shortboard Division and Men’s Longboard will run tomorrow with a possible start for the Women’s Shortboard Division.

Siargao’s Aj Antipasado looking comfortable on a cutback during his heat in today’s first round of the Men’s Open Shortboard Division.

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

Daryl Delgado from General Luna in Siargao Island.

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.

Surfers await their heats under idyllic palm-fringed tropical tents in Calicoan Island, Guiuan for the 9th Guiuan Odyssey Waves surfing competition.

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