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

Wahines and Juniors Serve High-Performance Shortboarding on Day Two

by Ferina Santos

Gabriel Lerog (Siargao) defies gravity once again.

Day Two opened with a relaxed and exciting atmosphere—the waves were promising with clean sets coming. After the back-to-back longboarding action yesterday, it was the juniors and wahines that took the spotlight.

Finishing the first two rounds of the Juniors Shortboard Division was enough proof that the future of Philippine surfing is glowing brightly. 2018 PSCT junior grand champion Gabriel Lerog (Siargao) bagged the highest combined total while sharing the highest single-wave score with fellow Siargaonon John Carlo Noguerra in the first round.

For the second round, Lerog once again demonstrated his aerial prowess by consistently delivering reverse aerials for the crowd and judges to enjoy. He was rewarded with the highest combined total score of 11.95 points and single-wave score of 7.25 points—the highest score of the day.

Gabriel Lerog (Siargao) posted the highest combined total and single-wave score for the first two rounds of Juniors Shortboard.

Lerog was ecstatic to hear the scores post-heat. “I’m glad about how the heats turned out even if I pulled a reverse before the buzzer sounded, I thought the competition had started.” he laughs.

The Women’s Open Shortboard Division opened with the quarterfinals, and reigning longboard queen Daisy Valdez (La Union) had the highest combined total of 10.15 points while Nilbie Blancada (Siargao), Philippines’ number one shortboarder, had the highest single-wave score of 6.25 points on her opening wave.

The La Union Pro 2019 marked Blancada’s return to professional surfing after a short hiatus. By the quality of her surfing, it didn’t seem like she took some time off. 

Nilbie Blancada (Siargao) is all smiles after her comeback heat in La Union Pro 2019.

“I’m overwhelmed! I love the feeling of competing, and I’m so happy to be back!” a beaming Blancada exclaims. “The feeling’s incomparable!” she adds.

Blancada won the coveted crown of the Asian Surfing Champion four years ago; making her the first Filipina surfing champion and 2016 Asian surfing champion.

“I’m excited about the incoming swell. I hope it barrels because that’s what I’m used to and what I want to do!” Blancada said. 

 

Tricky conditions proved Daisy Valdez’ (La Union) familiarity and skill in today’s Women’s Open Shortboard.

 

Reigning longboard champion of the Philippines Daisy Valdez shares the same joy in Blancada’s comeback. “We’ve been surfing since way back, and we’re good friends. It’s great to see her back in the lineup again,” Valdez adds.

“Competitions are serious, but competing with Nilbie is like competing with a friend. We don’t take ourselves too seriously, but we take our surfing seriously,” Valdez jests.

Paving the way for the younger generation of Filipina surfers, Valdez hopes for more opportunities to impart her knowledge to the growing number of wahines competing. “I hope that they learn from their ‘Ates’ in the water and they continue improving the level of surfing here in the Philippines.” 

The juniors from round 1 heat 4 on their way to the lineup. L-R: Kurt Justine Carbonell (La Union), Marbin Delamide (Siargao), Noah Arkfeld (Siargao, and Benjomar Canon (Siargao).

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.

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.

The jersey station for La Union Pro is decked with support from our sponsors Havainas Philippines, Cebu Pacific, Maui and Sons, and Fluidsurf.

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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