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, October 27, 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

Jay-r Esquivel is hungry for the title.

BORONGAN, Eastern Samar– Not a dull moment in Day 3 of the Surf in the City national surfing competition as the country’s top longboarders once again took center stage at the Boulevard. Daisy Valdez walked off with the title of Grand Champion for Women’s Longboard as early as the semifinal round because of her insurmountable lead in the points race. She surfed against her protégés, Antoinette Valdez and Ashlee Lopez, both in their early teens, to put the final stamp on her uncontestable victory.

Valdez’s victory lap.

Meanwhile, the 12 remaining competitors in the Men’s Longboard division served up sizzling heats with total scores averaging in the fiery 9s, 10s, and 11s. However, Jay-r Esquivel of La Union was on a rampage as he finished off with a final score of 13.77, which was at least two definitive notches higher than the rest.

At the Quarterfinals, the male longboarders were down to 8 formidable participants, all of whom resided in the surf town of San Juan, La Union in the Ilocos Region. Although the majority was rooting for SEA Games gold medalist and flag bearer, Roger Casugay, to surf into another victory, it was Jomarie Ebueza who caught a lucky break with his consistent noseriding at the most critical parts of a wave during the most crucial time of their heat. After the judges announced Ebueza’s score, Casugay only had 30 seconds to come up with a better ride and the chance to advance slipped from his fingers as he ran out of time.

Roger Casugay bows out of the competition in sportsman style.

The Men’s Longboard Title Race has come to this crux: Casugay could still win the overall title if Esquivel misses a beat and fails to win the Finals. However, with Esquivel’s heart-stopping display of combined traditional and progressive longboarding moves today, this scenario is looking dim.

In the Semifinals with Esquivel are his hometown boys Jomarie Ebueza, Benito Nerida, and Marven Abat, all of whom can hammer down impressive results given the right wave. On the other hand, we will see Ashlee Lopez, also from La Union, Vea Estrellado from Sorsogon, and Ikit Agudo from Siargao, surf against Daisy Valdez in the Women’s Longboard Finals.

Jomarie Ebueza exhibiting ferocity with control.

Understanding the judging criteria

Today’s head-to-head heats demonstrated two dominant schools of thought for longboarding: traditional and high-performance. Surfers like Mark Serjay Aguila of Baler and Maricel Parajes of Siargao were icons of old-school board-riding where style meant everything. From the railwork to the cross-stepping and the noseriding, everything had to be done with poise and grace. On the other hand, high-performance surfers could ride their longboards like shortboards by employing speed and power to connect critical sections with modern maneuvers like laybacks and floaters.

The judging criteria of the Philippine Surfing Championship Tour emphasized the importance of variety, which meant that surfers with both traditional and high-performance styles in their arsenal were most likely to be awarded high scores– especially if the maneuvers were done with control on critical sections of the wave without foregoing the fancy footwork.

Mark Aguila turns things around with his classic, leash-less style.

The judges also awarded the surfer’s level of commitment, which spelled the difference between a shuffle and a cross-step, as well as a quick tap on the nose versus a prolonged perch. Wave selection was also a primary scoring factor as waves caught on the outside offered higher scoring opportunities than waves caught on the inside sections or the sloppy reform.

 

Prizes at stake

The Surf in the City Festival has outdone other national competitions by providing free meals to all of its competitors as well as allocating an area for campers inside the Tent City. Spectators were also given free surf lessons care of the Surfriders Club of Eastern Samar (SCES) and musical performances were open to the public at Baybay Boulevard every night.

Borongan Boulevard brings it on for longboarding.

On top of the festivities, Borongan’s generosity extended to the cash prizes to be won by the top surfers of each division:

Men’s Shortboard Open (Grade 2 event)

1st Place – P50,000.00

2nd Place – P30,000.00

Equal 3rd: P15,000.00

Equal 5th: P5,000.00

Women’s Shortboard Open (Grade 2 event)

1st Place – P30,000.00

2nd Place – P20,000.00

Equal 3rd: P10,000.00

Equal 5th: P3,000.00

Men’s Longboard Open (Grade 2 event)

1st Place – P30,000.00

2nd Place – P20,000.00

Equal 3rd: P10000.00

Equal 5th: P3,000.00

Women’s Longboard Open (Grade 1 event)

1st Place – P15,000.00

2nd Place – P10,000.00

Equal 3rd: P5,000.00

Equal 5th: P2,000.00

Juniors Shortboard Open (Grade 2 event)

1st Place – P15,000.00

2nd Place – P10,000.00

Equal 3rd: P5,000.00

Equal 5th: P2,000.00

Esquivel showcasing a wide variety of surfing styles.

The men’s categories garnered higher cash prizes because of the greater number of heats due to the higher number of participants. More rounds had to be run for the men’s divisions whereas the women’s divisions almost immediately began with the quarterfinals.

Two days to go before we officially close the 2019 Philippine Surfing Championship Tour but the best of the action is just getting started. It is still anybody’s game in the Shortboard Divisions so don’t blink! Follow the live webcast here.

 

Written by Camille Pilar | Photos by Abdel Elecho

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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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