Countless Barrels and Broken Boards On the Opening Day of the 20th Siargao National Surfing Cup

Peter Paul Alipayo from Siargao on the opening day of the 201th Siargao National Surfing Cup. Photo by Oli Bayer.


Cloud 9, General Luna, Siargao Island, Philippines (Monday, September 24, 2018) – Today was a prime example of why Cloud 9 is one of the best waves of the world. As anticipated, solid 4-5 foot swells opened the 20th Siargao National Surfing Competition giving both participating surfers and fans action heat after heat.

From sunrise to sundown, a total of 16 heats were run in the Men’s Shortboard Open. It was almost impossible to leave the Cloud 9 Tower because each heat kept serving wave after wave of jaw-dropping action of standup barrels and waves that never got small.

Siargao local Alvin Coldura had the highest scoring single wave of 8.50 and total heat score of the day of 15.50 that didn’t come easy after three surfers broke their boards on the opening day of the competition.


Robert Timbal peeking from under the lip. Photo by Tim Hain.


The Cloud 9 Tower was packed and the crowds hushed when Dionisio Espejon of Siargao who was leading during his heat in the first round got his broken in the second round. With a borrowed board he barely practiced with—he kept charging back in pumping Cloud 9 which indeed is not an easy feat with the current conditions.

Despite his best efforts to gain back the time lost, Espejon wasn’t able to get enough points to earn him a place in the next round.

The second round of the Men’s Shortboard Open continues tomorrow at 6:00am.


A typhoon swell generated amazing waves on the opening day of the competition. Seen are Bureau of Fire Protection rescue and medic team on standby while heats were ongoing. Photo by Tim Hain.


Watch more of the Day 1 highlights here: 

Vans Philippines proudly supports the 20th Siargao National Surfing Cup.

Stay tuned for Day 2 tomorrow!



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