The swell was slightly smaller, but Cloud 9 still gave us consistent solid 4-foot waves to open the second day of the 20th Siargao National Surfing Cup with the first round of the Juniors Category.
17-year-old and below surfers were paddling out towards barreling Cloud 9 with waves almost thrice the size of their boards. The local groms were charging barrel after barrel, apparently unfazed by the waves. 13-year-old Jaynard Alciso got the highest total heat score of 9.25 in Heat 5 of Round 1 for the Juniors Category, which has two more heats to run tomorrow.
“We’re pleased to finally have the Juniors Category here in Siargao and for all succeeding legs of this year’s tour season and give importance to grassroots development. Now that surfing is finally in the Olympics, we want the Philippines to be at the forefront of surfing excellence in Asia,” says Head Judge and PSCT President Luke Landrigan.
The Philippines recently ranked 20th out of 42 countries even as a first-time participant at the 2018 Urban Research ISA World Surfing Games in Tahara, Japan. Together with UPSA, PSCT is also pushing for the inclusion of surfing in the Southeast Asian Games next year to be held in the Philippines. This will help strengthen professional surfing in Southeast Asia and will set a precedence to the overall development of the sport in the region.
By the afternoon, the waves got bigger as the tide came in. The judges decided to start the third round of the Men’s Shortboard Open, expecting a great showdown from the country’s top surfers.
The first heat of the Men’s Shortboard Open Round 3 was one of the most-awaited heats that packed the Cloud 9 Tower this afternoon. The PSCT’s top-ranking surfers were literally giving the crowd and the judges a show by taking on barrel after barrel.
Philmar Alipayo, Glenn Figuron, Rolly Saavedra, all from Siargao, and Marven Abat from La Union paddled out for the first heat of Round 3. Alipayo secured his slot for the next round with a total heat score of 11.50. He also scored the top two highest single wave score of his heat, reminding us why he is the PSCT reigning shortboard champion.
Watch the highlights of today’s competition here: https://web.facebook.com/psctour/videos/689378094780737/
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