Men’s Shortboard Qualifiers Kick-Off on the 3rd Day of the 16th Lanuza Surfing Festival

Photo by John Vincent. From Juniors Division: Daniel Nogalo, Clarence Saavedra, Kai Alcala and Gabriel Lerog

Despite all the alarms about the coming Tropical Depression, Lanuza has woken up with a partially clear sky, offshore wind, no rain and 3-5 foot waves.

The third day started with the last two heats of Juniors Shortboard. Daniel Nogalo was on lead until Gabriel Lerog scored 5.83, the highest wave score of their heat. Kai Alcala, the youngest among the four, got very close to second position but finally Nogalo took a 3.30 and left Kai in third place.

Photo by John Vincent. the 9 years old surfer Kai Alcala ripping during his heat
Photo by John Vincent. Gabriel Lerog on the way to do a floater

Straight away, the awaited Men’s Open Shortboard began with the judges not taking a break in between heats as a staggering total of 128 surfers have to compete on this category.

The judges made it clear that the highest score will be given to those who will perform committed radical maneuvers in the critical sections of the wave with speed, power and flow. Jefferson dela Torre got the highest total heat score in Round 1. This surfer from La Union is known to have multiple championship titles on both Shortboard and Longboard categories.

Photo by John Vincent. Larrence Maturan

The crowd clapped and cheered when the locals from Lanuza were competing. Konex Casano made two perfect performances on Round 1 and Round 2. His highest wave scored a 7.50 that sent him straight to Round 3.

On a similar level, Loynex Ruina did two floaters that left the judges and the crowd open-mouthed. On the last seconds of his heat, Loynex did his third massive floater that earned him a score of 5.30, sending him straight towards Round 3. The local guys were definitely on fire today and eager to grab the championship title at their home break.


Photo by John Vincent.

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About Lanuza Surfing Festival

Lanuza Surfing Festival started 16 years ago with the competition held mainly in Doot-Poktoy, one of the longest right-hander waves in the country. It is organized by the Municipality of Lanuza and the Province of Surigao del Sur who have backed the Philippine surfing scene since the beginning.

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 second year, the PSCT celebrates the Filipino surfers, passionate fans, and dedicated partners that together grow the Philippine surfing community to what it is today and what it’s 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, drama and adventure of Philippine surfing one tour at a time.

To know more about today’s highlights, check the video of Day 3:



Stay tuned for Day 4 tomorrow!





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