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.
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.
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.
The 16th Lanuza Surfing Festival is brought to you by the following sponsors and media partners:
The Municipality of Lanuza the Province of Surigao del Sur, Office of Senator Sonny Angara, Congressman Prospero Pichay Jr, Gwapitos, Fat Lips Surfshop, Kudo Surf, Babak Bungalows, Pichay Initiative,Sky Jet Air(Official Airline Partner), Department of Tourism, Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority, San Miguel Beer, Coca-Cola, ANC-X, My Life On Board, ABS CBN Sports + Action, FluidSurf, The Healthy Grocery, Marajaw Surf Company, INQPop, People’s Television Network,Inquirer.net, ZESTO Corporation, Reefside,Be Siargao, Blunt Magazine Phenom Fitness, and CNN Philippines.
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.
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: https://web.facebook.com/psctour/videos/2078928498834998/
Stay tuned for Day 4 tomorrow!