Semifinals of Longboard Heats Up on Day 2


Photo by John Vincent. Jayr Esquivel from La Union, with all toes on the nose of his board

The second day of the 16th Lanuza Surfing Festival started with similar conditions as yesterday’s 1-2 feet waves. The first ones to get into the water were the Men’s Open Longboard Division.

The judges were looking for smooth movements and traditional longboard maneuvers, and Benito Nerida gave them what they wanted. On Quarterfinals, he rode one of the longest waves of the tournament, scoring on that one a 7.75. His completed maneuvers, as well as the long ride, made him win the first place on his heat, leaving Marven Abat behind with 9.76, and taking him straight to Semifinals.

Photo by John Vincent. Benito Nerida showing his best skills on the Quarterfinals

During the Women’s Open Longboard Semifinals, Daisy Valdez led the first heat with a 6.00 on her first wave. Angel’Lea Aguilar was also a rough opponent and got a 3.45 and 4.40 that made her classify for the Finals, leaving out Ashlee Lopez.

On the second heat, the three close friends from Siargao, Jevy “Ikit” Agudo, Jessah “Aping” Agudo and Maricel Parajes battled for their respective spots on the Finals. “Aping” started strong with a 5.00 wave, Maricel was second until “Ikit” scored 5.50, setting her on the first place with another 4.50 later, gathering a total heat score of 10.00. On the second place is her sister “Aping”with 7.20 points. Both will compete on the Finals with Daisy Valdez and Angel’Lea Aguilar.

Photo by John Vincent. Daisy Valdez after her winning heat

The Finals for Men’s Open Longboard will be ruled by three out of four surfers from La Union, except Mark Aguila who is from Baler. He, Jayr Esquivel, Benito Nerida and Crisanto Villanueva will compete to be the champion on the Longboard of the 16thLanuza Surfing Festival.

At the end of the day, the rain increased by the time Junior’s Divisions started. Clint Jekies Laspinas, a local grommet from Lanuza, got the highest heat score on Round 1 with a total of 11.55. Finally, the strong wind made it too difficult to continue with the competition. We have begun to feel the first touch of Typhoon Samuel, which is predicted to hit the area tomorrow.

This year’s 2018 PSCT tour is remarkable because the four surfers who will win in each category will have the possibility to compete on the 2019 South East Asian Games (SEA). The event will be hosted by the Philippines, headed by United Philippine Surfing Association, the International Surfing Association-recognized national governing body for surfing in the Philippines.

The SEA Games will include around 50 different sports and for the first time, surfing will be incorporated in the program, making it even more special for Filipino surfers to debut this historic event in our home country.

Photo by John Vincent. The crowd enjoying the contest

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 SurOffice of Senator Sonny AngaraCongressman Prospero Pichay JrGwapitosFat Lips SurfshopKudo SurfBabak BungalowsPichay Initiative,Sky Jet Air(Official Airline Partner),Department of TourismTourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone AuthoritySan Miguel BeerCoca-ColaANC-XMy Life On BoardABS CBN Sports + ActionFluidSurfThe Healthy GroceryMarajaw Surf CompanyINQPopPeople’s Television Network,Inquirer.netZESTO CorporationReefside,Be SiargaoBlunt 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.

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 2:



Stay tuned for Day 3 tomorrow!


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