View from the arena.
Before anything else, we’d like to give a big shout-out to the people behind The Philippine Surfing Championship Tour (PSCT) on pulling this off for the Filipino surfing scene. Reviving what the PSF had started about a decade ago when Dodo Espejon won the last tour, it’s about time we give today’s generation of surfers a proper circuit to showcase their talent.
The Philippines may generally be known as one of Asia’s top tropical destinations but what most people don’t realize is that we’re also home to some of the best waves and wave-riders on this part of the globe. Love it or hate it, that status-quo is already changing as we speak especially in this social media era.
As much as the PSCT would like to cover all the major surfing destinations in The Philippines, financing and logistics is limited for now so we’ll keep it to 4 locations (Siargao, Lanuza, La Union and Baler) for this season.
Kicking off the very first leg of the PSCT last Sept 16, 2017 at the iconic Cloud 9 in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte was definitely a good place to start. With some serious cash on the line and bragging rights that come along with it, surfers from La Union, Baler, Zambales, Catanduanes, Samar, Cebu, Davao and Lanuza flock the island in search for glory.
We all know that tube-riding is synonymous to Cloud 9 when it’s pumping but with a limited amount swell during the window, competitors had to stick to their rail game and bust a few airs here and there to make it through.
After 6 days of competition and out of a whopping 186 surfers it all went down to a nail-biting man on man final last Sept 21, 2017 between Siargao’s Philmar Alipayo and Piso Alcala. Conditions were definitely tricky during the semis and in the final but with all eyes on the prize, a battle of turns and airs ensued much to the delight of the packed tower.
When the dust settled after the buzzer, it was the goofy-foot Philmar Alipayo who came out on top after scores came in. Piso Alcala takes home 2nd place and on equal 3rd we’ve got John Mark Tokong aka Marama and La Union’s Jay-R Esquivel.
After a historical week in Filipino surfing, nothing is impossible if we all work together for a better tour. With points earned and lessons learned from the first leg, we’d like to thank everyone for bearing with us despite minor lapses during the debut. It’s not just the competitors who head back to the drawing board to sharpen things up, the PSCT does it as well to bring you all a better 2nd leg.
Guess we’ll see you in Lanuza, Surigao del Sur for the next stop! For now, here are some highlights from the Cloud 9 lineup that stood out during the groundbreaking #PSCTourSiargao. Enjoy!
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About the Philippine Surfing Championship Tour
The Philippine Surfing Championship Tour (PSCT) is the country’s first-ever and only professional surfing tournament. Patterned after the Word Surf League, surfers from all over the Philippines tour around different surf spots to battle for the top spot in the national rankings.PSCT’s vision is to be the venue for professional surfing in the Philippines that follows International Surfing Association (ISA) standards of competition, preparing Filipino athletes for the international stage while promoting camaraderie and unity of the surfing community.Visit www.psctour.com for more info.
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