26 September 2016, Siargao Island-Philippines: It was a big first day here at Cloud 9 for first day of competition at the 22nd International Siargao Surfing Cup, with all 16 heats of Round One completed and the first 3 heats of Round Two in the books before the contest director called the event off for the day.
Dawn saw 3-4 foot barreling waves exploding on the Cloud 9 reef, and so the first heat of the day started at 5:45 am this morning and then was wrapped up at just after 4:30 pm.
Indonesia’s Rio Waida put up a very respectable performance in his first ever competition at Cloud 9, winning Heat 1 of Round 1 that saw defending champion John Mark (Marama) Tokong eliminated from the competition, and later in Round Two winning his heat over ripping local Philmar Alipayo.
“I’m so stoked I made it through Round 1 and Round 2 today,” said Waida. “I was pretty nervous at first because in both heats I was up against top local guys, but I knew I just had to calm down and surf well. In my Round 1 heat I had Marama (John Mark Tokong), who was last year’s winner here at Cloud 9, and in Round 2 I had Philmar (Alipayo), who was the West Sumbawa Pro ASC event winner, so I knew how good those guys can surf”.
“This is my first time here in Cloud 9 and it’s really cool. The view is so great, the water so clear, all the people are really nice too. This morning the waves were firing, and even though this afternoon was small there were still come good waves coming in. Now I just hope I can keep making heats every day and get a good result here,” said Waida.
Waida, who lives in Bali, is mixed Japanese and Indonesian, and recently won the Quiksilver Young Guns event in California.
His Quiksilver teammate Dede Suryana, also from Indonesia, is the ASC point’s leader coming into this event and although made it through his Round 1 heat, failed to advance out of his Round 2 heat today.
Philmar Alipaya and Piso Alcala, who also compete on the ASC Tour, both achieved great results today. Philmar is into Round 3 with his second place finish in Heat 1 of Round 1, and Piso Alcala advance to Round 2 with his second place finish in Heat 6 of Round 1.
There were 11 Filipino surfers that made it into Round 2, including Philmar Alipaya, his brother PJ Alipayo, Glenn Figeron, Aye Catulay, twin brothers Mark and Mike Escultora, Piso Alcala, Osot Alcala, Roger Casugay, Jay-R Esquivel, and Marven Abat.
To check out all the heat draw and scores from today go to:
There doesn’t appear to be a lot of swell forecast for tomorrow, but the organizers have told the Round 2 surfers to come to the Cloud 9 Tower at 5 am tomorrow in hopes that there will be some barrels on offer in the early morning.
The event waiting period runs until the 29th of September, so there is still plenty of time left to complete the event.
The 22nd International Siargao Surfing Cup is resented by the Department of Tourism Philippines, House of Representatives Philippines, Province of Surigao Del Norte, and the Municipality of General Luna, with sponsors Siargao Bleu Resort and Silangan Mindanao Mining Company, and support from Globe, KudoSurf, Nature’s Spring, and the Siargao Tourism Development Council.
For more information please contact:
Tim Hain - Asian Surfing Championships
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About the Asian Surfing Championships (ASC)
The Asian Surfing Championships was established in 2010 as the progression of the highly successful Indonesian Surfing Championships that began in Bali, Indonesia in 2004. The mission of the ASC is to develop and progress the sport of surfing in Asia by assisting in the organizing and sanctioning of professional surfing events, which will help their growing surf communities and draw more attention to their areas for the progression of surfing locally, nationally, and throughout all of the Asian Region.