Siargao braces for its biggest Surfing event in 20 years

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Sunday, August 3, 2014


THE Philippines first and longest running international sporting event – the Siargao International Surfing Cup – is expected to bring in the biggest number of tourists and surfers from around the world as it celebrates its 20th year.

“We expect this year to be the biggest surfing event for Siargao since it is after all its 20th year as well as the first time for it to be part of the world surfing circuit. It is now confirmed that it would be an Association of Surfing Professional (ASP) sanctioned event in partnership with the Asian Surfing Championship (ASC),” said Donna Grace Estrella, Siargao tourism coordinator.

Estrella pointed out this is the very first time the event would be part of the world surfing circuit.

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“The ASP is known as the world governing body in the field of surfing so since it is an ASP sanctioned event that will now be a part of the world circuit together with other international surfing events in other parts of the globe. The event has been given 1 star rating by the ASP and part of the ASP Qualifying Series Points,” said Estrella.

The islands tourism coordinator expects a huge number of visitors to arrive to witness the event.

“Right now we are expecting around 8,000 people to arrive to witness the event and preparations are now underway to accommodate the number of people expected to come. In an agreement with ASC – ASP, we are expecting around 80 world class surfers from around the world to be competing in the event,” she said.

In a statement published on a website from Surfer Village; Dane Jordan, ASP Australasia General Manager is proud to be continuing the ASP's vision of putting the world's best surfers in the world's best waves even at a QS level. This year the event will offer an ASP 1-Star rating.

"I've been lucky enough to see Cloud 9 first hand and it truly is one of the world's best waves," Jordan said. "It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to make these events happen so I'd like to thank the people of the Philippines and everyone who are involved. I'm really looking forward to this historic event."

Komang Putra Hermawan, from Lembongan Island in Bali, Indonesia won the US$5,000 cash price last year after a fierce final round against Rodolfo “Osot” Alcala, a native of General Luna, Siargao Island.

"That wave at Cloud 9 is really good, surfing Cloud 9 is like surfing my homebreak, in Nusa Lembongan. Last year was my first time to surf at Cloud 9 and I was so stoked to win the event in really fun barrels. I'm so excited to go back there again," Hermawan saidn in an online news.
The 20th Annual Siargao Cloud 9 Surfing Cup will run from September 24-29, 2014, and has been slotted in the calendar to allow competitors enough time to transit to Japan for the 4-Star QS Chiba Open.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 04, 2014.

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