Siargao Int’l Surfing Cup set on Sept. 24

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/23 August) — Now on its 16th year, Siargao International Surfing Competition will start on September 24 at Cloud Nine, the famous surfing  capital of the Philippines in General Luna,  the island of Siargao, Surigao del Norte.

Zeny Pallugna, secretary-general of the Philippine Surfing Federation (PSF), said this year’s invitational event will take six days, with 32 international surfers vying for prizes and trophies.

Pallugna said this is the most anticipated event in the Philippine surfing season, featuring 12 of the Philippines’ best alongside foreign surfers.

Australian professional surfer Ryan Hipwood takes a right hand barreling wave in this file photo taken during the 2008 competition. MindaNews photo by Roel N. Catoto“This invitational format, along with the allure of the wave at Cloud 9 and US$ 7,500.00 plus trophies will be given to the winners of this competition,” Pallugna added.

“Aside from top-level competition, the festival will also include Siargao Skimboard challenge, street dancing festival, agri-aqua trade fair exhibits, neo-ethnic dance competition, fashion show, street parties and other sports activities,” he said.

Another main feature of this year’s festivity is the holding of the 12th Siargao National Surfing Cup where local surfers from Baler, Aurora; Camarines; Samar; La Union; Lanuza in Surigao del Sur, and General Luna in Siargao, Surigao del Norte and other parts of the country are expected to compete.

The national event will start on September 17 and will end on the 21st.  thContest organizers have  US $ 4,000 dollars up for grabs by the Filipino surfers for both open and junior categories.

The Philippines’ Top 12, which will represent the country in the international competition,  will be chosen from the national event.

The competition is part of the “Siargao Surfing Festival 2010” which was formally launched by the Surigao del Norte provincial government on August 5 in the town of General Luna, Surigao del Norte. (Roel N. Catoto/MindaNews)