Small swells stall int’l surfing competition in Siargao

CLOUD 9, General Luna, Siargao Island (MindaNews/25 September) — Small swells forced organizers of the 20th Siargao International Surfing Competition to delay the contest proper that was scheduled to start Thursday.

Gerry Deagan, event director told MindaNews at noon today that the contest will begin either Friday afternoon or Saturday.

“The waves are crappy today. We hope the waves will be better either tomorrow afternoon or Saturday,” he said.

The contest was supposed to start Thursday and end Sunday.

A total of 48 Filipino and foreign surfers will see action in what is considered one of the best surfing sites in the world.

The foreign surfers came from Australia, United States of America, Indonesia, Japan, Israel, New Zealand and Great Britain.

Deagan said they will start the event at the latest on Saturday even if the waves would remain small.

“There will be quite a number of people who would watch the contest because it falls on Saturday until Sunday,” he said.

He said they always allot an extra day for each contest depending on the size of the waves.

Some surfers however said they didn’t mind the size of the waves.

“I’m fine with small waves because we find it more challenging,” said Tads Meras from General Luna.

A surfer from Zambales said he wanted huge waves so he can show more tricks.

The event will be co-sanctioned by the Association of Surfing Professional and the Asian Surfing Championship, with surfers battling for precious ranking points in the 1-Star Qualifying Series and prize money at one of the world’s best waves.

This means that surfers with low points in this qualifying series may not be allowed to join other surfing circuit events abroad. (Roel N. Catoto/MindaNews)