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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Surigaonons triumph in international surfing cup

By John Glenn A. Platil

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Aug. 6 (PIA) - A local surfer from General Luna town named Philmar Alipayo recently emerged as over-all champion in the 4-day West Sumbawa Pro 2016 surfing cup held recently in Indonesia, winning a perfect 10 point score with $1,600 U.S. dollar prize money and a stunning ancient West Sumbawa sword.

Alipayo defeated Mega Semadhi who landed in the second spot. Made “Bol” Adi Putra and Dede Suryana who were all Indonesians tied in the third place.

Eight female and 48 male surfers from Australia, Japan, Indonesia, and Taiwan vied for the hotly-contested prizes across three strategic and leading surfing destinations, namely, Yoyo’s, Playgrounds and Supersucks.

Featuring nightly gigs, beach volleyball tourneys, and vivid displays, the West Sumbawa Pro 2016 was set in motion by the Asian Surfing Championships in collaboration with the Indonesian government.

Meanwhile, another local surfer, Nildie Blancada also scored a giant win at the Quicksilver Padma Challenge, garnering 15.83 points over Giada Legati who hailed from Argentina, making it for the second place with 12.60 pts. Indonesian Cinta Hansel came in third with 11 points while Kailani Johnson earned 7.07 pts.

Staged by the Australian Consulate General, the international tournament was inspired by the 64 male and 12 female contenders from Australia, Argentina, Indonesia, Japan, Taiwan and the Philippines.

The province of Surigao del Norte ably headed by Gov. Sol F. Matugas will be hosting the World Surfing Cup on September 24 to 29, this year. (PGO-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)