Siargao Hosts 2012 World Surfing Tilt

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GENERAL LUNA, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte – Top world surfers from the United States, Australia, Japan, and other Asian countries will see action on Sunday in the five-day “2012 World Surfing Competition” at the country’s famous “Cloud 9” on Siargao Island.

Now on its 18th year, the Siargao International Surfing Cup at “Cloud 9” is the longest-running surfing competition, making the country among the world’s most sought-after surf destinations.

This year’s invitational event that will run from September 23rd through 27th at General Luna town in this “Paradise Island”, is the most anticipated event of the Philippine surf season featuring the Philippines’ best along side with some foreign surfers.

The competition is expected to field world “best surfers” coming from the different parts of the globe including Philippines’ all-time best local surfers.

In the final day, surfers will be trimmed-down to at least 36 best surfers in the elimination round.

This invitational format, along with the allure of the wave at “Cloud 9” and huge cash prize money plus trophies makes the Siargao Cup the most anticipated event of the Philippine surf season.

Initial attraction to the international surfers, guests, visitors and huge number of tourist was the 2012 Cabuntog Surfing Festival yesterday.

In the opening day of this world big event on Sunday, the municipal government of General Luna is also preparing some other activities such as palaro ng lahi, kadang-kadang, and bakya races, paluan ng palayok, agawan ng biik, exhibition games of women surfers and other programs that will entertain guest, visitors and tourists.

General Luna Mayor Jaime Plaza Rusillon said this year’s event will continue to infuse the contest with other activities to make it more festive and appealing to both local and foreign surfing enthusiasts and beach lovers.

Mayor Rusillon said there are at least 45 million active surfers all over the world today. “I hope the Department of Tourism will help us to hit our target, even only one percent of these world active surfers we get next year,” stressed the town’s chief executive.

An added attraction to huge number of tourists, both foreign and domestic, including locals from the different regions in the Philippines, is the 2012 National Women Beach Volleyball Tournament.

Source: Manila Bulletin 

Photo by: Miguel Navaza

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