Local Philmar Alipayo Advances to the Semifinals on Day Two of the 22nd International Siargao Surfing Cup at Cloud 9 in the Philippines

27 September 2016, Siargao Island-Philippines:  Day Two of competition at the 22nd International Siargao Surfing Cup, Rounds 2 and 3 completed as well as two of the Quarterfinals before threatening conditions and the impending sunset called a halt to the action.

The morning sunrise showed surprisingly large surf with 4-5 foot peaky conditions, a distinct change from the evening before, though southerly direction of the swell meant that the long lined up waves that Cloud 9 is famous for were reduced to peaks and shorter less consistent waves.  However it was highly contestable, with lots of waves coming through the lineup for every heat, allowing for lots of variety and exciting action.

At the start of the day there were four Filipino surfers and one Indonesian battling it out with the WQS warriors, but by the end of the day it’s now down to Siargao’s Philmar Alipayo who will represent the Cloud 9 locals in Semifinal 1 tomorrow against Australian Shane Holmes.

In Round 3, Philmar finished second to Shane Holmes in the four man heat with two wave combined score of 14.50 to Holmes15:40.  Philmar posted the highest single wave score of the heat, 9.00 points out of a possible 10 for an incredibly long barrel given the day’s conditions, while Shane’s high score was 8.4.  They will meet again tomorrow to decide who will get into the final.

In Philmar’s quarterfinal matchup with Australian Jordy Lawler, he used his local knowledge and a bit of luck to best Lawler in a tightly contested heat.  Back in the tower after the heat win, he was asked how he felt, to which he replied, “I’m nervous but so stoked to be into the semifinals!” 

When asked what he felt was the key was to his win he explained, “I just try to be relaxed and confident because I know the spot…even when its messy I usually know where to be to get the better waves.  Like this afternoon it was onshore and breaking different places, and in my quarterfinal heat I just got lucky to get the score on that wave.  When I took off I was going to make a turn then saw I couldn’t make, it so I went up and tried that floater.  I almost fell when I landed, but managed to stay up and complete it.  I just hope the waves are barreling tomorrow morning, because I’m most confident that I can get some good scores when I ride the barrel.  Just give me the waves and I can do it!

Multiple Siargao Cup winner Piso Alcala wasn’t so lucky in his quarterfinal dual with Shane Holmes, as the onshore wind and inconsistent conditions limited his ability to utilize his air game against the powerhouse Australian.  If there were good Cloud 9 barrels on offer it would have been a different battle, but Alcala went down to Holmes but a total two wave score of less than a point…Holmes had 9.50 points to Alcala’s 8.80.

Tomorrow’s call will again be at 5:00 am in hopes that there will be similar conditions as we saw this morning, to finish off the quarterfinals and possibly run through and complete the finals.  

First up, Skip McCollough from the USA will take on Sandon Whittaker from Australia tomorrowmorning in Quarterfinal 3, and then Australian Mitchell James will take on fellow Aussie Mitch Parkinson in Quarterfinal 4.


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The 22nd International Siargao Surfing Cup is resented by the Department of Tourism Philippines, House of Representatives Philippines, Province of Surigao Del Norte, and the Municipality of General Luna, with sponsors Siargao Bleu Resort and Silangan Mindanao Mining Company, and support from Globe, KudoSurf, Nature’s Spring, and the Siargao Tourism Development Council.



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