Saturday, April 21, 2012

Philippines hosts Roxy Siargao Int’l Surfing Cup from May 1 to 4


General Luna, Siargao Island –   The world’s top eight surfing destination, Cloud 9 on Siargao Island, will host the Roxy Siargao International Women’s Surfing Cup from May 1 to 4. 

This historic event will have the distinction of being both the first-ever Asian Surfing Championship event to be held in the Philippines and the first to receive the top Ultima rating for its PHP 300,000 (approximately $7,000 USD) prize purse in Women’s Division competition.

The top women surfers from Asian countries including Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, and Japan as well as from Australia and of course a strong contingent from the Philippines will soon be chasing down the $2,500 USD first place prize money, ASC championship points, and the prestige that comes with winning such a premier event at the world class surfing destination of Cloud 9. Signed up to compete in the event is Roxy’s own Philippa Anderson from Australia.

Anderson has surfed and competed at Cloud 9 before, winning the contest in 2009, and when she heard about the event happening again this year she was instantly keen.  “I’ve been surfing and training in Bali for the past week to get away from the early Australian winter back home,” she said, “So when Holly (Monkman) told me about the event and asked if I wanted to come I said yes straight away, as surfing there has always been one of my best memories.  I’m really excited to see all the girls surf and to be part of the event again this year…I can’t wait!


Australian surfer Philippa Anderson.


Quiksilver-Roxy Marketing Executive for SEA Holly Monkman is delighted with the opportunity to both participate and attend the event, saying “We’re really excited to have Roxy be a part of this event as we know the beach culture in the Philippines is a huge part of everyone’s lifestyle here. Seeing a women’s event at such a prime surfing location is also not only a great opportunity for the surfers but it’s also a wonderful opportunity to showcase the ASC women’s tour to the surfing world. I’d love to see more professional women’s events at waves like Cloud 9, so we are really proud to be a part of this year’s event and to help the growth of women’s surfing in the Philippines.”

The Philippine Surfing Federation is equally excited to gain such great support for the competition and the sport of surfing in the Philippines, according to Secretary General Zeny Pallugna.  “This is the 5th time we are holding the competition, but in the past two years it didn’t happen due to budget constraints and a change in the local leadership.  Thanks to Mayor Jaime Rusillon, Governor Sol Matugas and Congressman Francisco Matugas of Surigao del Norte who revived it this year.  This is indeed a major breakthrough in the surfing industry in the Philippines as this is the first-ever ASC sanctioned Ultima event held in the Philippines and we are happy to have Roxy and Primer Group of Companies came in as our sponsors,” she explained.

 “The Primer Group of Companies as the distributor of Roxy is proud to announce Roxy as the presenting sponsor of this year’s Siargao Women’s International Surfing Cup, Quiksilver/Roxy/DC Brand Manager Dino Gilladoga added.  He further said that “we are excited to be part of this huge event in Siargao, the surfing capital of the Philippines, as this signals the beginning of Roxy’s aggressive plan for supporting and growing the women’s surfing scene here in the Philippines.  Events like these are truly the venue for local talent development, where our local girls get to compete side by side with international surfers, which will be very valuable for their growth.  Hopefully one day we will have athletes surfing at the standard of Sally Fitzgibbons and Stephanie Gilmore.”

Organized by the Philippine Surfing Federation and the Municipality of General Luna, the Roxy Siargao International Women’s Surfing Cup is supported by the House of Representatives, Province of Surigao Del Norte, Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority, Philippine Department of Tourism, Smart Communications, Primer Group of Companies, Rockstar Energy Drink, Nature Spring, Sagana Resort. San Miguel Corporation and Thirty Six-O Media.

The Roxy Siargao International Women’s Surfing Cup will take place over a 4-day period at Cloud 9 on Siargao Island, arguably the most well-known surf destination in the Philippines, known for its perfectly barreling right hand wave that has captured the hearts and minds of the surfing world.  Great waves, white sand beaches, clear blue water, tall palm trees and the laid back island life has made Siargao Island one of most popular surf destinations for traveling surfers, and with a the variety of accommodations and restaurants fronting the Cloud 9 break it makes for an incredible venue for an international surfing competition.

Other highlights of this summer event include the national Siargao Women’s Beach Volleyball Open (May 3-6), 14th Siargao National Surfing Cup (Men’s Division / May 5-9), nightly entertainment with San Miguel Corporation, Bikini Fashion Show and all Celebrity Basketball exhibition games (May 9)  which will be held from May 1 to 9 in Siargao Island. 

For more information and to register for the competition, please contact the Secretary General of Philippine Surfing Federation Zeny Pallugna at +639296721508/ zenpallugna@yahoo.com.ph  or Tour Manager of Asian Surfing Championships Michaela Partin at +6281805584486 / marketing@isctour.com-xxx –

Cloud 9 fires up: The world's top eight surfing destination.

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