Siargao hosts int'l surfing cup from September 23-29

The 2011 defending champion from Tahiti, Enrique Ariitu. (Photo by: Loanne Guardo Huelma)  
General Luna, Siargao Island ---    The 18th Siargao International Surfing Cup presented by the Philippine Surfing Federation (PSF) will kick off on September 23, Sunday, at the world’s top eight surfing spot, Cloud Nine.  Congressman Guillermo Romarate, Jr. of the second district of Surigao del Norte and Vice-Governor Egay confirmed to grace the ceremonial breaking of the surfboard to pay homage to the gods of the ocean and officially open this year’s surfing festival in the Municipality of General Luna in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte. 

A professional surfer from Tahiti, Enrique Ariitu, will be up against the foreign surfers and the Philippines’ top sixteen surfers to defend his last year’s title. The local talents will be naturally enjoying the advantage of carrying local knowledge of the waves along with the support of the local crowd.  Edito “Piso” Alcala, a local surfer from Siargao Island, will also be utilizing his experience at the break to his advantage to grab this year’s championship crown. In 2011, Alcala was defeated by Ariitu on a one-on-one 30-minute heat at Cloud Nine.       

The Philippines’ top sixteen surfers, who were selected during last May 2012’s Siargao national competition, will also be competing with the surfers from Australia, Indonesia and Japan. They are all vying for a total prize-money of US$10,000.

This international surfing event is the Philippines’ longest-running surfing competition making the country popular among the world’s sought after surf destinations.   It will be made possible through the efforts of the Municipality of General Luna, Provincial Government of Surigao del Norte and House of Representatives for the First District of Surigao del Norte. 

The event, which lasts through Saturday (September 29), will also feature Siargao National Women’s Beach Volleyball Open (September 24-27),  live musical performances each night from local and regional favorites, Laro Ng Lahi or Philippine Indigenous games, and San Miguel Corporations Fashion Show (September 29).  These special events will be held at Paseo de Cabutog. Everyone is enjoined to witness this surfing competition and explore the natural attractions of Siargao Island.    

This The 18th Siargao International Surfing Cup presented by the PSF is made possible through the support of Surigao del Norte’s working couple, Congressman Francisco Matugas and Governor Sol Matugas; Mayor Jaime P. Rusillon of General Luna; the Municipality of General Luna, the Philippine Department of Tourism, San Miguel Corporation, Cloud Nine Boardriders, Fluid Surf, Coca-Cola Bottler’s Company, and My Life On Board.   For more information, you may send email to or call PSF, through its Secretary General Zeny Pallugna, at +639296721508

Entry Fee:  Php2,000 or US$50 per surfer
Total Prizemoney: US$10,000  

Categories:         Men's Open  

Special Events

Event Date:  September 24-27, 2012
Event Venue: Paseo de Cabuntog (Boulevard), General Luna, Siargao Island
Entry Fee:  Php500 per team

SMB Live Band - September 23 to 28, 2012
SMB Bikini Open - September 29, 2012

PINOY GAMES OR LARO NG LAHI -  September 24 to 28, 2012

Interested participants can register through the Philippine Surfing Federation at or text us at +63 9296721508
(Don Pallugna, Event Coordinator).

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