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Men's, junior's & women's rounds fire off at Cloud 9

John Mark Tokong © ASC/Tim Hain




Vans Cloud 9 Masters

Asian Surfing Tour
Cloud Nine, Siargao Island Philippines
28 April - 1 May 2015

Two Rounds of Men’s Open and Juniors Completed

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 29 April, 2015 - Siargao Island, Philippines - In windy 2-3 foot surf on Day 2 of the Vans Cloud 9 Masters, all divisions saw action in a day that certainly tested all the competitors mastery of tricky conditions, but certainly the cream is rising to the top as in most heats the winners were clearly and emphatically up to the task.

The remaining heats of the Juniors Round 1 were run starting at 10 pm when the tide started to rise, then 8 heats of Round 2 of the Men’s Open, after which Round 2 of the Juniors was completed.  Then just two heats of the Women’s Division were completed before competition was called off due to significant increase wind and the threat of an incoming rainstorm.

Standouts in the Junior Division were John Mark “Marama” Tokong, Mike Escoltura, Kent Bryan Solloso, Rory MacDonald, Remar Magalona, and Mark Escoltura.  All were local except Rory MacDonal from Taiwan, the lone ASC entry in the Junior Division.  When asked how he managed to pull off a heat win in such tricky conditions over the locals, especially on his backhand, he replied, “I just looked for the waves than lined up.  It was fun actually, even though it was windy I still found a couple good ones, good enough to win my heat, so I’m happy about that!”



The wind picked up to another level as the first heat of the Women’s Division paddled out, and gave the women quite a challenge, but one that ASC 2013 Women’s Champion Rina Kitazawa was up to, as she won her heat handily.  When asked how she felt after getting through her heat she replied, “I’m glad I’ve been practicing here for the last week, as it really helped me be patient and find the right waves.  It wasn’t easy that’s for sure, and I hope we get less wind tomorrow, that would be great.”

Certainly today was a test of who can truly master a break like Cloud 9 in a variety of conditions, and whomever wins will truly deserve the title

Tomorrow’s action will continue with the remaining heats of the Women’s Division, with a call time of 5:30 am to assess the conditions for an anticipated 6:00 am start, as the tide will be dropping to a mid morning low tide.  Contest Director Dencio Dizon anticipates having to take a break for a couple hours until the tide bottoms out then begins to rise, after which he plans on sending the Men’s Division quarterfinal one heat out.  If conditions permit the contest will conclude tomorrow afternoon…if not it will conclude on Friday, May 1st.

Tim Hain

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