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Siargao International Women's Cup underway

Ladies hit the water © ASC/Hain




Siargao International Women's Surfing Cup

Asian Surfing Tour
Siargao Island, Philippines
4 - 9 May 2015

Philippa Anderson standout Day 1 with highest heat score

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 5 May, 2015 - Siargao Island, Philippines - The 8th annual Siargao International Women's Surfing Cup presented by Volcom, Skullcandy and the Silangan Mindanao Mining Company, kicked off early this morning in the blazing sunrise at just after6:30 am, and by the end of 8 heats of competition the field of 24 was narrowed down to 16, with the top seeds wowing the spectators with some high scores.

With the top single wave score of the day’s competition it was Australia’s Philippa Anderson nailing an 8.5 (out of a possible 10 points) for a great combination of controlled aggressive turns on one of the biggest set waves of the heat.  “It was funny because I fell on my first two waves, then finally got a 7 on the third one,” she said.  “So when I got that next wave it was a great feeling to be able to attack it and get a good score.  It was really fun out there, but hopefully tomorrow it will be bigger and we can get some barrels,” she added. 

Taking the honors for the best heat score of the day, 15.50 (out of a possible 20 points) for 8.33 and 7.17 point waves was local and previous event winner Nilbie Blancada, who fell on her first three waves before finding her rhythm and showing the field how well she can surf her home break.  She won this event in 2012 and 2013 under ASC sanctioning, and is the favorite to win it again this year.

Other top seeds winning their heats today to advance into Round 2 included Japan’s Rina Kitazawa (2013 ASC Women’s Champion), Australia’s Kim Wooldridge, the Philippines Daisy Valdez and Manette Alcala, and Indonesia’s Pua Johnson.

Judge Ronald “Rasta” Sumalinog was asked how he was enjoying the vent so far, to which he replied, “I like it a lot, it’s way better than judging men’s events for sure! The girls have a lot of fun laughing and joking with each other here in the tower, and mostly just leaving the competition in the water.  So it’s a really good vibe, very enjoyable for sure.”

According to the swell forecast it will be building steadily over the next two days to peak on Friday, so the organizers are hopeful that Round Two can be completedtomorrow, then the quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals wrapped up on Thursday.

Weather and internet connectivity permitting, each day you will be able to see live heat scores as well as a live cam of Cloud 9 during each mornings competition.

With a truly international field of 24 women from countries including Japan, Germany, Slovakia, Greece, England, Indonesia, Switzerland, and Australia joining the Philippines best women surfers at one of the world’s top 10 surf spots as rated by CNN and Surfer Magazine, the 8th annual Siargao International Women’s Cup promises to be a spectacular event for both competitors and the spectators alike.

Tim Hain

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