Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Feb 25 (PIA) -- More than 50 professional surfers around the country joined the first San Vicente Surfing (SanVicSurf) Festival, featuring a three-day watersport competition held in the tourist town of San Vicente, Palawan.
Mayor Amy Roa Alvarez of San Vicente officially opened the ceremony, together with Tonino Habana, one of the organizers of SanVicSurf, and the president of the United Tourism Enterprise Association of San Vicente (UniTEA) on February 20, at Barangay Alimanguan, part of the 14.7-kilometer of the country's longest white beach.
Local and foreign surfers competed in men's open long board division. A local surfer from Barangay Alimanguan, Jolas Batuta, bagged the championship crown, when he slated until the final round.
In men's shortboard division, foreign surfer Gilbert Cavin became the champion; Chris Regine Mango, champion for women's open long board, while a filipino surfer Ryan Javarez won the junior short board division.
Panel of judges included Michael Oida, board of director, Philippine Surfing Championship Tour (PSCT) and the United Philippines Surfing Association; a former UK Surfing champion, seven-time member of the UK National Team, Craig Smithurst; PSCT current women's longboard champion, Daisy Valdez; the PSCT-rank number 3 in men's longboard 2019 season, and Renextop Asian Surfing Tour overall longboard champion 2017, Benito Corpuz Nerida; and International Surfing Association (ISA) certified surf judge, Marco Villareal.
Habana said that they support the LGU in promoting this event as one of the tourist attractions since they are expecting more domestic and foreign surfers will coming over.
Aside from surfing, several activities are featured on the beach as part of the festival. The community performed a Palarong Lahi and cultural night that entertained visitors and spectators.
Cesario Caballero, Sr., chairman of Alimanguan Barangay Council, expressed his gratitude to the organizers and local officials for the good outcome of the festival, as he said it will boost the economy of their barangay. (LBD/PIA MIMAROPA)