Baler’s very personal prime surfer, 19-year-old Neil Sanchez, claimed the PHP 100,000 prize purse of the Oakley Pro Baler after an astonishing victory in opposition to one among Siargao’s prime surfers, Piso Alcala, in a 30-minute seashore break duel on Tuesday in entrance of Aliya Surf Resort in Aurora.
After successful the PSCT-Lanuza leg, Sanchez stored himself in form by practising his maneuvers all all through the week, identical to a warrior getting ready to defend his homebreak. Sanchez scored a 9.25 in the course of the early minutes of the finals and maintained his dominance in most components of the warmth. Alcala struggled to get his wanted mixture rating to take the lead as Sanchez was on hearth.
“I’m really thankful that my homebreak gave me the waves I needed to win this leg. I really can’t explain how I’m feeling right now. Thank you to my sponsors for supporting me and to God for giving me the strength. I’m so happy!” stated Sanchez.
With little expertise competing within the worldwide browsing stage, Sanchez, ranked second within the PSCT leaderboard, stated he was honored to face a seasoned surf athlete like Piso Alcala who, however, had numerous victories within the Philippines and abroad.
Alcala received the national and worldwide browsing cups in Siargao approach again in 2014. He was additionally the one Filipino who reached the Quarterfinals on this yr’s World Surf League Qualifying Series (WSL QS) 3000 held in Siargao.
Nilbie Blancada from Siargao dominated the Women’s Division defeating La Union’s prime feminine surfer Daisy Valdez and fellow Siargaonons Ana Mae Alipayo and Jolina Uriarte.
“We’re glad that the waves are better now compared to yesterday. I was just trying to enjoy surfing with my friends, it was like a normal surf session for us out there,” stated Blancada.
During the awarding ceremony, Vice-Governor Rommel T. Angara congratulated Sanchez and all of the surfers who joined the Oakley Pro Baler. He additionally talked about that he’ll proceed his assist for the expansion of aggressive browsing within the province of Aurora and make an effort to have one other PSCT leg in Baler in 2018.
“I’m happy that the PSCT has put a lot of effort to professionalize the sport of surfing in the Philippines. I’m also proud of Neil Sanchez for representing Baler in the league. I will make sure that we will support the PSCT Baler leg next year,” stated Vice-Governor Angara.