The best Filipino surfers are set to make a splash as the Philippine Surfing Championship Tour, the country’s first and only professional surfing tournament, kicks off in September.
Patterned after the World Surf League, the PSCT will determine the official rankings of Filipino competitive surfers–a first step in picking the wave riders who will carry the country’s colors in international tournaments including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The PSCT will be held in four spots: the world-renowned Cloud 9 in Siargao in September; Lanuza, Surigao del Sur and Baler, Aurora in November; and the surfing capital of the north, La Union, in December. Each leg will provide an opportunity for surfers to earn points and battle for a spot in the national ranking.
But more than competition, PSCT hopes to unite local surfers and promote a sense of “ohana”, or family, in the Filipino surfing community.
The PSCT was founded by Filipino surfers Luke Landrigan (La Union), Bjorn Pabon (Zambales and Bicol Region), Manuel Melindo (Siargao) and Mike Oida (Ilocos Norte). Holding the highest level of International Surfing Association (ISA) judging certification in the country, they will serve as the main judges of the tournament.