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PIA Press Release
2006/04/24

RP skimboarding goes international next year

Tacloban City (24 April) -- Skimboarding in Tanauan, Leyte will become an international competition starting next year. This is a great contribution to the Tourism efforts of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

This was revealed by Mayor Roque Tiu who said that with the success of the recently-held Second National Skimboarding Competition in the Tanauan shorelines, the Skim Asia based in Singapore and the Philippine Skimboarding Federation which sanctioned it, agreed to help promote skimboarding in the Philippines by inviting competitors from all over the world to join the First Skimboarding Competition in the Philippines right in Tanauan, Leyte where skimboarding in the Philippines started.

Mr. Ibrahim Kamal who is the executive director of Skim Asia, pledged to support the endeavor. He was responsible in bringing several Singaporeans skimboarders to the Skimboarding Competition in Tanauan, Leyte in the persons of Tarin B. Talib, Arthur Kor, Darimi B. Mohamed, Zarini B. Mohamed, Roy Sim, Alfian Affendi Jumaat and Faizal Fauzi.

Malaysian Jett Shon promised to come back for the first Philippine International Skimboarding Competition and to bring with him some enthusiasts and some skimboards to be sold at the competition site.

The foreigners said that the shorelines in Tanauan is more beautiful and more conducive to skimboarding than in Singapore where there are no good waves. They have learned to like the Tanauan shorelines that they extended their stay. Some are coming back in December for the Christmas vacation and all of them are coming back on Easter Sunday next year for the International Competition. They also promised to bring along other skimboarding enthusiasts.

Skimboarding in the Philippines started in Tanauan, Leyte in 2000 when an American national came to Tanauan to win the heart of a local lass. To demonstrate skimboarding, he started making a skimboard which he finished. He however, was not able to teach the local youth how to use it because he had to leave for the States. He left the skimboard , however, which the youth of Tanauan used to train themselves on the techniques of skimboarding. Some of the young people at Barangay San Roque and Sto. Nino started making prototypes which today, they now sell to the enthusiasts. An enthusiast from Tanauan had to go to Cebu for schooling and he taught some friends there how to skimboard. Skimboarding then started to spread all over the country. The rest is history. (PIA 8) [top]

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