13th Siargao int'l surfing tilt kicks off
by Fryan E. Abkilan
SURIGAO CITY (September 27) -- The 13th Siargao International Surfing Competition dubbed as the 1st Billabong Cloud 9 invitational officially off September 24, 2007 with 45 surfers from 10 countries participated.
Gen. Luna Mayor Felipe Espejon, Billabong SEA Marketing Director Peter Thew and Surigao del Norte Gov. Robert Ace Barbers, shared speeches to welcome and thank the participants and sponsors.
Mayor Espejon was overwhelmed with the influx of tourists and participants visiting the island. "In behalf of our administration, we welcome you (all) with open arms," said Mayor Espejon.
Billabong SEA Marketing Director, Peter Thew thanked their local counterparts for the support. "It's been great to have Billabong involved in the competition," said Thew. He promised that this season's competition will be great and far more exciting than before. Thew also informed everyone that the scope of this year's event has become huge for it now reaches worldwide.
Gov. Ace Barbers, in his message acknowledged the support of the LGU-Gen. Luna and other stakeholders for their contributions. "We'd like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who has contributed in the success of this event," said Barbers. "This event, which started 13 years ago as just a local surfing event, became and international surfing competition and hopefully we'll become known worldwide in the next coming years with the help of our friends from the media," he said.
Countries who participated in the opening ceremony and who will compete over the next four days include Australia, Indonesia, France, Japan, New Zealand, The Philippines, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and the United States.
Surfing competition began Monday, September 24 at Cloud 9, Tuason Point with the first round of qualifying heats and will end on Sunday, September 30, 2007. (PIA-Surigao del Norte) [top]