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More tourist-surfers swarm Calicoan waters

By Alice Nicart

Calicoan, Guiuan (19 October) -- Some 64 surfers coming from the different parts of the country will compete in the 2nd Eastern Samar Crown Competition which opened yesterday and ends up on Sunday October 22.

This was learned from Aurora de los Reyes, Municipal Investment, Environment and Tourism Officer of Guiuan in an interview.

The surfers in the two divisions: for beginners (Juniors) and for the professionals (Professionals) are movable, Au-au described, because they choose which part of the waters have bigger rolls of waves. She said that it is best for the surfers during high tide because the rolls of the waves are more sustained, as compared during low tides when the waves are smaller and easily break towards the shores.

Generally, however as observed by the team of local media, the lengthy Calicoan surfing ground is pleasingly beautiful and is no surprise why tourists come to enjoy. Au-au disclosed that even the First Daughter, Luli comes anytime she wish to and unannounced. As her family's favorite sport, Luli fondly dips herself with her surfboard and luxuriously enjoy the clear waters and splash of the waves of Calicoan.

Dangie Lace, a 13-year old boy of Sulangan, Guiuan is the youngest competitor. However, Dangie said he has stopped schooling because his mother could not contain him and his absences as he chooses instead to be in the seas to swim. When the Philippine Surfing Federation spotted him in the waters with his unusual swimming feat, being even small for his age, the boy was subjected to a surfing clinique by PSF officers and after a few lessons, presto! - the boy is now ready to compete with boys who are very much older and bigger than him. But Dangie promised to PIA that he will go back to school once the contest is over.

Some P150,000 have been allocated for the prizes by Cong. Butch Pichay, the tourism officer added which will be apportioned among the surfer winners, while PCSO through Presidential Assistant Vic Domingo allotted another P300,000 for the on-going activities at Calicoan.

All surfers come from the seven surfing destinations of the country: Siargao, Lanuza; Daet, Camarines Norte; Catanduanes, Baler, La Union and Guiuan. Their accommodation and transportation were shouldered by Guiuan mayor, Annaliz Kwan.

Only a few years back when Calicoan surfing grounds was discovered, now it has attracted more local and foreign tourists.

Surfing in Calicoan Waters
Siargao's bet, Bonifacio Espejon glides beautifully with the Calicoan waves. (Photos by Danny Mausisa)

A surfer rides through the waves of Calicoan. (Photo by Danny Mausisa)
A young lady-tourist did not dip herself unnoticed by media. (Photo by Danny Mausisa)

As another enjoys the waves of Calicoan. (Photo by Danny Mausisa)
(PIA) [top]

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