Siargao's surfing competition ends with a grand party

By Nelson C. Bagaforo

GENERAL LUNA, Siargao Island -- After a week-long competition, surfers from 11 countries and tourists from all over the world, including the Philippines, were treated to a night of fun and entertainment, courtesy of San Miguel Beer, the country's leading beer brand and among the sponsors of the recently-concluded 19th Siargao International Surfing Cup.

Thousands of tourists, foreign and local, trooped to this beautiful island, touted as a surfing mecca and listed as one of the "46 Places To Go in 2013" published online by US-based New York Times.

After five days of grueling through huge waves and went head-to-head in the world-class surfing spot at Cloud 9 here, the event was a breather for 59 surfers -- 48 men and 11 women -- who joined in the competition and hundreds of surfing enthusiasts from all over the world.

From Cloud 9, everyone headed to the Baywalk, venue of the event, and party the night away.
On hand during the event to ensure everything was in its proper perspective was SMB sales supervisor Dino Docdocil.

The event, dubbed as Sugar and Spice: Everything is Nice Grand Party, featured performing bands and club deejays from the cities of Davao and Cagayan de Oro, making the huge crowd in a party mode.

For a while, the party was interrupted as firedancers breathtakingly performed with their pois, amazing the crowd as they played with fire on stage.

But what made the night hotter was the Bikini Open, a non-competition segment of the event that brought in models from the cities of CDO, Butuan and Davao.

The crowd went frenzy as these sexy babes and hunks gamely strutted down the catwalk in their skimpy bikinis with a wide screen featuring international players surfing on the big waves of Cloud 9 serving as the backdrop.

This year's surfing event here, set last September 22-28, went bigger as it was sanctioned by the Asian Surfing Championship as a six-star circuit event.

The annual surfing competition has been a boost to this island's tourism industry. Data from the regional office of the Department of Tourism showed tourist arrivals on the island in 2012 increased by 45 percent as compared to the previous year. (sun-star.com.ph)

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