Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Top Surfers Rode Siargao Waves at Billabong Cloud 9 Invitational Surfing Championship 2009

Thirty-six of the world’s top surfers gathered in Cloud 9, Siargao Island, Surigao Del Norte last October 21 to 27, 2009 to participate in the Billabong Cloud 9 Invitational Surfing Cup 2009.

Among the leading surfers invited to the event were former world tour surfer Bruce Irons (Hawaii), Pipeline Master Jamie O’Brien (Hawaii) and World Qualifying Series shredder Owen Wright (Australia). Hawaiian Dusty Payne, Hawaiian surfing royalty Makua Rothman, Brazilian ace Jadson Andre, and Australians Laurie Towner, Julian Wilson, Ryan Hipwood, Jay Quinn, and Nick Vasicek also received invitations.

Filipinos who made it to the top 12 competed with the world-class surfers. All-in-all, a total of 48 competitors surfed, vying for the prize pool of USD $20,000.

According to contest director and Surfing Australia CEO Andrew Stark, Siargao’s Cloud 9 is “arguably the world’s most perfect right hand tube,” he said in a statement. The contest site is a “powerful, hollow right-hander that has been frequently compared to the renowned surf of Hawaii and Indonesia.”

The competition was held for two days across a seven-day window. Stoked Inc. president JV Borromeo, one of the event’s organizers, said on “Mornings@ANC” that they have to allocate for the window because surfers “need the quality of waves.”

Fortunately, then typhoon Lupit delivered the goods in the Philippines for most of the duration of the event, with big, perfect barrels on call for the Billabong Cloud 9 Invitational. Despite having to put on hold several days due to epic conditions then expected to hit the region, Cloud 9 still provided the ideal forum for a world-class field of surfers with multiple 10 point rides going down in rising 2-2.5 metre (6-8ft) waves.

In the end, Australian surfer Garrett Parkes has taken out the Billabong Cloud 9 Invitational, beating Hawaiian Makua Rothman in a man-on-man final.

Parkes, who stitched up the Gold Coast’s Joel Nantes (Coolangatta) in the quarters before taking down local Carlito Nogalo in the semis, made the most of the smaller conditions to bag two mid-range scores – a 5.50 and a 4.67- in the extended 35 minute final. Parkes collected USD $7,500 for the win while Rothman was able to get USD $ 4,500 for his efforts.

The Billabong Cloud 9 Invitational Surfing Championship 2009 was proudly supported by Billabong, Province of Surigao Del Norte, Stoked Inc., Von Zipper sunglasses, Nixon, Kustom footwear, Friendster, and Sagana Resort.


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