SEA Games: Surfing competition postponed, as rough waves hit La Union

Michelle Soriano, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 07 2019 11:42 PM

Participants in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games were sent back to their hotels on Saturday after matches were suspended due to rough waves in San Juan town, La Union.

“Normal 'yan sa mga surf competitions. It’s called a lay day. Actually the waves are really good for pro surfers but the women here nahihirapan sila. (Sunday), it’s gonna be smaller waves so it’s best for everyone,” said competition manager Kat Bolina.

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On Friday, surfing events were suspended for the same reason. An Indonesian surfer’s leg rope snapped and was rescued by Roger Casugay amid their match.

National coach Luke Landrigan said postponement of the competition will help athletes recharge for the finals on Sunday.

“It’s good na makaka-rest sila for one more day. Bukas is bakbakan na because last day na. Meron tayong isang girl na kasali sa dalawang divisions, si Daisy,” shared Landrigan.

Daisy Valdez will fight for bronze medals in the shortboard and longboard categories.

Meanwhile, Jevy Mae Agudo is assured of at least a silver medal in the longboard division.

All seven surfers of the Philippine team reached the finals.

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